The Cancer Monologue Project
McAdam/Cage Publishing, October, 2002
“There is only one thing truer than the truth: a story. The stories contained here, written by natives who have lived the stories, should be read by everyone. They are not intellectual descriptions but about feelings and the experience of illness. You will laugh and cry, as I did, but more importantly, accept your mortality and learn to live. This is a book about the wisdom of the heart and from there, magic happens.”
-Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles
The Cancer Monologue Project features 30 stories of cancer survivors from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Co-edited by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein and Camille Norwick, RN, the stories were developed in a series of workshops in which people affected by cancer were invited to write and perform their stories about living with the disease. Compassionate and honest portraits were made by Dorie Hagler.
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An excerpt from The Cancer Monologue Project
Above: Portrait of Rebecca Dixon by Dorie Hagler.
After the biopsy he looked at me and said; “Becca, it’s real important that nothing penetrate your vagina for the next eight weeks. Ya here me? You’ve just had a delicate surgery and penetration could lead to infection. Do you understand? Penetration – bad, could lead to infection.” It’s okay, doctor, it’s not like my husband and I spend Saturday nights sticking Volkswagens and watermelons in there.