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The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir by Sarah Manguso
The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir

randyhate, January 4, 2010

This book saved my life.
Not in a metaphorical sense, it really truly spurred me on make a horribly difficult health care choice - going off prednisone and onto chemo - and destroy the disease, lupus, that was eating me.
Sarah Manguso writes of her body working to eat her whole, starting at the tips of her extremities and working its way into her organs. It also more than aptly shows how she, with the help of apheresis, was able to fight back.
Her writing does not hesitate to describe in sparse, vivid detail her travails and desperation her struggles left her with.
It is readily apparent she is a poet, and her words flutter by with ease to read, but are so very much harder to digest.
I have read pages 21 & 22 so many times those words might as well be branded into my skin.

And while I may still be alive today without reading this book, I am fairly certain I would not have had the courage to switch up my meds and would likely not be ambulatory and hooked into a least one machine.

Words with that strength deserve all the kudos it has coming to it.
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