Difference Between Recuperation and Recovery of Cancer

So many people think recuperation and recovery are not different. In fact, that view is wrong. In today’s Cases column in Science Times, Dana Jennings writes about the difference between recuperating from an illness and the full recovery that often eludes people with cancer. He writes:

Recuperation is just physical. The claw of the surgical incision relaxes its grip on your gut. You graduate from catheter to man-diapers to man-pads to, finally, your very own comfy boxers. Energy seeps back into your body after the radiation and the hormone therapy cease.

But recovery means wholeness: mind, body and spirit. And I reached a point last summer and fall when I realized that even though I was back at work, once again juking and stutter-stepping my way through the streets of Manhattan, I hadn’t recovered at all.

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