CHEST Editor’s Note: After the removal of 40% of her cancerous left lung in 1988, at 73 years old the author is now 23 years as a cancer survivor. “The Terminal” is about her father facing his lung cancer forty years earlier when his left lung had been removed. Later cancer was found in his right lung, and he passed away at age 52.
The Terminal Down his chest one long scar lay like an abandoned railroad track connecting nothing – and as my ﬁngers turned the bend I felt a third-rail-jolt and knew that he was trapped beneath those cross-ties. Regina Murray Brault Burlington, VT
Editor’s Note: Ms Ball writes, “I currently teach ESL at DePaul University in Chicago.”
No Salt No Bacon I leave the lunch to talk to Ryan in the gazebo and he assures me that Amy has over-reacted, that the three days he spent having tests in the hospital showed that he was in perfectly good physical health despite the little balance problem he had (which Amy described as listing like a sailboat-why they went to the hospital in the ﬁrst place before they found that a piece of plaque had lodged in his brain causing the imbalance) and I can see that he looks strong, however, a bit too lean for my taste, from all the swimming like a torpedo that he does regularly although not in summer when there are too many serious swimmers competing for lanes, he explains in his quivering yet sartorial voice and again he assures me of how much other exercise he does- the rowing machine and the twenty minutes on the treadmill, how Amy and he eat healthily: grilled ﬁsh three times a week, no salt, no bacon, no sugar, a little wine, nothing to worry about, how he tries to avoid stressful situations like people who disagree with him about socialized medicine, I think. I say, I thought you were on a heart monitor, so he opens his shirt to show me the metal contraption on his chest as if it were an Olympic medal then I rejoin the ladies inside for the tiramisu that Kelly brought. Jan Ball Chicago, IL
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© 2012 American College of Chest Physicians. Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details. DOI: 10.1378/chest.11-2584 Pectoriloquy