As we finish up these last few days of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage all of the ladies out there to be vigilant about their health not just in October, but throughout the whole year. Today’s post comes to us from Christina, where she relates as a writer to a bizarre tale of a woman faking a cancer experience.
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I once read a Glamour Magazine article about a lady who faked having breast cancer. First of all, yes, I have an unhealthy love affair with Glamour. Secondly, whaa? Shaved her head and everything. She even burned her own neck with a curling iron to mimic treatment side effects. I realize this isn’t a glowing example of breast cancer awareness support, per se, but it’s interesting, right? Odd thing is, she’s not the first or the last to do it.
I once faked having diabetes as a kid. I even grabbed a random bottle of pills from the family medicine cabinet and swallowed one with a splash of water to prove to my poor friend who happened to be spending the night with me that I could go into a diabetic coma on a moment’s notice. That said, I’m not saying the cancer-faking lady is right, and I’m certainly not going to go shave my eyebrows off and tell everyone how hard chemo’s going now that I’m an adult, but I am saying I understand the desire for massive attention. It’s likely the reason I love writing. Having someone read what I write gives me essentially the same feeling I got standing on the kitchen chair as a kid, reaching for that unknown bottle of pills, delighted by my friend’s mouth hanging agape. I’m an attention junkie.
And if you’re reading this blog, you might be an attention junkie, too. Even if most of your writing is done in journals at this point, you’ve got to admit to that occasional daydream of some publisher just “happening” upon your prose and launching you to fame. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for that any longer. Kbuuk is here, ready to help you launch your book right where you need it. No shaved heads required.