Feb 06, 2010 - 10:05 pm
I recently read The Red Devil - To Hell With Cancer and Back - by Katherine Russell Rich. Although she had breast cancer, and her diagnosis was about 20 years ago, she has had numerous recurrances and still has a lot in common with all cancer patients. The name of the book, Red Devil, comes from one of her chemo drugs. It's Kool Aid red, and I see it often in the infusion room. In the breast cancer community, they call it "the red devil".
Katherine was very young when her cancer was first discovered (by her) and was dismissed by her doctor for a long time as "it's probably nothing". He even had the nerve to tell her, "Come by my office if you're really worried. I'll feel your breasts anytime you want me to." What a jerk!
Some of her chemo drugs were the same ones our doctors have pulled from their bag of tricks. And, of course, she experienced many of the same symptoms.
That she is still alive, still working, and still dealing with cancer is an amazing tribute to the power of strong-willed women everywhere.