The other day, I was going through Sweetly Six’s bookshelves and came across this book, Radiation Sonnets. WTF is THIS doing HERE, I wondered…

Well, as with all things, I presumed that I was supposed to see this (book) when I was supposed to see it. I don’t remember buying this book, which means that some kind & thoughtful person probably gave it to me when I was bald and drooling, hoping that it would inspire me.

While I am no longer bald and drooling (well, maybe the occasional drool), I am still wildly inspired by this book (Silver Lining).  I read the whole thing in one sitting. Wowsy, did it bring back memories. Written by the wife of a man with cancer, it is an amazing and accurate account of what it is like to go through radiation….from the perspective of a spouse.

Below is one of my favorite passages, describing what – exactly – it’s like sitting in a waiting room…ohhhhh, those f-bomb waiting rooms.

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  1. says

    Dear Dana,
    Thank you for your note. I am sending my very best wishes that tomorrow morning you continue to be "NED!" Please let me know how your appointment goes.
    Best wishes,

  2. says

    I sat in that room for my bestest friend.I had just had knee surgery and we laughed all the way there and back.We both had different pain pills,they may have had something to do with the laughing.Shes gone now ,five years .We still have an occasional laugh .