Carpe Diem: Enjoying Every Day with a Terminal Illness by Ed Madden

By Ed Madden

A heartwarming booklet approximately residing with a terminal disease and making on a daily basis relaxing.

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I hope this collection will be a way of reaching out to others, to let them know they're not alone. Page ix Acknowledgments Although my name alone appears on the title page, this book and the columns that make up its parts were the work of many people. Eddie Forry, publisher of The Reporter, has been involved in my columns from their earliest conceptualizing. His wife and partner, Mary Forry, played a role as typesetter and proofreader. They both played a far greater role as my friends. Many of the staff at The Reporter played a part both in the columns and in the predecessor book that we published: Ginny Aveni, Denise Doherty, Barbara McDonough, and particularly the Mullen sisters, Peggy and Barbie, who are not only involved in my columns, but now, fortunately, in my life.

Actually the two words come from a common Latin ancestor, meaning suffering, but patience has developed a much broader connotation in our language. The past many months, however, have demonstrated to me that there is a close and essential connection between the two concepts. But first, an aside about the terminology of sickness. I don't like most of itthe terminology, that is. ) Yes, I have cancer, but I'm not sick. Indeed, I was sick during the summer, but now I'm quite well, working full-time and more, and enjoying life better than ever.

These two methods are sometimes used alone or in conjunction, without surgery, to shrink and eliminate tumors. Radiation is something we get every time we go out into the sun. We also get it every time we have an X-ray. The radiation we receive for cancer is generally X-ray or electron rays. These rays are directed to the cancerous tumor, passing in many instances through skin, flesh and bone to reach the growth. The rays have the ability to kill the cancerous cells, sometimes shrinking the cancer to nothing.

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