Overheard: “When I had my brain tumor…”
What strikes me is not the tumor, but the deliberate way the speaker claimed possession of it. Why do you suppose we do that: claim a tremendous difficulty as our own? Is it to keep ourselves the center of discussion? Seek advice from someone in a similar situation? One-upsmanship? To prove our staying power? Try to assert control over a problem not of our making?
This theme will absolutely appear in one of my stories.