I can’t believe I said something awful to someone with cancer
This in no way excuses my gaffe. As the Six Time Cancer Survivor and I talked more, she said she wasn’t sure whether to treat the cancer she currently had (I’m so much of a douche I can’t remember which body part). I didn’t know if that meant the cancer was inoperable or terminal and I didn’t have the right vocabulary, or apparently the couth, to respond to this information appropriately. I don’t know what possessed me, but I said, “What is your prognosis?” She just sort of shrugged. Who the fuck asks a stranger how long they have to live? Apparently my stupid ass. So, Six Time Cancer Survivor, I fall on my sword. I am so sorry I asked such an insensitive and personal question. Sometimes I totally suck.
I wonder if this internet absolution thing works? Leave a comment explaining what you would like to take back if you could or if you’ve been on the receiving end of a sincerely insensitive comment that left you speechless.
P.S. Also, at a high school basketball game in 12th grade, I made fun of Dyan’s mom for dressing her daughter in Garanimals clothing. (Dyan always wore impeccably-matched clothing). I apologize for that. I only remember because my classmate Dyan was seated nearby and I was mortified she may have heard me. That makes me a double schmuck.
P.P.S. The wedding photographer was taking pictures of family members at one of the weddings I was in. As I watched the bride’s family being photographed, I let loose a litany of unfavorable comments about the bride’s step mother. Words like “dumpy” and “unattractive” and “not nearly as cute as the first wife.”. I was unaware that the videographer was recording right next to where I sat.
P.P.P.S. (at what point of the “P.S.” chain am I supposed to start using Roman numerals?) Wow. That felt good. I’m sure this is an exhaustive list of all the lame, gawk-worthy blunders I’ve said over the years.