On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Still reading

The Foremost Good FortuneThe Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a wonderful read, however poignant.  I especially enjoy memoir and seem to read a lot in that genre.  This book was a double feature - about a family's stay in China for almost three years and all the complicated cultural nuances, but with a painful subplot of how the author was diagnosed with breast cancer midway through their first year there.  Cancer is complicated enough in your own country and your own language, but add to it living elsewhere with almost no friends and a fragile support network and you have the makings of a wrenching page-turner.  Susan Conley is a new author to me and one I'd like to revisit.

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