Anecdote | Cancer

Debating what is selfish in my situation

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About three weeks ago I collapsed; turns out I had a brain tumor. They did surgery, removed the tumor and now I’m recovering. The tumor was a stage IV brain cancer. It has metastasized.

Is it time for irrational exuberance?

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For the last 9 days, Bitcoin has been flirting with the $40,000 resistance level. Every time it hits that level, I find myself holding my breath. Will it overcome resistance?

But I’m getting better

Me and Snowy playing in the water — photo by a friend

End of April I had brain surgery. They removed a lemon sized tumor from my brain. Then they scheduled radiation. They also informed me I had lung cancer. According to my surgeon, my survival time based on the size of the tumor and the fact that the cancer had already spread to other parts of my body was measured in months, if not weeks.

It doesn’t mean you’re not a great guy (or girl)

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I wrote a story recently about how I made a wonderful friend with a girl who was, at the time, dating one of my ex’s. She actually is now one of my chosen sisters.

Not a good idea, bro

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I was talking to someone the other day who mentioned that one of his relatives is taking out student loans and using the money to buy crypto.

I don’t feel ashamed

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I met her at an event for which I was one of the featured speakers. It was at a funky place called the Spider House, and I was giving a talk on how I got through a mastectomy with my femininity intact.


A faux pas that hurt their paws

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I should have known better.

It’s already starting to work

Radiation therapy mask — from Unsplash

I was diagnosed with brain cancer a couple of months ago. First I had surgery. Then I had radiation. The illustration above is what that looks like — they stick you into this mask that they bolt down to the table so you can’t move. Then they stick you under the radiation for 30–45 minutes. And yeah, it’s about as pleasant as it sounds. The machine makes a variety of unpleasant noises, it’s incredibly hard to swallow because they stick a strap in your mouth, and I also had a hard time breathing. …

But I still don’t want to see a stranger’s penis

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The first time I knowingly interacted with a transgender person was in a ladies’ room at the Museum of Natural History in Houston, Texas. I am sure I had encountered trans people before then, but I hadn’t noticed.

Now I have a sore throat

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I’m a cancer survivor.

Shefali O'Hara

Cancer survivor, artist, writer, engineer. Grew up in NYC, living in Austin. Love animals, books, hikes, art, travel, D&D and fireworks.

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