بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
This piece was developed for an ongoing online event series on community care and covid-19 (every 1.5 weeks, 7.30pm GMT/ 3.30pm EST). To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While I’m proud that I could write this piece on the cancer and covid-19, I’m incredibly grateful to the people in my community that worked through drafts of this piece with me. Massive thanks to Kyoung Kim, Talia Talibuddin, Farzana Khan, Remi Joseph-Salisbury, Wasi Daniju, Hodan Yusuf, Maryam Jameela, Rukayat Johnson, Basirat Johnson: you helped me build the courage to get this out.
Thanks to my therapist for getting me to a place where I could speak about the cancer in public. As my family and friends have (somewhat indelicately) stated, the work you’ve done with me has been transformative.
Special thanks to Farzana Khan and Healing Justice London for organising the event where I first read this piece. I’m so inspired by the bravery, thoughtfulness and love that infuses all of Farzana’s work and being: I couldn’t have hoped for a better place to discuss the cancer aloud for the first time. It’s such an honour to work with you in putting forward a vision for community care during this moment in time.
As I mention at the end of the piece, I have already said all that I want to say about the cancer. Please do not get in touch to discuss cancer further.
BY AZEEZAT JOHNSON
I have been processing the widespread anxiety caused by an illness that knows no borders and has no cure. As my loved ones and colleagues know, in October 2017, I received a call that I had been dreading for the previous 10 years: the cancer had returned. Anyone who has dealt with […]