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Posts by Morgan Boyer

Survivor, Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Morgan Boyer was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2017. She’s also the author of The Serotonin Cradle (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and a graduate of Carlow University. Boyer has been featured in Oyez Review, Kallisto Gaia Press, Voices from the Attic, Pennsylvania English, and The Pittsburgh City Paper. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her supportive family. 

I Am Not Your Cute Subplot: Cancer in Media

by Morgan Boyer June 13, 2020

Next time, give me a cancer character who is too exhausted from their chemo to do the dishes so they take their pills with a coffee mug. Give me a cancer character whose chemo fog causes them to forget to text their roommate to get toilet paper at the store and the moment they realize it they cuss. Give me a cancer character who hates taking the dog out because every time a neighbor stops to ask them how they’re doing, even though they just spoke to each other yesterday, so why would it have changed? Give me a cancer character who is annoyed at all of the people they’ve ever known on Facebook posting on their wall about how bad they feel for them.