In this issue
Archives
Issue #24 August 29, 2013 Aug 29, 2013 Aug 29
Issue #9 January 31, 2013 Jan 31, 2013 Jan 31
Issue #1 October 11, 2012 Oct 11, 2012 Oct 11
 
 
 
From Issue #7 January 3, 2013

What I Do for a Living

As a Web site grew, so did a cancer.

By Federico Viticci Twitter icon 

First conversations with doctors are awkward, particularly when you’re 23 and you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Inevitably, you’ll talk with many doctors in many hospitals in many rooms with the same uncomfortable chairs and outdated Windows XP computers connected to printers that make terrible rattles. And your parents will be there every time as well.

You’re going to have to answer questions about your name, address, habits, and, yes, what you do for a living, while your parents whisper the answers with you. But since I was diagnosed with cancer 12 months ago, every time a doctor arrived at “What do you do for a living?”, my parents remained silent, turning to look at me. He’s got to answer this one.

Illustration by Caty Bartholomew.

Buy this issue to finish reading this article. You can purchase this issue via The Magazine’s app for iPad and iPhone, too! Current subscribers, log in to keep reading.

We’re independently owned, have no ads, and are entirely funded by subscribers.