Cancer Vixen

Day 5 of the WEGO Health Activists Writer’s Month Challenge:  “If I could do anything as a Health Activist…”

My first thought was to cure cancer. Today’s prompt said to dream big, so I am. url


Since it’s my dream, I’m claiming two superpowers. In addition to kicking cancer’s ass, I would eliminate all the stupid/inane/insensitive/uncaring/clumsy/offensive things people say to those of us in cancerland. Yeah, yeah; I know sometimes people mean well and just don’t know what to say, but that’s no excuse. No cancer patient needs to hear a comment like this, or certainly not this, no matter how well-intentioned the awkward speaker should be.

So if I could do anything as a health advocate, I would ensure that no one in cancerland ever had to hear anything like this. Ever. 00518B46-24C7-46E0-B621-C284213E7976

5 Comments on “Cancer Vixen”

  1. Eddie says:

    Funny, I wish for cancer for the person who made that image too!

  2. billgncs says:

    yes, like cancer treatment is preferable to giving up donuts.

  3. Patti Ross says:

    You do realize that you already kick ass pretty well, right? You are a great superhero!

  4. Nancy, I love the snark in this post. If only we could eliminate all those ridiculous comments. All we can do is educate, especially through writing. xo

  5. Editor says:

    Oh. My. God. I know I say that nothing surprises me any more, but it’s not true. I’m still blown away by the asinine things people say to people who are going through the very worst of times – sickness, mourning, all manner of suffering. It is just stunning.

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