A photo of a boy wearing a medical mask that’s often used for protection against common germs like the common cold and flu

I have recently begun chemotherapy for my Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage 2 cancer. Chemotherapy slows down the rate at which your body produces immune system workers (as well as every other type of cell in your body). This means, it is very easy for your little microscropic warriors to get overwhelmed by germs, like the common cold and flu. For this reason, precautions must be taken in order to try to avoid getting sick. This might be why you see someone walking around with a mask that cover the nose and mouth up. Another reason could be that they are just trying to avoid catching say the flu during the winter months.

The reason I write this article is that I recently dealt with someone rather rude in the supermarket. I was wearing my mask and some person (looked like a man in their 30s) walked by me and said very sarcastically “Trying to avoid the chem trails?” and I could hear him trying to keep in a laugh. Now, most people are generally sympathetic for me when they see my mask. Then we have these morons who make these kinds of comments.

For starters, “chem trails” have been completely debunked, numerous times, by multiple reputable sources. Two, I live in the middle of practically nowhere in a small town. I don’t think those “chem trails” (even if they were real) would be anywhere near this middle of nowhere, tiny town.

I did not respond to the man, but I did glare at him and if looks could kill, he would have been dead. I hate dealing with these kinds of people in public who go out of their way to make themselves look like a complete jerk. I have cancer at the ripe age of 24. “Cancer” is a terrifying diagnosis for most people and people hate to think that it affects the younger generations.

Did I want to make this man feel awful for what he said? You bet. However, I kept to myself because I did not have the energy or patience to deal with such foolishness.

I’m a queer adopted healthcare worker who writers in their spare time. I have a MPH degree.

I’m a queer adopted healthcare worker who writers in their spare time. I have a MPH degree.