Review of You and Me and Cancer Makes Three – Marge Simon
When I was growing up years ago, hardly anyone you knew contracted cancer. Now, “The Big C” is all too familiar a Calling Card, and often it touches your dearest friends and closest relatives. People don’t like to speak of it, much less read accounts of someone’s experience with it unless, perhaps, they are victims. When Irvine’s book arrived, I wasn’t expecting it to be more than some verses that would make me sad or uncomfortable --how wrong I was! I found it uplifting in many respects.
Irvine himself wasn’t anticipating the camaraderie that he shared with others being treated for various sorts of cancers. It was like “we’re all in this together, so let’s make the best of it!” And sure enough, he finds much to appreciate about his fellow patients. I’m so pleased that John Irvine lent his considerable poetic talent in creating this memoir.
In his words:
“You would be forgiven for thinking that forty souls all suffering the same wretched
blight in one form or another would be stultifying to depressing company, but no…
their unstinting selflessness and bright--- spirited demeanor sometimes made me
feel a bit of a fraud. Mr. Grumpy comes to town and gets a very serious lesson in
Something we can all appreciate and share, whether we are survivors or just lucky that Mr. Big C hasn’t arrived in our own lives.
-Marge Simon, multiple Bram Stoker Award® winning author