Body Talk

Living in Stage 4 land has forced me and my sweetie to talk about some pretty heavy topics.  Regularly, we talk about death and dying.  A few weeks ago a topic was: shall I donate my body to science?

stiffCoincidentally, during that period of time, while on a walk in our neighborhood, we passed by a book exchange box.  My eyes quickly jumped to the book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.  I grabbed it.

The book was not a typical read for me.  It was interesting and amusing.  AND It was also pretty disgusting at times.  Although, after reading that book and some internet research on the subject a decision became clear.  I don’t really want to be parted out by the medical Pick-n-Pull community.

Interested in some Body Talk?  Try reading Stiff.

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I'm Kim. I've got advanced lung cancer. It sucks.
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8 Responses to Body Talk

  1. matissebradford says:

    I have heard of this book, and I understand your decision.

  2. yuck! I’m back on chemo.Double Yuck! seems my brain don’t wanna behave after all! Yes, pretty heavy topics with the sweetie. Will he be able to keep the checkbook straight?

  3. Mark Hawkins says:

    We are all headed in the same direction and I am so sad cancer latched onto you. I respect your decision. I think when it is my time to go, I would like to leave my remaining good parts to benefit someone else. Let’s see … near-sighted blue eyes, gray hair, strong heart, big ears … looks like the pickings might be pretty slim! I might have to reconsider.

    What is going to be your next read? NPR always has some good suggetions. Luv u. Mark H.

    • kimmywink says:

      I wish I could be an organ donor! That’s why I thought going the “donate to science” route would be a good choice. The problem, for me, with going the science route is you aren’t guaranteed the return of body ashes for 3-years. I wish my loved ones closure sooner than that.

      I just started Night Circus. I’ll check NPR for suggestions too. xoxo

  4. Lizzy says:

    I read that book soon after my first go-round back in 2007. Incredibly interesting, yes. It didn’t convince me to donate anything other than my old clothes and Ikea furniture.

  5. Valerie says:

    Read that book many years ago, and still think about it very often. I was particularly struck by the Marco-Polo era honey’d slave treats. Yum!

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