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  • Hachette Books Ireland

I've Got Cancer, What's Your Excuse?: A Journey Through Black Dog Days, the Big C and Laughter

Anne Gildea

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Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction, Coping with illness & specific conditions

Courageous, sometimes absurdly funny, and often heartbreaking, this is one woman's journey as she learns that there are some things she can't cure with comedy.

You're told 'you've got cancer'. You expect shock, fear and tears. But not the secret relief, the silent desire to die, the surreptitious gratitude you may have been handed a get-out clause. You barely admit that to yourself, but it's there in the background, even as you begin treatment.

This startlingly honest and humorous memoir from one of Ireland's most loved comediennes moves through depression, comedy, Catholicism, chemotherapy, the bog, emigration, and sex and having one breast and ultimately asks: 'Did cancer save my life?'

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