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  • anahiseri

    Senior Member
    Spanish (Spain) and German (Germany)
    I suppose what the speaker has in mind is that very often patients with cancer are said to be brave (because they fight the disease ?), while he/she thinks having cancer doesn't turn you into a brave person.
     

    MilkyBarKid

    Senior Member
    British English
    Almost invariable, when the media report someone's death from cancer, it is depicted as 'he died after a long battle with cancer'. If the patient had resigned himself to his fate, smiles, doesn't bemoan his fate, then people depict this as 'being brave' as 'battles cancer'.
    However, the author is decrying ' what’s so brave about having cancer', which doesn't really make sense. One doesn't have much choice if one has cancer. The bravery, if one wishes to depict as such, is in how one copes with its effects, and chemotherapy.
     
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