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By Frank Davey

Writing with a stark, self-questioning tone, writer Frank Davey recollects the final yr of his spouse Linda's conflict with an inoperable mind tumor. via Davey's distinctive day-by-day magazine entries, this booklet offers a sober, uncompromisingly direct account of a family's fight to assist make their enjoyed one's time more well-off. Composed of moments within which ugliness and tenderness intertwine, it indicates how the devastation extends to the kinfolk, making them query their very own thoughts as they watch a once-vital girl resolve. Davey describes the demons of a earlier Linda can not proportion. Davey additionally reviews at the frustrations of facing present day underfunded and disorganized well-being care and provides the fight to take care of dignity within the face of a graceless clinical process.

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She hasn't told Sara either, although Sara's been phoning every day. Linda wonders why she's been phoning and suspects that Mike may have told her something. I doubt he has. One of my closest friends since the late 19505 has been George Bowering, writer, novelist, poet. When I finally get myself upstairs to my e-mail there's a note waiting for me from him, about his wife and our friend, Angela, who has been battling cervical cancer for the past two years. One of his weekly notes. Angela had a major operation early in 1998, 39 with a colostomy, a colonostomy, and substantial removal of other tissue, and she seemed to be doing okay—although she was mostly bedridden— until last fall.

A few minutes later I meet Dora Ann, Seizer's other handler in 1998. I hope Judy's not watching—they had a disagreement last summer over a client, and to say they're unhappy with each other would be an understatement. " Dora Ann asks after we've chatted briefly. I like Dora Ann a lot. She's a retired high school teacher, bright, gregarious, and hospitable, and like Judy she has always been honest with me. "She's not well," I say. "We're still waiting for tests. But she doesn't want it generally known.

I tell her that it's not Alzheimer's, but it may be something just as bad. Something Linda doesn't want me to talk about. Tonight I finally write back to George, saying that maybe "denial" is just a way of letting himself experience moments when Angela's illness is temporarily overshadowed by better things. I know that there can be such moments, but I can't tell him that. May 10,1999 Well, we got through last night's Partners banquet. It's a huge affair now, over a thousand people in the Westin Hotel banquet room.

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