About

My name is Ben Morgan. I am a 22-year old stand-up comedian from Dublin. I was recently diagnosed with Stage 2B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This means that I probably won’t be able to finish my final year of college and need something to keep myself occupied, hence the blog.

The general idea of the blog is explained in my introductory post which you can find here. But for the most part, the blog will revolve around my day-to-day life as I go through treatment whilst trying to make a name for myself on the Irish Stand-up circuit. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading it and, fuck it, maybe it’ll prove helpful or useful to you in some way, shape or form.

One more thing I want to clarify is that my cancer is at stage 2B. The title of the blog refers the degree to which I chance my arm, although Hodgkin’s lymphoma is still very treatable even in the later stages of the disease. (Is chancer a word outside of Ireland? Is chancing your arm an internationally understood expression? Fuck it, you look it up!)

Feel free to get in touch with me either through this or social media, I’d love to hear from you and any of your thoughts 🙂

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. Best of luck Ben. Great idea with the blog. The more craic you can knock out of the cancer experience, the better. You gotta keep laughing.

    I am a few chapters ahead of you in the cancer book (and what a shitty read it is, sorry). I am 38 and was diagnosed in Oct last year with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (I don’t know why I gave it the respect with the capital letters, but anyway). I was put on a regimen called ‘dose adjusted EPOCH’. One of my main achievements on this treatment has been to dispel the myth of the ridiculous Irish phrase, ‘if it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger’. The chemo very nearly killed me, but there is still some cancer left standing so I need to get surgery over the coming weeks.

    You will get through it all. Time goes faster than you think and before you know it, you will be finished with the nasty treatment. Keep the chin up.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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    • Hey Andrew,
      Really happy you enjoyed the blog! I’m pretty new to the whole cancer thing, so it’s really nice to see that it’s relatable to people like you, who are a few chapters ahead 🙂
      Thanks for all the encouraging words and I hope all goes well with your surgery!
      Cheers,
      Ben

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  2. Hiya Ben,
    Your article in the paper the other day about your blog and attitudes to the ‘C’ word inspired my sister to blog. You might find her blog interesting. She’s not officially a comedian. She also has the same lymphoma as you. You can find her at scalinglymphoma.wordpress.com
    Hope you’re not feeling too rotten, kind regards,
    Sinead

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    • Hi Sinead,

      Ah that’s so nice to hear 🙂 I’ll give it a read sure. It’s really great to have other people writing about similar experiences that we can relate to and there are so few young people writing about this topic at the moment, so fair play to her!
      I’m feeling great BTW, thanks for asking 🙂
      Have a good one,
      Ben

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  3. Ben,

    Hope you’re doing well!! On a go slow today and decided to read all the posts again. Still makes me laugh. I was diagnosed back in March with Oral Cancer and managed to scrape through with just surgery. My sister had a bit of a harder struggle, she was diagnosed Christmas 2015 with it but finished up her chemo and is back on track, albeit after the Aul one burning all the Padre Pio candles and rubbing the rosary beads down to nothing.

    Good to see a young person grab it by the horns and tell it to go fuck itself.

    Cheers,
    Carl.

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  4. I’ve just stumbled across your blog and it’s really put a smile on my face. Love that you said you feel happier and more alive since the diagnosis – think we could all learn a thing or two from you when having a “shitty” day. Hope you’re doing well 🙂
    Harriet

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