One of the things common to all diagnoses of almost any cancer, is that it makes us confront our mortality.
For me, the cancer diagnosis coincided with oncoming retirement, and the opportunity to do some of the things I had always wanted to do, but had been too busy to get around to, while I was getting on with the day-to-day trivia of living my life.
During the early years of my life, my reading had been confined to practicalities, maths, science, engineering, navigation etc, and it is only since retiring that I have wandered across to the fiction section of my local library.
I have read anything and everything, from Dickens to Steinbeck and on my last visit I picked at random 'Crossing to Safety' by Wallace Stenger.
It is a nice, gentle, thoughtful story of life in America, which amongst other things deals very nicely with the emotional issues of dying from cancer.
It set me wondering, are there other good books, story books not textbooks, that deal with cancer?
I look forward to any suggestions, there must be many a good story dealing with cancer, are you guys out there able to recommend any good reads?