mesothelioma patient

Chapter 5 | Part 1: The Nature of Patienthood

by Christopher Graham
Nicole came to visit every day, and her parents were there nearly every day too. One of the best things about meeting Nicole was meeting her parents. Not only have I avoided the cliché that people don’t like their in-laws, I’ve also gained a second set of parents who, I can honestly say, […]


Chapter 5 | Part 2: An Existential Journey

by Christopher Graham
The single worst thing about being a patient, the part that sucks more than anything else, is that you can never get away from it. It’s never not with you. You can’t put it out of your mind for even one day, once you get diagnosed. You’ll worry constantly about the future, even […]


Chapter 5 | Part 3: Knowing When to be Your Own Advocate

by Christopher Graham
Getting back to the nature of the patient experience in this reality, I must say I’m slightly mystified as to how people navigate the healthcare system without intimate, working knowledge of how it works and how things are done. I think it has been perhaps slightly easier for me to deal with all […]


Chapter 5 | Part 4: A Few Short Days of Freedom

by Christopher Graham
My dad was able to come back up to help out following my discharge. I was finally set free on post-op day 10. It was a Saturday morning, probably around 11 AM when I finally got out. Earlier that day, and even though I already had all of these vaccinations, I got repeat […]


Chapter 4 | Part 1: The White Coats

Getting stepped down to the floor was a very nice change from the ICU. For one thing, I was feeling better. That was the whole reason I was able to be stepped down in the first place. So, at least some things were headed in the right direction. My kidneys had still taken the beating […]