A new art project is exploring the experiences of breast cancer on a woman’s body and soul, and the women behind it want to stop using the word “survivor” to describe people who’ve beaten the disease.
Cancer Grad wants to transform the traditional cancer narrative by providing a platform finding new perspectives, sharing experiences, and connecting with support groups.
The site was founded by Aniela McGuinness and Nora McMahon, who met through a mutual friend. They had plenty in common, including a similar sense of humor — and a cancer diagnosis.
The two became firm friends and realized they both struggled with the term “cancer survivor”. They wanted to approach their diagnoses and recoveries in a way that didn’t have negative connotations of a battle, or a war.
The two decided to stop saying that they had “survived”, and instead say they had “graduated”. They found that the positive approach of cancer turned it from a disease into an opportunity to learn.