This Cancer Survivor Has Something To Say To The People Who Turned Him Into A Cruel Meme

"I am more then a meme, I am a father, husband, survivor, mentor ..."

We can all have a good laugh at memes on the Internet, but sometimes they go too far.

Such was the case with cancer survivor Leon Mitchell II, aka Mr. Knoe.

According to BuzzFeed, Mitchell suffered from a "rare form of cancer called nasopharyngeal carcinoma." This devastating cancer affected his "neck, shoulders, nose and throat," according to his Instagram post.

The meme was called "Meth Curry" and it depicted Mitchell as an alternate version of basketball player Stephen Curry.

You can view the meme on BuzzFeed here, if you like.

There were also memes with "Death Curry" as the caption.

So Mitchell decided to take to Instagram and share the story behind his cancer, his appearance, and why he remains strong despite the cruelness he witnessed on social media.

So earlier today I was the butt of a not so funny meme "METH CURRY" directed at the outward physical appearance that I display. The fact that the meme was posted was a reminder of how distasteful and cruel people can be without background knowledge of the person in the bullseye of the target. I've struggled deeply for years with the devastating effects cancer treatment plagued my body with. The massive destruction it took on my neck, shoulders, nose, throat, and ability to function normally. I though have overcome all of those things and become so much stronger then the after effects of cancer treatment, and proudly bare myself and ravaged appearance to the world with KNOE shame!! I am strong enough to endure these attacks after years of rebuilding. However as we look at the power story I explain, let's remember these types of social media attacks on people can be massively detrimental to some who still battle with insecurities and uncomfortability with themselves and their battles. If we are going to allow something like this go viral Let's do it for the right reasons! I am more then a meme, I am a father, husband, survivor, mentor, community advocate, and Positive motivational speaker. Proud to have endured and conquered everything I have!!!! #FCANCER #FUCKCANCER #SURVIVOR #TEAMKNOE #KNOTNOWOREVER #AMERICANCANCERSOCIETY #STUARTSCOTT #POSITIVITY #LOVE #LIVESTRONG #POSITIVITYOVEREVERYTHING #FIGHT #FIGHTER #NBA #SICK #METHCURRY Follow @knoe_clothing and get the real message Knoeclothing.com

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He began, "So earlier today I was the butt of a not so funny meme 'METH CURRY' directed at the outward physical appearance that I display."

He informed BuzzFeed that he felt a number of different emotions, such as being embarrassed, humiliated, and hurt all "at the same time."

However, he continued with strength on Instagram, saying "I am more then a meme, I am a father, husband, survivor, mentor, community advocate, and Positive motivational speaker. Proud to have endured and conquered everything I have!!!!"

Before you go retweet or post a meme you may think is funny, do a little research first.

You can read his full post below:


So earlier today I was the butt of a not so funny meme "METH CURRY" directed at the outward physical appearance that I display. The fact that the meme was posted was a reminder of how distasteful and cruel people can be without background knowledge of the person in the bullseye of the target. I've struggled deeply for years with the devastating effects cancer treatment plagued my body with. The massive destruction it took on my neck, shoulders, nose, throat, and ability to function normally. I though have overcome all of those things and become so much stronger then the after effects of cancer treatment, and proudly bare myself and ravaged appearance to the world with KNOE shame!! I am strong enough to endure these attacks after years of rebuilding. However as we look at the power story I explain, let's remember these types of social media attacks on people can be massively detrimental to some who still battle with insecurities and uncomfortability with themselves and their battles. If we are going to allow something like this go viral Let's do it for the right reasons! I am more then a meme, I am a father, husband, survivor, mentor, community advocate, and Positive motivational speaker. Proud to have endured and conquered everything I have!!!! #FCANCER