It all started with my balls Colm Tóibíns moving essay about cancer

first_imgYou can read the essay in full here By Rónán Duffy Apr 12th 2019, 8:44 AM 31,236 Views 14 Comments I am so sorry to hear Colm Tóibín was sick and how horribly his chemo left him feeling. But boy is his essay on it all worth reading. Here’s to his full recovery. London Review of Books— Alison O’Connor (@alisonoconn) April 11, 2019 Source: Incline Press/Twitter Share406 Tweet Email9 ‘It all started with my balls’ – Colm Tóibín’s moving essay about cancer is a must-read The piece beautifully details his diagnosis to treatment. Image: PA Images “What doctors lack in skill, they make up for in confidence.”Superb – and too accurate – piece by Colm Tóibín on the horrors of cancer, the impact of chemo, the debilitating side affects (damn those mouth ulcers) and rigidity of an illness schedule. @LRB— Sinéad Gleeson (@sineadgleeson) April 11, 2019 Source: Alison O’Connor/Twitter Image: PA Images Short URL If you know anyone approaching cancer treatment, you should read this. You might read it anyway, but particularly if you know anyone approaching cancer treatment.Colm Tóibín in the #LRB: via @LRB— Incline Press (@GrahamMoss9) April 11, 2019 Friday 12 Apr 2019, 8:44 AM IRISH AUTHOR COLM Tóibín written for the first time about being diagnosed and receiving treatment for cancer, prompting widespread praise online. In an 8,600-word personal story published in the London Review of Books, Tóibín begins by speaking about realising something was wrong. Source: Sinéad Gleeson/Twitter It all started with my balls. I was in Southern California and my right ball was slightly sore. At the beginning I thought the pain might be caused by the heavy keys in the right hand pocket of my trousers banging against my testicle as I walked along the street. So I moved the keys into my jacket pocket. The pain stayed for a while and then it went away and then it came back.Tóibín goes on to describe how, after trips to hospitals in London and Dublin, there was still no answer to the problem until he was told he had testicular cancer which had spread to a lymph node and to one lung.Tóibín then underwent chemotherapy, and in the article Tóibín describes the mental and physical toll it took on him. “One morning, a few days after I had finished the third week of chemo, I knew that I couldn’t go on,” Tóibín writes.I found it difficult to stand and could no longer leave the house. I hadn’t eaten anything for three days. I was determined, however, to follow the agreed schedule, which included a blood test the following day. If there were any real problem the blood test would show what it was. But I found myself sitting in the middle of a room in real distress. It wasn’t just the lack of energy, or the inability to think, or the sense of some vast shadow wandering in my head: it was much more active and present than that. Tóibín’s honesty about the difficulties of treatment has prompted a huge reaction online, with many thanking him for the article and wishing him well into the future. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img

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