Hello, Cancer

The following is a great article written by an American young adult cancer survivor:

By Sally Franson, December 12, 2009

I remember that she wore red shoes. Her feet were tiny and she was wearing pantyhose. She examined the lump on my neck for all of 20 seconds before leaning back in her swivel chair and pronouncing: “This is probably a lymphoma.”

At some point in that meeting she prescribed me antidepressants, and I think we scheduled a biopsy, but what I mostly remember are her shoes. I stared at them while she talked to me about treatment options and mentioned that pop Christian book, The Shack. She said I was lucky. She said, “You are going to learn some important lessons early that some people never learn.” I nodded and pretended I knew what she was talking about.

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