An extraordinary, brave account of facing cancer - funny, moving, deeply inspiring. This book is for anyone who may have experience of the disease or who’s ever contemplated their own mortality. Suvanna is the perfect guide as she takes us through the stages of her own illness with unflinching courage, considerable humor, and more than a touch of panache.
Based on her original blog this book also brings together Suvanna’s writings on a variety of subjects related to her reflections on cancer. It also serves as a uniquely entertaining diarized account of life in San Francisco and the Bay Area, and is a useful introduction to many of the features of contemporary cancer care. Included in this new digital edition are some recordings of Suvanna speaking about her experience from the last months of her life.
From the introduction: “Suvarnaprabha [Suvanna’s Buddhist name] never shied away from writing about her approaching encounter with the grim reaper, to use one of the politer and more conventional ways she referred to that mysterious process, but whatever was going on and however she felt about it, through all the medical appointments and appearances of Nurse Jackie, the journeys and movie recommendations, her delight in good friends, the moments of sadness, stoicism, drama and farce, the underlying theme of this story, as I’m sure you’ll agree, is not really ‘cancer’, or ‘death’ at all, but love.”