Our research on metaphors for cancer at Lancaster University (http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/melc/) has shown that metaphors can be a helpful resource for talking and thinking about the experience of illness. However, different metaphors suit different people, or the same person at different times. We have therefore created this ‘Metaphor Menu’ for people living with cancer – a collection of metaphors inspired by a range of different people who have experienced cancer.
We hope that at least some of these metaphors may be helpful to you, whether for personal or professional purposes. We would be grateful to receive feedback on the Menu, and we encourage you to suggest your own metaphors if you wish (see below). If you would like to use the Menu to support others (in patient support groups, healthcare practice, etc.), please contact Professor Elena Semino at Lancaster University: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to hear your thoughts. Please complete and submit the form below.[contact-form to=”email@example.com” subject=”Metaphor menu feedback”][contact-field label=”Name (optional)” type=”name”][contact-field label=”Email (optional)” type=”email”][contact-field label=”How is the Metaphor Menu relevant to you? Select all the options that apply:” type=”checkbox-multiple” options=”I have/have had cancer.,I am looking after/have looked after someone with cancer.,I am a healthcare professional.,I work in the charity sector.,I work in the media.,I volunteer in the cancer sector.”][contact-field label=”Other reason the Metaphor Menu is relevant to you (please fill in if none of the previous reasons apply).” type=”textarea”][contact-field label=”How helpful did you find the Metaphor Menu? On a scale of 1 (not at all helpful) to 5 (very helpful)” type=”checkbox-multiple” options=”1,2,3,4,5″][contact-field label=”If you found it helpful, can you tell us how it can be helpful, and for whom? ” type=”textarea”][contact-field label=”How do you think we could improve the Menu?” type=”textarea”][contact-field label=”Do you have any metaphors that you think could be added to the Menu?” type=”textarea”][contact-field label=”Do you have any other comments?” type=”textarea”][/contact-form]
Elena Semino and the project team