The results of the test I took on Monday confirm the diagnosis. On Friday I go for an MRI.
Susan Sontag, who had cancer, wrote an essay called Illness as Metaphor in which she objected to the way the word "cancer" was used to describe social ills, etc. But language is metaphor. To me, right now, what I am going through as a cancer patient is so similar to what our country is enduring that I can't separate one from the other. I have been thrown into a perpetual state of emergency that feels very much in tune with what is happening to our democracy. The Republicans are like a metastasized cancer, now at work bringing disorder, attacking vital organs, opposed by an increasingly devitalized immune system and ending with total collapse. The assault on the government is seemingly unstoppable. Now that they have the power, they have gone crazy and are in a position to destroy us all.
You are not crazy.— ...she persisted. 🗽 (@leahmcelrath) February 9, 2017
Things are as bad as you fear and likely even worse.
But you are NOT alone.
Millions of us are with you, seeing it too.