Pretty early on after my DX, Paul played me a recording of a stand-up comedian named Tig Notaro. Tig had just been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and had a gig in LA. She took to the stage and didn’t know what was going to happen next. She decided to throw out her regular set and ended up talking about her DX instead. It was raw, funny, painfully uncomfortable and cathartic.
I highly recommend you download her performance and give it a listen. If you are battling cancer, it will make you laugh and cry and shake your head in agreement. If you are supporting someone who is battling, it will make you laugh and it will help you understand.
Below is a link to Tig on NPR talking about her experience. You can download the actual set, entitled “Tig Notaro – Live” on Amazon. Yes, you have to pay for it. Yes, it’s totally worth every penny.
PS – I should add that Tig is now NED (no evidence of disease), yay!