The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer

The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer

Mike Marquesee

author and political activist Mike Marqusee was once clinically determined with a number of myeloma, one of those blood melanoma, in the summertime of 2007. initially, disinclined to proportion his distress with others, he used to be reluctant to jot down approximately his sickness. yet he then got here to achieve that doing so supplied a worthwhile continuity together with his lifestyles as a author sooner than contracting the sickness, and a fashion of attaining out to a much broader international that the disease made bodily much less available. Writing allowed him to deal with what he observed as quite a few insidious platitudes that encompass melanoma, frequently hooked up to the individualistic concept that the patient needs to be courageous in scuffling with the illness, with the inevitable corollary that those that succumb have, in a few degree, introduced it on themselves.

And so Marqusee starts off to write down approximately his affliction. not only his personal signs and emotions, however the responses of neighbors to the inside track that he's unwell and how those mirror broader social attitudes in the direction of the ill. He describes the political struggles happening in St Bartholomew’s, the London medical institution that cares for him, and the difficulty in Britain’s nationwide healthiness carrier (NHS) extra in general, at a time of harrowing cutbacks. large Pharma, whose medicines hold Marqusee alive yet are offered to the NHS at costs reflecting the ability and greed of a ruthless extortionist, is the topic for rather astringent scrutiny.
The observations approximately melanoma in those pages are by no means trite or sentimental. they're acute, relocating, impassioned and political. and so they express very important, shared truths, either own and social, approximately an ailment that may impact one in 3 humans during their lives.

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