The figurative cancer card will be yours for as long as you need it. If you struggle to explain how you feel, the words ‘I have cancer’ make people a lot more empathetic.
That being said, it’s amazing what a difference a visual marker makes.
Take a walking stick.
In my days of anaemia, I used a stick to get around. It provided a convenient aid on which to rest. With the stick, I no longer needed to explain anything. If I asked for help, I didn’t need lengthy health explanations. People labelled me as ‘disabled’ and took me on face value. Those sneaky stereotypes strike, often so depressing, but at times, quite useful.