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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tell me you've never done this.
Posted by Jill | 9:11 PM

I can't tell you how many times in my life I've been convinced I have cancer. The infected hair follicle that I was convinced meant I had leukemia. The headache that lasted 3 days that had me convinced I had a brain tumor. Ovulation pain that had me convinced I had ovarian cancer. For someone who hates to go to doctors, I've sure put up with a lot of anxiety to avoid going to them. And meanwhile, I come from a family where we're so mean the Goddess does't want us and keeps us here a long, long time. My mother has survived 18 years after lung cancer surgery. You know what the 5-year survival rate for lung cancer is? 15%. And Mom is still kicking 18 years later. And still smoking. I'm serious. Don't fuck with us, because we are made out of tough stuff.

So after obsessing about cancer my entire life, what do I do now? Work on oncology clinical trials. Don't ever let it be said that the Goddess (or Jehovah, if you like) doesn't have a snarky sense of humor.

So after watching Marc Maron on Conan at the top of this post (actually not pissing off the right, more's the pity), don't you dare tell me you've never gone through exactly what he describes. In fact, tell me about when you did.

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Blogger CSPANgeek said...
So I definitely have skin cancer because I have moles. Sometimes my right foot cramps up because of my diabetes. After I smoke a joint (I live in MA, it's legal so I can say that) I get a pain in my back from my lung cancer. I have a scar that's still visible due to my leukemia.

I'm with you girl!

On a personal note, I haven't been active in the blogosphere since 2008 (I was Jen Clark back then writing Little Country Lost- not that I expect you to remember) and when I last signed on, you were down on your luck on the job front. Glad to see you found another job, Jill! I hope you are liking it :)