The Undying

The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care

Anne Boyer

What does it really mean to be sick? The question lives on every page of poet Anne Boyer’s revelatory account of her experience with breast cancer. Diagnosed at 41 years old—as a single mother living paycheck to paycheck—Boyer is outraged by the dialogue surrounding breast cancer, from the way it’s portrayed in television shows to “pink ribbon culture.” The Undying dispels her anger in startling terms, pointing to a vital conversation about how we treat those who are dealing with illnesses—and how we should start to truly listen to them.

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