By Suzanne Strempek Shea
Songs from a Lead-Lined Room is a different and noteworthy publication rooted truthfully and uncooked adventure, and the 1st memoir to target the private event of radiation therapy. As with Shea's best-selling fiction, her sharp and insightful wit and her reporter's eye for the main telling and occasionally quirky information tell each web page. She stocks what she learns concerning the strategy of her therapy, her bouts of depression, indignity, and worry, in addition to the fake pas, the blameless error, and the compassion and being concerned of her family members, pals, and fellow sufferers
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So I must be, too. Holly, the nursing student, is there again. I notice she is oﬃcial today, has a card hanging from a cord around her neck bearing her photo and name. I saw my own photo today. In the ﬁle they have at the technician’s desk just outside the lead-lined room. The ﬁle folder was open, and I saw myself looking out from it, so I looked back. They take your photo when you arrive to meet the machine, I guess so they’ll know who they’re seeking in the waiting room. Also, I’d imagine, so they don’t do something to the wrong person.
My friends want to know this. Normally I am happy to have time with people I care about. But now I have trouble with this. I have trouble feeling like a patient, like someone who needs to be visited, looked at, fussed over. My mother knocks at the door with a vat of vegetable soup, then proceeds into the kitchen to set it on the stove and wash the dishes that ﬁll the sink, and what else can she do, clean, dust, what else? How many people the world over don’t have even one person visiting them when they aren’t well?
Immediately, I feel see-through. Transparent like the plastic woman back in Mr. Cornwell’s high school biology class, with nothing at all hiding what she bears inside. Early on in this, Wendy seems to know my interior, and that’s unsettling. ’’ Other than her cool fashion sense—animal-print vests, bold silver earrings, no-nonsense short hairdo—that’s one of the things I like about this woman: you have something wrong with your mind, chances are she does as well. She doesn’t come oﬀ as trying to be perfect.