The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Kim J. Young is a naturalist and biologist who recently received her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Writing program. She lives in York County, Pennsylvania, on the farm she writes about in her essay.
I ask if I have cancer. Somehow this still isn’t clear to me. When the doctor confirms that I do, it is an odd relief. I don’t want to have to explain to people that the “architectural pattern of my breast lesion features an intraductal papillomatous tumor.” Saying I have cancer will be easier, except when I tell my mother.