Second Act: Life After Colostomy and Other Adventures

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Simon and Schuster, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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Everything was going swimmingly in the life of actress Barbara Barrie: a wonderful career that had carried her around the world, a talented husband, and two interesting, devoted children. Even better, the month of April 1994 found her in Charleston, South Carolina, filming Scarlett and enjoying the ambiance of that historic city. So why was this woman who could play three sets of doubles suddenly falling down in her hotel room? And whose pasty face was that, peering at her from the dresser mirror? When the actress received the diagnosis of colorectal cancer, she knew that this was the greatest crisis she and her family would face. But it also - as we see in the pages of this candid memoir - becomes an adventure that, through courage and humor, brings new joys and a greater appreciation to her life.
 

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SECOND ACT: Life After Colostomy and Other Adventures

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That even colostomies have their humorous aspect is demonstrated in this spirited account by a Tony- and Oscar- nominated actress with a remarkable zest for life. In April 1994, when Barrie was in her ... Read full review

Second act: life after colostomy and other adventures

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In this irreverently humorous book, ac-tress Barrie describes her 30-year experience first with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and later with carcinoma of the rectum. Despite significant symptoms ... Read full review

Contents

New Beginnings
15
London
23
Charleston
29
Back to the Hotel
34
Hospital Charleston
36
Last Day of Shooting
45
First Visit to Dr Eng
49
Second Visit to Dr Eng
53
RadiationChemo
142
The Lady on the Bus
147
Radiation
152
Irrigation Failure Saltaire
162
AfterPlay I
168
Back to the Drawing Board
173
The Hernia Repair
175
An Episode for Television
182

The Gottliebs
59
The CAT Scan
68
Should We Tell the Children?
74
Phone Call to Kids
79
First Night Hospital
88
ThelCU
94
First Operation
96
Terry Haus
110
Maggie
118
Home from the Hospital
123
Phone Call from Jim
128
The Call to Caroline
134
A Kelly Checkup
138
Seeking Answers
186
Dr Jackson
189
AfterPlay Rehearsals
192
Dr Eng Revisited
202
Before the Third Operation
205
After the Third Try
215
Irrigation
220
AfterPlay Second Production
228
Lunch with Dr Mears
233
Santa Barbara
237
Sources
245
Index
249
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