By John Diamond
Presently earlier than his forty fourth birthday, John Diamond obtained a choice from the medical professional who had got rid of a lump from his neck. Having been guaranteed for the former 2 years that this was once a benign cyst, Diamond used to be instructed that it used to be, in truth, cancerous. all of sudden, this guy who'd until eventually this aspect been one of many world's maximum hypochondriacs, used to be certainly confronted with mortality. And what he observed scared the wits out of him. Out of necessity, he wrote approximately his emotions in his occasions column and the reaction was once superb. Mailbag Diamond's tale of existence with, and with out, a lump - the humiliations, the ridiculous bits, the humorous bits, the tearful bits. it is compelling, profound, witty, within the mildew of THE DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY.
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