If you have cancer, do we call you cancerous?

If someone has cancer, we don’t refer to them as being cancerous. We say; “He is suffering from cancer.” So, when someone is diagnosed with schizophrenia, why say; “He is schizophrenic?” I say, “he has schizophrenia. “This way, the individual remains a person and not an illness.

At the hospital one day, I overheard one of the patients ask; “Do you know what a zoo is? A place for animals to study the habits of human beings.”

Someone asked me: “Do you know the definition of a psychiatrist? ”

“A specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else.”

This same patient told my husband; “Never have more children than car windows.”

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

1 thought on “If you have cancer, do we call you cancerous?

  1. Debra Markus

    Amazing collection of ideas that I am going to pass on to a number of people who can understand and relate and get the messages. SUPER THOUGHTS!


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