Being seriously ill makes you intensely aware of your mortality. From an early age we all know that someday we will die. But for much of our life death casts only a faint shadow, like that of a high cloud on an otherwise sunny day. When severe illness strikes, th at cloud suddenly envelops you in its shadow.
In fall 1994 my doctor told me I had colon cancer, which had a considerable chance of spreading. And death's dark shadow immediately came over me.
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