Fighting Cancer During COVID Taught Me About Our Strange Relationship With Disease
Why Didn’t Coronavirus Garner the Same Fear and Respect as My Diagnosis?
An itchy, oozing little sore at the top of my right ear had me mildly concerned.
“I think I might have gotten a spider bite while sleeping,” I told the dermatologist.
He took one look and shook his head. “I’m afraid not.”
It was July 15, 2020. That same day, 971 people in the U.S. reportedly died of COVID-19, which, for the moment, put my ear nuisance in perspective. But what at first appeared to be an insect bite, and then an easily cured case of skin cancer, would rapidly progress …