My wife and I couldn't even watch television after I was diagnosed. It was if cancer itself metastasized into our media. It was EVERYWHERE.
Even today, my wife and I are watching This is US, and haven't missed an episode. And just as much as we love it, my wife is worried that the father character (Jack) will die of cancer. We know so far that he dies, but cause is still unknown...but cancer has already taken lives in the show. "If Jack dies of cancer," my wife declares, "I'm done. I can't watch it anymore."
I've said it before, but Hollywood loves a dead cancer patient. If you have cancer and you're in a movie...you're done pal. Fin'. So whenever a movie wants to get viewers to grab the tissue box, chances are high that some poor bastard is dying of cancer.
And this just sucks for people who are actually battling cancer, who would love nothing more than a simple escape.
Here's the anonymous submission (which I adjusted for comic purposes):
The night I got told that I had cancer I was in hospital with my girlfriend, and after a few hours we decided that we really needed a distraction. So we turned on the TV and started watching a movie that looked like a standard rom-com. Unfortunately, as the movie progressed, it turned out to be a movie about someone dealing with their mother's death from cancer. We turned it off and just lay in silence.