Many people I have met in the childhood cancer community are of the opinion that it is a privilege to care about something like an election – that instead of caring about who rules our country they care that they or their child survive to one day vote. I wholeheartedly agree.
On the flip side, to me this does not mean that I shouldn’t care about the election in favor of dedicating all of my emotional energy to childhood cancer. Cancer has stripped me of so many important parts of my identity – of my daily life and my community and the right to my body. It has stripped me of the ability to be looked at as much other than “that girl who got cancer” by so many of you. For me to live is to care about things like the election. For me to revoke that privilege is to turn my own mind over to this disease. There are times where I have been forced to do that, but fortunately this is not one of those times.
I am angry and sad that our country has chosen to elect someone who celebrates bigotry in so many ways – racism, sexism, homophobia, sexual assault, islamophobia, and more. I am sad not only that this person is our president-elect, but that so much of our country contributed to making this so. I have disagreed with many politicians, but have never felt so personally attacked by a candidate. I refuse to surrender these feelings because I had cancer.
Tomorrow, I will turn 21 years old. This is a birthday I had no expectation of seeing. I am honored that literally hundreds of people have directly played a role in me reaching this day. I am ecstatic that I will reach it in good enough health to attend the bone marrow drive we will be holding tomorrow in White Plaza. I am devastated that we will do so under the cloud of Trump’s election.
Please join Stanford Chi Omega, Sig Ep, ISC, IFC, Be the Match, and the Bone Marrow Foundation from 11-3 tomorrow in White Plaza. We will be registering bone marrow donors and accepting donations for the Bone Marrow Foundation to directly support a fellow CHO BMT patient, Antonio.
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1131024890326859/
Donation page here: https://onetoonefunds.crowdsterapp.com/antoniobeshears