The world is still reeling from the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who passed away this week from colon cancer.
The tragic news of Boseman's death at the age of 43 was heightened by the revelation that he’d been suffering with colon cancer for four years privately. It came as an important reminder that we never really know what other people are going through, and that pain can be hidden.
Announcing his death, Boseman’s family described him as “a true fighter”.
Beautiful tributes have flooded in for Boseman from across the world. He is someone who clearly meant so much to many people.
Cancer is an illness that many people have been impacted by, either as a patient themselves or through someone close to them. Because so many people have been impacted by it, the language we use to talk about it really matters to people. Depending on a person’s experience with the disease, they might have a different view on how it should be talked about.
Some people have pointed out phrases such as describing someone as a “fighter” or cancer as a “battle” aren’t helpful to everyone, depending on their on experience.
@Mawktawk @jessecase My daughter was 2.5 when she was diagnosed with cancer. I always hated it when other parents u… https://t.co/YGb6WDPTip