Usually when you hear roommate stories, they’re preceded by the adjective “horror” — everything from the demanding freshman-year dorm roommates to the ones who find…creative uses for your things. It’s enough to make a person want to live alone forever.
Brice Royer, though, still wants a roommate. But not just any garden-variety roommate: he’s looking for a compassionate roommate. And he’ll pay to find one.
“Compassionate roommate” is a term Royer came up with on his own. But to understand what exactly it means, you have to go back to 2012, when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
As Royer explained to Uproxx, “One doctor told me that love and kindness was the best medicine. So I took it to heart. I looked at the studies and I was convinced.” Royer was also struggling with depression and loneliness at the time, and decided that he didn’t want to go the traditional route of treating his cancer with chemotherapy or surgery. “I was more interested in finding the cause of the cancer rather than treating the symptoms.” The only problem with the love and kindness recommendation: Royer couldn’t just go out and buy them at the pharmacy.
And so he came up with his own plan of treatment. “I thought that maybe if I gave [love] away unconditionally, without expecting anything in return…I may also experience unconditional love.”