Fighting Cancer With Laughs and T-Shirts

Linda Hill has reacted to multiple primary cancers with T-shirt that poke fun at the disease.  Linda Hill is a cancer survivor with an offbeat sense of humor.  At age 48, Hill has been battling several forms of cancer since her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma when a softball-size tumor was found in her chest.  While undergoing treatment for her first cancer, the then 19-year-old Hill noticed that most of the other patients were bitter about their diagnoses.  “They were all just angry and bitter and sad.  And I thought, ‘I don’t want to live like that.  I don’t want my kids to remember me that way.'”

Blessed with a wise-cracking sense of humor – a trait shared by her seven children – single mother Hill has since fought three further bouts of cancer which required removal of her thyroid, spleen, colon and breasts by laughing at it.  She’s created a T-shirt business designed to help cancer patients cope through laughter.  Her T-shirts, which are sold through Hill’s website So Much More, at cancer centers around the country, and in the gift shop of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, bear messages such as “Of course they’re fake, the real ones tried to kill me”.  Another of Hill’s favorites:  “Mastectomy: $12,000.  Radiation:  $30,000.  Chemotherapy:  $11,000.  Never wearing a bra again:  Priceless.”

Although Hill isn’t making money and is still $7,000 in debt from her thyroid, breast and colon surgeries in the past six years, she donates $2 from each sale to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  She’s also something of a cancer celebrity, and participates in research by regularly providing blood and tissue samples.  Multiple primary cancers occur in only approximately eight percent of survivors, according to the American Cancer Society.

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