is this real life?

Getting cancer in your 30s is surreal as it gets. Lindsay Jean Thomson documents every step of the way.

Fighting Words
Fighting Words

All the Ways People Shame My Post-Cancer Body

You can miss me with the fake nipples, doc.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
6.22.18
is this real life?
is this real life?

After Cancer, You Still Have to Get Used to Your New Body

For now, I’m healing from surgery nicely and enjoying the novelty of having small breasts.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
1.29.18
is this real life?
is this real life?

My Plastic Surgeon Made My Post-Cancer Breasts Two Sizes Too Small

“This has never happened to me before,” he says.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
1.4.18
is this real life?
is this real life?

My Cancer Doctor Suggested I Order a Vagina Egg

He went full-on Goop on me.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
12.26.17
is this real life?
is this real life?

Cancer Doesn’t Make Me a Victim

I danced at the edge and came back stronger, and happier. So I'm good, thanks.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
12.13.17
is this real life?
is this real life?

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Healthy’ or ‘Sick’ After You’ve Had Cancer

When my oncologist finally gets back to me, she swiftly crushes my idea of remission.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
12.11.17
is this real life?
is this real life?

Recovering From Cancer Means Convincing a Lot of People That I'm Okay

I’m like the car accident you can’t take your eyes off of.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
11.20.17
is this real life?
is this real life?

I Don’t Need Motivational Signs to Get Through Cancer Treatment

They're unnerving, like I'm being gaslit.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
9.13.17
is this real life?
is this real life?

The Radiation For My Cancer Could Give Me More Cancer

Not the consolation prize I had in mind.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
9.6.17
is this real life?
is this real life?

Episode 9: My Surgery Bill Was 75K

I was responsible for $300. Thanks, Obama.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
8.24.17
is this real life?
is this real life?

Episode 8: One of the Weirdest Parts of Cancer is Getting Used to My New Breast

I don't know what passes for normal anymore.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
8.8.17
is this real life?
is this real life?

Episode 7: The Day I Said Goodbye to My Right Breast

I can't stop thinking about what kind of bra I'll wear and how it will work.
Lindsay Jean Thomson
6.9.17