Cancer isn't funny, right?
January 24, 2013 8:26 PM Subscribe
How to not overreact when people joke about cancer?
posted by thank you silence to Human Relations (34 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, so I'm kind of in the heat of emotion right now because I just logged onto Facebook to see a friend post a status which reads, "Like [organization's page] or we'll all get cancer." I used to belong to the organization for several years; it was an intimate group of people who perform on stage. My mom died last year of cancer and it was the worst thing that has ever happened to me by far. I went through months of grief counseling and I'm now on antidepressants and I'm in a good place, but right now I am SO FUCKING ANGRY I feel like walking to that girl's house and ripping her hair out. I commented on the status by saying "This isn't funny" and I hid the story from my newsfeed.
I'm not really sure what my question is. I guess I just want to know how to keep my cool when people make insensitive comments about serious things like cancer in jest. I really want to send her a message or something but I don't want to be on a soapbox all the time, but you know what, I had to change my mom's diaper because her disease turned her into a helpless feeble creature who suffered immensely, so don't fucking make a joke about it.