In the 1994 film “The Crow” the late Brandon Lee’s Eric Draven comes back from the dead with superpowers to exact revenge on the gang of men who killed him and his fiancée. There is a scene in which he places his hands on a villain to make the villain feel all the pain he and his fiancée felt, which ends up killing the villain if I remember correctly.

I don’t wish cancer upon anyone. But if I could have one superpower from the world of comic books (although “The Crow” is considered a graphic novel, but I’m not getting into that), this is the power I want to have. Not the power to fly, be invisible, shoot webs from my wrist, or do whatever the hell Aquaman does (“Aquaman sucks!” –Raj, on “The Big Bang Theory”). I wish I could somehow transfer all the fear I’ve felt since 2010 to those who criticize preventative mastectomy as being fear driven, so they would KNOW fear. Come here honey, let me tell you the story of fear and cancer. And while we’re at it, let me remind you I did not have a mastectomy, I was able to do lumpectomy, but I know damn well not to judge another’s medical decisions, just as everyone else damn well better not judge mine. It’s called empathy, look into it.

Oh, BTW, y’all already knew I’m The Hulk, right? Ha ha. Always angry, trying not to smash everything.


Author: Cancer Curmudgeon

Oct 2010 diagnosed with Stage 3, HER2+ Breast Cancer. Completed treatment Jan 2012. Waaaaaay over pink. Applying punk rock sensibility to how I do cancer.

2 thoughts on “Superpowers”

  1. I agree. Although some of the disagreement is couched positively, some of the criticism has a mean girl quality to it. Cancer is one of those scary things that brings out the best and the worst in people. I did not put that poetically, but it is true.


    1. It’s hard, coming at it from a film fan view, I’ve always thought her over-rated as an actress. I’ve said quite a bit negatively about BRCA testing usefulness on this blog, and my opinions have not changed, in fact, all I’ve learned from the fall out this week reaffirms my view that it works for a few, but for me the test was not helpful. But the lack of understanding, the lack of even trying to see it from another’s point of view…is intolerable and warranted a post.


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