[I sent this note out to my email list of family and friends who want to keep updated on my cancer journey.]
I hope you know how much I appreciate the comments, ideas, and words of support that you all send. (Please don’t feel obligated to write back each time, but when the mood strikes…)
A number of you have encouraged me to publish and/or expand my writing to a broader audience. They argue that there are lessons, observations, and reflection that could help others, were those to be available.
My initial reaction (after being flattered) is to think, “gosh, there must be a gazillion of ‘My Journey with Cancer’” memoirs or other collections, and that much of the time those writings are deeply personal and dependent on the relationship between the patient and the reader. Some of you have noted these dynamics in particular and want me to share them.
A thoughtful, and persuasive friend who reads these updates is most interested in my observations on how patients and the healthcare system “get along” and the issues swirling around hospice and patient-centered care.
My most recent conversation with this persuasive friend (we’ll call him PF) led me to wonder if I have the energy for a project. Would I be writing more or just editing what I already send out? PF’s response is that the project may provide a source of energy – it certainly would be a mental stimulus.
So, I’m asking for your advice.
Is there room in the world for yet another memoir/writing on a healthcare challenge?
If so, would readers be most attracted to the personal experience, including the day to day details, or would it be better to do some overall reflection on what I experience?
Any other tips or concerns? Please feel free to say, “bag it, Doug – that story has been told…”