Item description for The Cancer Monologue Project by Tanya Taylor & Pamela Thompson...
The Cancer Monologue Project is a collection of thirty monologues developed in workshops in which people affected by cancer are invited to write and perform their stories about living with the disease. These workshops were led by Tanya Taylor and Pamela Thompson, who both know firsthand the profound effects cancer can have on individuals and their families.
These monologues are about reawakened desire, dreams of flight and finding humor in the most unlikely places. Like letters from the frontlines, they capture the glory and darkness of life. Each voice is unique, and yet each one touches upon the universal in portraying lives that have taken unexpected turns. Together they are a tribute to the diversity of the cancer community and to the strength of the human heart.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.87" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 7, 2002
ISBN 1931561222 ISBN13 9781931561228
Reviews - What do customers think about The Cancer Monologue Project?
Cancer and Intimacy Oct 15, 2002
I have known a number of people with cancer, and I think I had close relationships with them. However, somehow I learned more about what really happens when people get cancer from this book than I have learned from suffering friends and family. The reality is so grave that I suppose the people I know did not want to bring me in to the pain. But the participants in these workshops feel free to unburden themselves and get specific and I have a more real view of the cancer experience now than I did before. The scathing and lonely vignettes about radiation really got to me, and while it's painful it's also better to know than not to know.
Triumph of the spirit. Oct 12, 2002
When I read The Cancer Monologue Project, I made 30 new friends; each with their own very individual voice and outlook. They share a gruesome commonality, cancer, but something even stronger unites them. What I found most enlightening was the gratitude these survivors expressed for the very disease that brought them, or a loved one, to death's door. Wisdom, humility, and a deep appreciation for family seem to be the legacy of the pain, fear and degradation they endured. In celebrating life, these people made me laugh through my tears as they generously shared intimate details of their journey. I can't help feeling I've been given a primer on how to live my remaining years to their fullest; a gift from these extraordinary contributors. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to read, and reread, and give to everyone you love.
exceptional book Oct 11, 2002
I purchased this book as a gift for an uncle who has just been operated on for colon cancer after reading about it in the Oprah Winfrey magazine which she highly reccomended. After leafing through a story or two I wound up reading it cover to cover on the weekend before mailing it out. It really is an exceptionally moving work and will inspire anyone that reads it whether they have been touched by the disease, know someone who has (as we all have)or just needs to be reminded how precious life really is. I cannot wait to see what the authors bring us in the future.
Fascinating Oct 4, 2002
The authors didn't have to put themselves in others shoes to to convey these enormously brave and inspirational accounts. The authors in their own shoes, brilliantly edited, make this book a must for anyone directly and indirectly faced with cancer's devistation.