Thursday, May 28, 2009
Cancer Doesn't Hurt Response
Hi everyone! Thanks for the great comments on the Cancer Doesn't Hurt post. I completely agree that cancer is terrifying -- my mother had it four different times before ultimately dying of it. My ex-boyfriend had a lung removed because of it (and no, he didn't smoke) along with a few rounds of radiation and two rounds of chemotheraphy. Countless friends of mine have suffered, either directly or indirectly from this blight. I agree with Charles -- the pink appliances are a way of "owning" it. And I don't want to own it. As for Mark, I like your ribbon, man! I used to wear a red AIDS ribbon when I worked in an AIDS hospice -- I think it gives people support. And like many people mentioned, I don't like the battle metaphors. So and so is fighting a brave battle with cancer. As opposed to another person who is fighting a cowardly battle with it?! For some reason, the language of cancer is all about fighting and war and winning. Why? Does this make people feel better? Nobody I know feels better for this metaphor because, as Will and Mark pointed out, is death ultimately "losing?" It's not a game of Pacman. As for Heff and Jodi, I always like pink, especially hot pink! Special thanks to my buddy Rob for the sweet compliment on the last few sentences. Check out his brilliant, spiritual, smart work! And for all those who are in the midst of cancer, whether suffering themselves or by loving people who are suffering, my deepest sympathies. I'll be back later today with a new post. Thanks again for reading!