April 13, 2012

Playing the cancer card

There are times that I just want to say to people, "Stop that (annoying behavior)! Don't you know I have CANCER?" This is known as playing the cancer card.

Annoying behaviors might be any of the following:

"How are you?" (said with great emphasis on are and with Bambi eyes). How do you think I am? I have CANCER!

"That haircut is so cute on you!" My hair is this radically short and has barely grown in months because I have CANCER.

You can imagine other annoying things people with cancer face on a daily basis from even the most well-intentioned family and friends.

Or we living with cancer might play the cancer card to get on the disabled line at the airport security check in ("I can't stand on a longer line because my CANCER disabled me"). There's more, I'll leave it to your imagination.

Well, now we can really play the cancer card, because the people at The Stupid Cancer Store have actually invented one. I bought a pack of ten for $14.99 plus shipping and was thrilled when they recently arrived. I immediately put one in my wallet and added the fob to my keychain. Yesterday, participants at my support group received the other nine cards. Everyone was delighted!

Feel free to support the underlying organization, The I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation - i[2]y.

Young adults, a largely unknown group in the war on cancer, account for 72,000 new diagnoses each year. That's one every eight minutes. It's also seven times more all than pediatric cancers. This is not OK!
Stupid Cancer (aka The I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, i[2]y) is a non-profit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services. We are the nation's largest support community for this underserved population and serve as a bullhorn for the young adult cancer movement.
Our charter is to ensure that no one goes unaware of the age-appropriate resources they are entitled to so they can get busy living.
For more information, visit http://stupidcancer.org.


  1. Where's the like button? I need a cancer card. I especially hate what people say to other people with cancer...See this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0_7JJrU9HUg

  2. You look beautiful for your Passover celebration. My daughter is 23 and almost a year in remission from brain medulloblastoma. We will be having our follow up next week. Wish you well and prayers.

  3. Marcy6:15 PM

    Shehechiyanu, kiddo. Hang in there!

  4. Hi sweet lady,
    Hang in there!!!

    Big hugs from Indiana

  5. Love it! Here's another version: http://ihatebreastcancer.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/special-gift-guide-edition/