A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing

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Plume, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 213 pages
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In 1984 a large cancer was discovered in Reynolds Price's spinal cord. Here he recounts without self-pity what became a long struggle to withstand and recover from this appalling, if all too common, affliction. He charts the first puzzling symptoms; the urgent surgery that fails to remove the growth and radiation that temporarily arrests it; the trials of rehab; the steady rise of severe pain and reliance on drugs; the sustaining force of a certain religious vision; the discovery of help from biofeedback and hypnosis; and the miraculous return of his powers as a writer in a new, active life.
Beyond the particulars of pain and illness, Price tells of his determination to get on with human interaction, the gratitude he feels toward kin and friends and some (though by no means all) doctors, and the return to his prolific work.
More than the portrait of one brave person in tribulation, "A Whole New Life" offers honest insight, realistic encouragement, and inspiration to others who suffer the bafflement of catastrophic illness or know someone who does or will.

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Review: A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing

User Review  - Naga Di Kandang - Goodreads

As I deal with a potentially disabling illness myself, my therapist recommended this book to me. It is Price's memoir about his own disabling condition. The details are not the same, but it is a ... Read full review

Review: A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing

User Review  - Patti - Goodreads

This is the story of the author's dealing with cancer, the resulting paralysis, the pain, and the healing. A wonderful book - so easy to read and understand. I will be sharing this one with friends. Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1994)

Edward Reynolds Price was born on February 1, 1933 in Macon, North Carolina. After graduating from Duke University in 1955, he won a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University. Despite being living as a paraplegic after receiving radiation treatment for a spinal tumor since the mid-1980s, he produced approximately one book a year and taught writing and the poetry of Milton at Duke University. His first novel, A Long and Happy Life (1962) won the William Faulkner Award. His other works include The Names and Faces of Heroes, Clear Pictures: First Loves, First Guides, A Whole New Life, and The Good Priest's Son. Kate Vaiden won the National Books Critics Circle Award. His plays have been produced on stage and on PBS's American Playhouse. He died due to complications of a heart attack on January 20, 2011 at the age of 77.

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