Posts in the Mending Basket Cancer Blog Series
#1: Undoing the Black Woman Body
What happens to the black woman body under the constant impact of misogyny and racism? Where do all the choked-back sobs go? In which part of the female body does a sleepless night and fight response accumulate? … [Read full post]
#2 Old Poems in the Mending Basket
Upon meeting me shook my hand and said he was going to be coordinating the frying of my taint for 6 long weeks, assumed I was taking adept notes about the treatment. I was not. I was rewriting a poem about how ugly I would look without hair once chemo began… [Read full post]
#3 The Road Away from Cancer
You’re an imposter. A big faker. You and your “think of it as a sprint, not a marathon” 6-week chemotherapy and radiation treatment that has left you unmotivated, slow, and questioning … [Read full post]
#4: Womaning Up
“Welcome sister! Where are you from? Here, have a hat. This revolution is love! You’re home! I love you! Pussy grabs back! Love is resistance. Fuck Trump!” … [Read full post]
#5: An Open Letter to the Doctor Who Ignored My Cancer
You denied me months of access to treatment. You delayed me months of access to a cure. You pretended to welcome me into your practice, assessed me, and decided I was not worthy of care and consideration … [Read more]
#6: The Panic of Choking on Cancer’s Bitter Pill
What do you think I’ve been doing since the oncologist declared my tumor gone? I’ve been standing on the beach peering though a telescope in search of an approaching storm I’m told, if I’m lucky, will never come … [Read more]
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