Thursday, January 20, 2011

How to Begin a Cancer Memoir

Option One: Age of Enlightenment
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single lymph node in possession of damaged cells, must be in want of radiation.

Option Two: Russian Melodrama
Healthy bodies are all alike; every unhealthy body is unhealthy in its own way.

Option Three: Somber Realism
Many weeks later, as he faced the radiation table, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his oncologist told him he would not be able to swallow.

Option Four: Modernist Dribble
Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a middle-aged mama coming down along the road on her way from the gym and this middle-aged mama that was coming down along the road on her way from the gym drinking plenty of water and eating a fiber-rich diet met a not-so-nicens little tumor named baby squamous cell.

Option Five: Poetic Sentimentality
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of pudding, it was the age of thrush, it was the epoch of this is what I have, it was the epoch of how can I have this?, it was the season of losing weight, it was the season of trying hard to keep weight on, it was the spring of I’ll beat this thing, it was the winter of oh shit, we had dear friends to bring us food, we had nothing to assuage our fears, we were desperate to distract the kids, we endured hours of Dora the Explorer - in short, the period was so far like what others before us have borne, that we insisted on our ability to abide, for good or for evil, and found strength in comparison only.