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Short Story Review: “The Evening and the Morning and the Night” by Octavia Butler

Butler's novelette explores the isolation experienced by those who have terminal illnesses

What if researchers discovered a cure for cancer, but in the process, unwittingly triggered a deadly genetic disease? This is the premise behind “The Evening and the Morning and the Night,” a short science fiction story by Octavia Butler. Although the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A Shining Season” by William Buchanan

A cancer-stricken athlete makes the most of the time he has left

In “A Shining Season: The True Story of John Baker,” William Buchanan tells the story of what appears to be an overwhelming defeat turned into a triumph that no one could have predicted. In 1969, there were only a handful … Continue reading

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Eye of the Storm: Shawn Thornton Paints His Cancer

How an artist channeled a pineal gland tumor into stunning paintings

Philadelphia-based artist Shawn Thornton, now 40, suffered from a cancerous tumor of the pineal gland in his 20s.  Later, he channeled the pain of that experience into creating paintings that speak both to contemporary and yonder periods of art. The works … Continue reading

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Moreweena Banks’ “Miss You Already” Doesn’t Miss a Beat

British comedy-drama delves into death and friendship

“Often those that watch find it hardest.” These words, spoken by a wig maker to the best friend of a of middle-aged cancer patient who is about to have her head shaved, form one of many striking statements in the … Continue reading

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What Is “You’re Going to Die”?

An interview with the movement's founder, Ned Buskirk, Part One

Ned Buskirk is a writer, creator, educator and producer who lives and works in San Francisco, California. His most recent and most ambitious project to date is You’re Going to Die, (YG2D) a creative movement that brings people together at … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Fight To Live” Highlights The Pitfalls of The FDA’s Drug Approval Process

The documentary presents a call to action to change the FDA's approach to new drug approval

“Fight To Live” is a 2012 documentary that highlights the shortcomings of the drug approval system employed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The documentary makes the case that a person with a terminal illness with no known cure … Continue reading

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