By Mike Marquesee
Author and political activist Mike Marqusee was once clinically determined with a number of myeloma, one of those blood melanoma, in the summertime of 2007. in the beginning, disinclined to proportion his distress with others, he was once reluctant to write down approximately his affliction. yet he then got here to achieve that doing so supplied a useful continuity along with his lifestyles as a author earlier than contracting the disorder, and a fashion of attaining out to a much broader international that the disease made bodily much less obtainable. Writing allowed him to deal with what he observed as a number of insidious platitudes that encompass melanoma, usually attached to the individualistic concept that the patient needs to be courageous in combating the disorder, with the inevitable corollary that those that succumb have, in a few degree, introduced it on themselves.
And so Marqusee starts to write down approximately his affliction. not only his personal signs and emotions, however the responses of acquaintances to the inside track that he's ailing and how those mirror broader social attitudes in the direction of the in poor health. He describes the political struggles happening in St Bartholomew’s, the London sanatorium that cares for him, and the obstacle in Britain’s nationwide well-being provider (NHS) extra often, at a time of harrowing cutbacks. vast Pharma, whose medicines maintain Marqusee alive yet are offered to the NHS at costs reflecting the facility and greed of a ruthless extortionist, is the topic for fairly astringent scrutiny.
The observations approximately melanoma in those pages are by no means trite or sentimental. they're acute, relocating, impassioned and political. and so they exhibit vital, shared truths, either own and social, approximately an sickness that would impact one in 3 humans during their lives.