Chasing away the big black bird: a monologue on cancer and depression by Jeff Simmermon

My friend Jeff Simmermon talks in this video about cancer and depression. He nails it. Jeff explains,
I had testicular cancer in the spring of 2009. The cancer wasn't really the hard part, it was mostly the depression, combined with all the dumb shit that people had to say about it. I told this story at The Moth on February 13th, 2013 - the theme was "Love Hurts." A version of this was published in a cool book illustrated by Arthur Jones called "The Post-It Note Diaries," but this is pretty different. If you want to see more stories, art, or information about where else I might be performing, check out my blog at andiamnotlying.com.

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One Response to “Chasing away the big black bird: a monologue on cancer and depression by Jeff Simmermon”

  1. mindysan33 says:

    That was outstanding and totally went in a direction I did not expect. :-)

    I know my dad struggled a bit with depression while he was going through radiation and then right after, especially when they told him that he wouldn’t be able to take chemo. 

    It’s good that Jeff can laugh about it. I think what got me through my dad’s death and funeral, etc, is my families extraordinary ability to laugh in the face of death and despair…. mostly by telling family stories… 

    Also, FUCK CANCER… In the  ear!!!

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