Monday, February 08, 2010

Read: Between Me and the River



Last night I finished reading this amazing book about a woman's struggle with carcinoid cancer.

Carrie Host was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2003 at the age of 40. As a young mother and wife, she struggles with her fears as she faces the very real possibility that she may not make it through the major surgery and complications she endures. In her book, she describes her journey and the unexpected beauty associated with this life-altering cancer experience.

I related to this book in so many ways. I laughed and acknowledged all the moments that were so familiar to me and what I've recently gone through. I cried at the same thoughts and fears that she expressed and remembered all the instances in which I felt the exact same way. Her beautifully written book is thoughtful and hopeful. It is an inspiring read for anyone who has struggled with a life-altering illness, not just carcinoid.

Here is one of my favorite passages from the book (there were many):

"Cancer is like that. Without your permission, it will take what you're made of, melt it down, and remold all of the parts, dropping any that you won't need anymore. Then it will construct something stronger, simpler and utterly exquisite. It is a painful process, being rebuilt. In exchange for your tremendous suffering, all of your senses are washed clean. All of the extra stuff you once filled your endless time with disappears. This makes room for your soul to expand to its rightful location, front and center, where it radiates like never before and begins to heal you."


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