I think in words and phrases, always have.
My current irritant is the phrase: "It's not fair" and while I don't think I ever said it myself during my treatment, though I probably had more of a right to than most, I considered it a redundant statement. If life was fair, we'd all look like Angelina Jolie and have her bank balance (and her husband!!)but how dull and uninteresting. "It's not fair" is a juvenile response to a situation and belongs in the pile with "why me? and "it's my turn now".
You don't start out in life with a little instruction book, no one 'picks' you from a lottery to get cancer - it's the bloody luck of the draw, or having a stupid chromasome mutation. For all the whingers I came across years ago who'd rather lie in bed and moan "it's not fair" instead of sit up and fight for their right to live I say, "No, it isn't, but that's the life you got, so you can either lie back and give up or stand up and live.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.