Finding Community in Surviving Cancer
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“Cancer,” Jason Pike wrote in his first blog post last April. “It fucking sucks and it’s hard to explain.”
After realizing that a diagnosis of throat cancer meant surgery would temporarily steal his ability to speak, Pike, a Chicago entrepreneur, turned to blogging as a way to keep friends and family in the loop on his progress.
“As many cancer patients will attest, the act of treatment and recovery is boring as hell,” says the 30-year-old, who blogs at As Yet Unfinished. “There I was, lying in hospital rooms on intense painkillers, sitting in waiting rooms awaiting my daily radiation treatments or lying on my couch watching the same episodes of the same shows over and over. Add to that the sum total of being in pain, scared of dying and unable to speak, and my nature as an expressive artist, and it was shockingly easy for me to keep [the blog] updated.”
Super thankful for my Tumblr cancer buddies. :)