They ate out together, went to movies, and did everything else a loving couple does. They even decided to train together for the Houston Marathon in 2006. Like every couple, they expected to face hard times, but neither was prepared for Roberts diagnosis of esophageal cancer. But just like everything else, this was a fight they would wage together.
After learning what he was up against, Robert suggested to Dave that he keep friends and family informed about their battle against the disease. This account draws on that correspondence and includes intimate details of their battle that may have otherwise been lost. Dave stands by Roberts side through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and physical therapy. Throughout his illness, their intimacy and love for each other grows.
Whether youre suffering from a serious disease or illness or caring for someone who is, Dave and Roberts love story and spiritual journey will inspire you to keep your faith in each other and in the world around you even through the most difficult times.
"For all the insight he offers into the hard science and thorny logistics of studying cancer, Dr. Scadden’s most moving passages consider the effect of the disease on the people who suffer from it and those who care for them." —The Wall Street Journal
A doctor’s riveting story of loss and hope in the world of cancer.
What is it like to encounter cancer? How does it feel to face the unknown, to enter a world of hope, loss, and dread?
From the diagnosis of his childhood friend’s mother to his poignant memories in the lab, David Scadden’s seen the unknown world of cancer from the lens of a young boy, a classmate, a researcher, a friend, a doctor, and a neighbor. Scadden chronicles his personal memories of cancer – his visits to his sick neighbor and his classmate who left school and never came back.
Now Dr. David Scadden, co-founder of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and one of the world's leading experts on immunology and oncology, writes his memoir, Cancerland, with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio. With riveting stories and moving compassion, Scadden and D’Antonio paint a still rapidly changing landscape in the context of all too common stories of loss. Ranging from Scadden’s personal childhood memories to his triumphs and regrets as a doctor, Scadden illuminates a light at the end of a dark tunnel.
Through opening a window into the science of medicine in the world of the unknown, Scadden and D’Antonio humanize cancer while inspiring action that we all so desperately need.
Irene McGoldrick had a premonition in late 2002. Just out of the shower, she stood on the second ?oor landing of her home and watched her husband of nine years whisper good night to her toddler son. Remember this moment, remember right now. The haunting words seeped into her consciousness like a slow, rolling fogthis wont last.
Irene and Bob were living an ordinary life a few months later when a cancer diagnosis shook their world to its core. Through poignant anecdotes that detail the young familys journey through Bobs illnessone that takes them to both extreme and alternative measuresIrene weaves an unforgettable narrative inspired by Bobs journal entries and her own honest storytelling that is heartbreaking, and at times, comical. Eventually forced into widowhood at age thirty-six, Irene shares how she reluctantly embraced single parenthood and began her march through mourning, determined to embrace her grief with intention.
Two Chai Day is a compelling true story about embracing love and loss, realizing there can be laughter in the midst of sadness, and learning to appreciate the ambiguity of life.