Everything you've said is so true. Once you've had any kind of cancer, you have so much to offer new patients, but you have to temper what you say or it can be so overwhelming, which is one of the things that I would talk to a new patient about. There is so much information available that reading everything can hurt more than it helps. I refer to reading only what you need at any particular time as just-in-time delivery. The timing and amount of information is so critical.
I couldn't agree more with everything you've said. I've said these same things myself. My compromise statement is that I am a cancer-treatment survivor. Even then, you don't know if one of the side effects might get you down the road. I also have trouble with cancer free and remission. Cancer free seems more optimistic to me than remission but since starts with just one cell, I don't know if cancer free is an accurate statement. I would say that I have finished active treatments; however, since I am still on Tamoxifen, then I am still actively being treated. It's quite the dilemma.