This young Redditor tried her best to accept the hurtful words her relatives had been telling her. But enough’s enough, and she blew up in front of her nosy aunt!
Fighting for Her Life
OP (Original Poster) is a 16-year-old, who had been diagnosed with leukemia two months before this story was posted. Ongoing treatments have been brutal and she said that “chemo is a complete monster.”
Even so, she’s trying to stay strong.
The day this story was posted, OP and her family were celebrating her grandmother’s 70th birthday.
She wrote, “My extended family wanted to do a big party. Since I’m sick, they made it safe. It was outside, everyone wore masks, and there was lots of hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes.”
It was understandable that OP wanted to dress as comfortably as possible. Since she got sick, she wore comfortable lounge shorts and shirts most days.
So, she did the same thing the day of the party.
Unfortunately, a few of her relatives, like some aunts, uncles, and older cousins, kept criticizing what she was wearing. They asked her why she dressed “like that” and told her that she should “put more effort into her appearance.”
Odd One Out
OP noted that no one was “super dressed up,” but it was still quite clear that she was the “most underdressed.”
She wrote, “My parents said something but didn’t want to get mad because they didn’t want to ruin the day for my grandma, which I understand.”
Also, because of chemo, OP’s taste buds are “messed up,” and many things made her nauseous. Only a few types of food didn’t make her completely sick.
This small list of food she could stomach included different types of potatoes, grilled chicken, popsicles, and slushes.
Her Only Choice
Unfortunately, the party didn’t have a lot of food choices for OP. She could only opt for popsicles because the others would make her vomit.
More Negative Comments
Her nosy relatives commented on this, too. They criticized her, saying she “needed to be healthier and eat actual food.”
OP wrote, “I explained—so did my parents—that the chemo has made me not be able to eat a lot of foods and popsicles are one of the ‘safe’ things I can eat.”
The Last Straw
OP was getting fed up and wanted to yell at them, but her parents calmed her down and reminded her that they shouldn’t ruin her grandmother’s day. For a while, OP tried to keep things in.
OP “held her tongue” until she told her parents she was exhausted and wanted to go home soon.
You’re Just Laying Around!
One of her nosy aunts overheard her and said, “What do you do that makes you so tired? Every time I talk to your dad, you are laying around or watching TV.”
OP got “too upset,” so she told her aunt that her body was “constantly trying to fight off cancer cells while making the rest of her sick and weak.”
Wait Till You Go Through It, Too!
OP was on a roll and was too angry to control her emotions.
She said, “You guys can experience cancer and chemo, and then if you want to keep criticizing me, go right ahead.”
She immediately apologized to her grandma and walked away. Then, while doing so, she heard her aunts and uncles “grilling her parents” for what she said.
OP wrote, “My parents aren’t upset, but I do feel like I ruined the party by saying what I said. So am I the a**hole?”
The Community’s Take on the Matter
Users reassured OP that she wasn’t at fault for what happened to the party.
This Redditor said, “Not the a**hole. You and your parents repeatedly told them to stop and leave you alone. They didn’t listen and kept pushing. They ruined the party.” Another commented, “You are not the a**hole, OP. You are tough, and feel free to explore this superpower!”
They Don’t Understand
Redditors also tried comforting OP and said she was right to feel what she felt. Battling cancer was challenging, and she didn’t deserve to be treated that way.
“I can’t believe the hell OP is going through. On nausea alone, I’m given the same drugs for nausea for extreme motion sickness, and it’s strong. And I know it barely touches the nausea from chemo. Chemo is literally killing you. It’s just banking on the idea that you’re harder to kill than cancer,” said one user. This person said, “OP, you are a freaking rockstar! I can’t imagine how hard this is for you. You showed up to celebrate your grandma and stayed way more polite than you needed to. Keep fighting, chica!”
How would you comfort OP? What would you tell her relatives?
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This post first appeared as A 16-Year-Old Fighting Leukemia Was Berated by Her Aunt for “Laying Around.” She’s Had Enough, so She Told Her to “Experience Cancer” if She Wants to Keep Criticizing Her! on Quote Ambition.