ByLauren Westerfield

Lauren Westerfield is a writer in Los Angeles. Her essays have appeared in Redivider, Revolution House and The Rumpus, where she is also an Assistant Essays Editor. She is currently at work on an anatomical memoir. Follow her on Twitter @lwwesterfield.

  1. Last year, my mother planned a trip to Greece. She had the tickets, the tour, the hotels. Everything booked. She was scheduled to fly in September. In May, she found a rough bump the size of a split pea near her anus and scheduled a biopsy. The biopsy was easy, no more than ten minutes. The split pea was cancer. My mother does not like this cancer. But here are some things that she does…