Audre Lorde was a famed feminist, poet and writer. Lorde fought cancer twice. In 1978 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, then she battled with liver cancer in 1984.
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Lorde chronicled her experiences of having breast cancer in her book, The Cancer Journals.
The Guardian posted excerpts from the book and in one she wrote, “I have cancer, I am a black feminist poet. How am I going to do this now?”
After having a mastectomy on one of her breasts, she recalls how a nurse brought a prosthetic bra to her. The nurse said, “you’ll never know the difference.”
Lorde concluded, “I knew sure as hell I’d know the difference.”
Lorde died on November 17, 1992, in St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.