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Humanity: Kicking Cancer’s Ass

When the going gets tough, there is always hope.

When hope is hard to come by, humanity can do the trick.

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No matter what we are faced with or forced to confront, when even hope seems implausible, we have humanity. Sometimes that can make all the difference.

Strangers can become unwitting angels to someone who is suffering. It’s not something you (or they) can control; it has to do with the formula that occurs when our Biology feels Chemistry and does Physics. We are scared and in need of assurance; we are vulnerable and desperate for consolation. We are people and need to grasp whatever hands might be reaching out in the dark; we are hoping to be saved by that human touch.

*The above excerpt is from my memoir Please Talk about Me When I’m Gone.

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Please Talk about Me When I’m Gone, which pulled me in from the first page and never let go, is a mosaic love letter from a son to his lost mother, so everyone in the bereavement club should read it. But this memoir is also a thoughtful, compassionate meditation on being alive. I nodded in recognition, dog-eared pages containing lines I loved, felt my eyes well with tears. In the end you should read it for the reason anyone reads good writing: to feel less alone.”

—Jenna Blum, NYT best-selling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers

May 27, 2015