Wednesday, August 4, 2010

An article you should read

I love this brilliant writer. Not to mention that  I have the exact same bookshelves that are behind him in the photo.

Christopher Hitchins on his cancer diagnosis.

Just a taste: 

The oncology bargain is that, in return for at least the chance of a few more useful years, you agree to submit to chemotherapy and then, if you are lucky with that, to radiation or even surgery. So here’s the wager: you stick around for a bit, but in return we are going to need some things from you. These things may include your taste buds, your ability to concentrate, your ability to digest, and the hair on your head. This certainly appears to be a reasonable trade. Unfortunately, it also involves confronting one of the most appealing clich├ęs in our language. You’ve heard it all right. People don’t have cancer: they are reported to be battling cancer. No well-wisher omits the combative image: You can beat this. It’s even in obituaries for cancer losers, as if one might reasonably say of someone that they died after a long and brave struggle with mortality.

2 comments:

  1. I just finished his book, "God is Not Great: Religion Poisons Everything" and loved it.

    I didn't know that he had cancer. Thank you for posting this.

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  2. Thanks for sharing ... that is a good read.

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