Some people say cancer is a gift. If you know people like that, I would personally not accept any presents from them. However, I did discover recently that cancer can open a door every now and then.
I, for instance, just found a pretty amazing side hustle thanks to a service (https://www.researchmatch.org/) that pairs me up with clinical trials. I made the cut for a New York University School of Medicine study checking out the microbiomes in various populations, including those who have had cancer. [Microbiome is the whole mess of microorganisms that live on us and in us. They are all the rage, in case you did not know that.] Not only do I believe in science, but the researchers also dangled a $25 gift card in exchange for some spit and, yep, a little bit of dookey.
I was skeptical myself, but a couple of weeks after I sent off my sullied test tubes, I get a MasterCard in the mail. No shit.
The potential here is pretty overwhelming. It’s a renewable resource. It contributes to the greater good (I think, unless I accidentally sent my spit and poo to the Russians who are trying to create a contagious form of cancer to put into fruit-at-the-bottom yogurt cups). I am literally sitting on a gold mine.
I am having trouble deciding how to invest this $25 windfall. Any bright ideas out there?