Tastes Like

Mary Swan-Bell
5 min readOct 28, 2021

Two months post-immunotherapy, I got Covid. When I got the melanoma diagnosis, I never really asked, “Why me?” I thought: Fair. Years of tanning beds and baby oil and sun worshipping. Okay, Karma. But Covid? Nope. Fuck that. I wore my mask. I washed my hands. I stayed home. I got the vaccine. I sanitized shopping carts, and seat belts, and gas pumps and anything else that might have been contaminated by germy hands. When my husband came home from traveling, I sanitized his suitcase even as he rolled his eyes and poo-poo’ed my efforts to keep us safe. Easy for him to laugh and make light of my diligence, as it wasn’t his mortality…

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Mary Swan-Bell

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