Lani Horn (a.k.a. Chemobabe) is a social scientist in her “regular life.” She created ChemoBabe as a persona who could “talk back bluntly to the euphemistic ways people skirt the horror of cancer in everyday conversations.” Lani shares her experiences and concerns about pink culture, the breast cancer Cause, and the industry that sometimes seems to focus more on reproducing itself than eradicating the disease and attending to the needs of the diagnosed. Last year Pink Ribbon Blues republished her essay Attention! — a commentary on Komen’s role in the cancer landscape and the “wee bloggers” who seek to hold the organization accountable.
Here, Lani Horn shares the day she found out she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer. October 9, 2009. Three years ago today.