STRIPPED



STRIPPED:


AT THE INTERSECTION OF CANCER, 
CULTURE, AND CHRIST
A Memoir
Heather King

In 2000, King, a sober alcoholic, married at the time, and living in L.A., was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The good news: a small tumor; the least advanced stage. Still, doctors recommended surgery, radiation, high-dose chemo, and five years of the aggressive hormone drug Tamoxifen.

Terrified of dying, yet determined to steer her own course, King began researching. She found that chemo could kill, radiation could cause secondary cancers, Tamoxifen had severe side effects, and long-term studies on any of those treatments was virtually nil.

Stripped is a memoir about coming to the decision to have the tumor surgically removed—and to forego all further treatment. To love this world with all our hearts, even as we know we'll be leaving it one day, is to dwell at the intersection of a cross where mystery, paradox, and a sense of humor meet.

Which is maybe why the very best thing to come out of that dark-night-of-the-soul year was the phone call King made to her friend Brad the night she got the diagnosis.

“Brad!” she keened. “I have it! I have cancer!”

“That sucks,” he replied. “Could it have been that time I smoked in your car?”

PRAISE FOR HEATHER KING'S WRITING

"Dark, poignant, and hilariously funny. King's escapades evoke the demons that drive and haunt us all."
-Comic Denis Leary

"A hefty chaser of humor and redemption before last call"
-L.A. Weekly

"Loaded with jokes and wicked anecdotes...Parched is a big-picture kind of memoir, literary and complete"
-Boston Phoenix

"Gives us all hope for embracing grace"
-National Catholic Reporter





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