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Notes on Chemo excerpts from an upcoming speech.

January 21, 2014
In his non-poignant cerebral book, Mortality, Christopher Hitchens had a horribly inaccurate and misunderstood view of chemo. He described getting chemo as passive, and the sack like a venomous poison. I thought that’s an insult to everyone I ever saw getting chemo, because making a decision to fight for you life is the noblest and most heroic act you can have. There’s nothing passive about it.
And yet, hospitals put us in places like they’re trying to hide people going through chemo like lepers. We’re proud of fighting for our lives. Our spirits are as beautiful as any sunset or sunrise because it’s the perpetual chin-up of our heart to pull ourselves over the horizon the crawl back to the land of our dreams.
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