Lay Me Down Tomorrow: novel

Part 1: A Random Antidote
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

Part 2: No Pageant Queen Here, Honey
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

Part 3: What to Give the Man Who Has Everything
Chapters 1-4
Chapter 5
Chapters 6-9
Chapters 10-12
Chapters 13-15

Lay Me Down Tomorrow follows three people, in a contemporary setting, each facing a terminal disease.  At first they submit to their fate, resigned and desolate.   An intruder in their lives inspires them to do more than watch the clock tick down.  The results are darkly comic, indecent, and ultimately life saving

Along the way, the story touches briefly on themes which are known to many patients dealing with their doctors:  the frustration when talking to busy physicians; the jargon gap –for example, doctors will say “the patient failed the drug regimen”, instead of a more normal “the drug failed the patient”; and the gap between treatment intended for the “average” patient and the unique needs of any one actual patient. 

(The First Cell, written by noted cancer doctor Azra Raza, does a marvelous job of emphasizing the human side of aggressive cancer treatment.)

The three parts to the story are shown in separate posts.