Learning to Live Again: My Triumph over Cancer

Chapter 1
I DO NOT HAVE CANCER ANYMORE. The disease was treated by conventional radiation therapy, and my physicians say that it has been eradicated. I believe that I have been cured, despite a recurring nightmare that a doctor is examining my body, checking for lumps.

Today, I had lunch with Laura in the oak-paneled dining room of the Hay-Adams Hotel. We each had two drinks and needed more. Our love affair became a casualty of the cancer cure. Too much intensity was confined to too short a period of time, time that always seemed to be running out. Although we tried afterward, we were unable to salvage our relationship. Today, I told Laura that I am engaged to marry another woman—Diana, whom I met after the cancer experience was over. Laura and I toasted to the future—a future that we will not share.

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A twenty-eight-year-old writer recounts his experiences after being diagnosed as having lymphatic cancer, Hodgkin's disease, detailing the painful medical treatments and emotional adjustments of learning to live with cancer.

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Library Journal review

Solkoff, Joel. Learning To Live Again: My Triumph over Cancer.

Holt. Jun. 1983. c.220p.  LC 82-18743. ISBN 0-03-057647-4. SI6.95. MED/PER NAR

Solkoff is diagnosed as having Hodgkin's disease, a type of cancer. He fears the disease and the possibility of death.

He undergoes radiation treatment to eradicate the cancer, “Radiation treatment was the worst experience of my life": he loses his appetite and his energy, and he becomes depressed. He feels humiliation, anger, and misery.

Written with honesty and feeling, Learning To Live Again is a story of remarkable courage in the face of disease.

Highly recommended for public library collections.

--Marliss H Hooker, Univ. of Connecticut Health Ctr. Lib., Farmington. June 1, 1983

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