Landfall on the Coast of Cancer

Stands to reason that cancer would get me in the gullet.  So much has stuck in my craw in the course of my life that surely I had any number of toxic irritants stuck there in the moist dark, biding their time, just waiting for the cellular signal to run amok.

All right, yes, I drank and smoked.  Hell, I still do.  So the retribution-minded among you can say I brought all this on myself, and there it is.  But the truth is that snow-white innocents who engage in no vices whatsoever are nonetheless themselves also afflicted by the plague that currently afflicts me, while many who are more dissolute than I live on to cancer-free old age.   I played with fire (and with fire-water), thereby skewering the odds.  True dat.  But I might be in the same place after a life as an abstemious monk, or annually given a clean bill of health while carrying on like a cackling Mandarin.  I am to blame, in other words – or not.  None of that’s the point.

The point is that, some weeks back, I was shanghaied, and awoke in another world entirely than the one in which I had been living.

These, then, are letters home from the Republic of Cancer, to which I was whisked off the way rendition spirits suspected terrorists overnight to lands where the law is negotiable, reality is amoebic, and nothing – not even the view from the window – can be counted upon.

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Oh Peter, I’m so glad you started this. I love it. It is like postcards fron The Coast of Cancer. I look forward to more. How will I know when you have written more? Can I share it with friends? I don’t know much about this blog world. And no I can’t Twitter, I haven’t any idea how to do that.

  2. Peter,
    Great writing, horrible diagnosis. SO glad to hear the chemo isn’t taking you down, and that your humor is, in fact, intact.
    The blog title is absolutely inspired. May you, too, be inspired to keep on writing it!
    xxx ooo

  3. Peter — Just now noticed that I could also leave comments on this page. I trust everything is still going okay, particularly since you’ve found the time and the inclination to write about the experience. I reckon there is now about three or four ways we can keep in touch. If I ever succumb to the temptations of an IPhone (mostly likely not), I assume there will be many more. Stay well.

  4. A friend sent me your blog and I want to tell you it was a nice visit.
    I understand Cancerland, I have been on to many visits there with my family members. None of them won their battle but research has come so far, I do believe there is great hope for you.
    Good Luck,

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