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1-20-2011 @ 4:35PM
So, uh, how is Paul's kidney transplant relevant to the story? I've recently noticed people describing themselves as such-and-such survivors, as if it were a profession or some kind of badge of honour.Is this a specifically American phenomenon? Just wondering.
1-20-2011 @ 4:50PM
It's just a chatty, conversationy tidbit. Like just an "interesting fact about yourself" type deal. And yes, there's probably a shred of pride to it too. But we all have the right to mention various things we survived or whatnot - it can bring some sympathy, which everyone always likes :D (except when they're really grouchy I suppose).At least, that's my Canadian perspective (there, I'm waving my "interesting fact about myself" around).
1-20-2011 @ 7:15PM
Go through a transplant, or some other similarly serious medical trauma, and you'll understand.
1-20-2011 @ 7:34PM
survivor is used instead of victim.so people say I am a breast cancer survivor to emphasize they have overcome it and it no longer controls them as opposed to saying 'i had Br Ca'. 'i was the victim of domestic violence' vs 'i survived domestic violence'it is empowering. It is most likely a US phenom, I don't think our friends in Canada do this.
1-21-2011 @ 7:01AM
Well, thanks for your answers. It just seems like an enormous overidentification with the disease, if you state part of your medical history right next to your profession. I've never seen this outside the US and I was just curious.
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