Thursday, July 20, 2006
Touching, Funny, Honest

Humor makes even the most difficult situations seem bearable. Miriam Engelberg channels her funny bone in this insightful illustrated book titled, Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person. She expresses through comic strips what many of us have expressed about our cancer experiences, but with her own wit and style. In one of the first comic strips people ask her which side has the cancer. I remember hearing that myself and wondering why people would ask such a question. And it reminded me of a certain conversation I had with a certain police officer about a certain seat belt that certainly wasn’t fastened when I was recovering from surgery. You know the rule: Click it or Ticket . . . or cry your way out of it in embarrassment of being forced to explain it and having the officer (with whom you have to socialize at employee Christmas luncheons and summer picnics) ask which side (as though it made a difference) and other details even though you said, “just give me the ticket.” The smile this book brings to you will make it worth the read.

Hope you find the humor in many things today.

P.S. If you like this book, you may also want to check out Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies.
Written by Jeannette Vagnozzi
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