By Adam Baer in the Los Angeles Times.
A colleague recently announced that he’d been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. Don’t worry, he wrote. He promised to fight. He promised to recover.
As a survivor of multiple cancers and rare diseases, I’ve had to write my fair share of group emails alerting friends and family to medical news. So I understand the impulse to sound upbeat. Diagnosis emails and social-media posts are now a genre with set tropes and expected turns of phrase.
We swear we’ll morph into rays of light during the darkest times in our lives. We vow to battle our infirmities — as if that were possible beyond seeking treatment — and to become “well again.”
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