Making Pearls From Grit

Making Pearls From Grit

by Isla Aitken

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Overview

Diagnosed with breast cancer while on holiday in Japan, editor, one-time environmental activist and wannabe politician Isla distracts herself with tourist adventures - including snorkelling in the South China Sea, learning about slipper etiquette and negotiating the three Japanese alphabets. Back in the less exotic UK, in between chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy Isla considers those other scenes from life - such as depression and farting during sex - and realises how people can be fully constructed by life's obstacles. When the family cat dies of lung cancer just as Isla is being cured, her anger at the illness's victory is undermined by her new discovery of the Japanese philosophy of "ikigai": reason for being. This memoir captures much that a cancer experience encompasses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781838494216
Publisher: Isla Aitken
Publication date: 04/14/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 227
File size: 727 KB

Table of Contents

The dimple

Chapter 1

The blackout

Chapter 2

The cure

Chapter 3

The "epidemic"

Chapter 4

The fall

Chapter 5

The PTSD

Chapter 6

The caffeine

Chapter 7

The appendicitis

Chapter 8

The prunes

Chapter 9

The relocation

Chapter 10

The stocking

Chapter 11

The naivety

Chapter 12

The anger

Chapter 13

The grief

Chapter 14

The objectification

Chapter 15

The emotional impact

Chapter 16

The after effects

Epilogue

Endnotes

Acknowledgements

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