A Brief Blog Profile: August, Interrupted
by Thomas Hynes
August, Interrupted is a blog about a young executive turned cancer patient. The site chronicles her journey of "strength, humor and the fight to come out stronger on the other side." She's right about the humor. I never thought I'd say this next sentence, but... This blog about a woman with cancer is actually pretty funny. And I think you know the type of humor she speaks of. It's that gallows humor that brings levity to an otherwise grim situation. It's making lemonade out of life's lemons. It's a glass-half-full perspective when just about everyone else might only see broken shards.
For instance, this top 10 list on why it doesn't suck to have cancer is an example of the author's outlook. She jokes about using her diagnosis to get out of speeding tickets and invitations to bridal showers. She winks at her readers with #8's reminder that medical marijuana is available to patients. She reminds readers that 'bad hair days' don't mean a thing to cancer patients. On another post entitled "I never really liked them" she describes the scene moments before her mastectomy, joking with her husband about what new breasts she should get after the procedure. Some might call this offensive. But I'd counter by saying it's actually optimistic. She WILL recover. Life plans WILL be made for the end of this ordeal.
The tagline of August, Interrupted is "keeping my head above water" and the banner picture which accompanies it is of a submerged woman in a white dress with, as you may have guessed, only her head above water. To me the picture is of a woman who has not quite drowned. She can still breathe. She can still laugh. And while I know laughter isn't actual medicine, it certainly does help.