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In the Country of Illness : Comfort and Advice for the Journey

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Tom is a smart, talented loner with a chip on his shoulder and a big secret: an imaginary twin on another planet. Eddie is Tom's opposite, a friendly, athletic kid who always looks on the good side. Tom worries sometimes: does confiding in Eddie mean he's nuts? The truth is even crazier than that. Eddie and his planet are just as real as Tom and his Earth, but fifty-some
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Hardcover, 252 pages
Published March 24th 1998 by Knopf
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Mrsgaskell
Aug 01, 2010 Mrsgaskell rated it really liked it
In 1978 the author, then 40, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It would be the first of several journeys into the land which he called Malady. He had a second bout of cancer in the nineties and also accompanied his first wife on her two excursions into the world of breast cancer. They faced their illnesses with humour (“tumor humour”) and learned to navigate the American healthcare system. He talked about “the dread” and I liked his reminder that when the dread strikes it is not that you are ...more
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The first chapter is an excellent introduction to citizens who are new to the country of illness; I highly recommend the book and especially the first section.
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