Fighting Cancer and a Pandemic
The U.S. has a lack of empathy for people with weakened immune systems right now
Fighting cancer, a pandemic, and a lack of empathy. Skyy Hook pens a powerful essay in Zora about her experience dealing with breast cancer as Covid-19 hit, and the horror at the United States’ desire to reopen so quickly. She writes:
“When Covid hit, it felt as if somehow I became expendable to certain sections of society who seemed to think it was okay to sacrifice us — those with “weakened immune systems and preexisting conditions” — to reopen cities and states and the nation at large.
It was indeed a complete shock, after being tortured for nine months just to get to keep the privilege of living life, that people would start to suggest people like me just go somewhere and die for the sake of the economy and the country. It was as if our recent battles were small and not of any accomplishment at all.”
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