1. Cancer is not a war, or a fight.
  2. It is not something you can win, even if you survive.
  3. To say a person who died of cancer "lost" their battle with cancer is to do a huge disservice to that person's grit and strength.
  4. When people die in war, we do not say that the soldier lost the war.
  5. Death is a side effect of life.
  6. It comes for all of us, some younger than others.
  7. To say one lost their battle is to imply they gave up, or let cancer take them.
  8. We don't need metaphors to understand the horrific death that comes from cancer.
  9. We need truth. Bold, plain and real.
  10. That is how we honor the dead, and confront the disease.