December 14, 2005

The day the sky fell in

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,1655273,00.html

Laurie was just 13 when he was killed by a rare and aggressive cancer. His father, Matthew Engel, describes losing his best pal.

I'm generally not a big fan of weekend supplements; their fashion, motoring, cooking, homes sections just seem like watered down versions of the magazines devoted entirely to those same subjects, and in more or less the opposite way to how I enjoy the New Yorker, their features and interviews somehow just never engage me.

But this is one of the most moving, heart breaking pieces I've ever read. Matthew Engel writes unflinchingly and honestly about an almost unthinkably awful sequence of events. It's an extraordinary and brave piece of writing, and I quote nothing from it because it needs to be read as a whole.


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  1. I don't think i've ever been more moved and saddened from reading something…

    14 Dec 2005, 23:12

  2. And I don't think I've ever read something that has been written with an honesty so brutal.

    03 Jan 2006, 21:06

  3. Pam Archer

    My son also suffered from this rare cancer-alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. He passed away on his dad's 50th birthday on 8/25/05. He was 19 years old. It has broken our hearts to lose him — to stand by and watch helplessly. There was nothing more that could be done for him after 18 months of treatment. We miss him so much. his website – www.caringbridge.org/tn/jasona/ Every year in America 250–350 children are diagnosed with this cancer and if it is advanced—stage 3 or 4 chances for survival are slim. We need more research dollars for these rare childhood cancers. Advances in knowledge have been made, but this has not changed the treatment and survival chances for metastatic cancer.

    18 Jan 2006, 09:27


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