Flash Fiction Challenge: Explore the Complications of Heroism from Chuck Wendig.
“You are a hero!” my best friend whispered as she hugged me tightly.
“Why?”I asked,“Because I didn’t die?”
Still standing after a brutal year-long Round One in the ring with cancer and its insidious treatment, I need to squeeze my eyes shut to remember my own story. I squint as I pull the memories out of the bloodied recesses of my synapses and speak with deliberation. Having forgotten mundane words which once flew off the tip of my tongue, I struggle to string the sentence together in the fog.
There is a normal range of brain damage for boxers and chemo patients.
Like Rocky, I took a beating. I think if the Oncologists said “Listen, we may cure your cancer, but you and your body will be kicked ahead ten to fifteen years at the molecular level”
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