By Heather Cleland

Heather Cleland is a writer from Toronto whose work has appeared in The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, The Hairpin and more. You can follow her on Twitter.

  1. You never ask anyone in the waiting room at the oncology unit what they're in for. You just never ask. You sit there and stare into space, you flip through a wrinkled magazine too fast to actually read anything, you stare at the TV at Kelly Ripa who is too loud, you slouch into yourself and scroll through your phone. You listen to the hushed conversations between moms and daughters, husbands and wives. You study…