Dying To Do Letterman

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Dying To Do Letterman: Turning Someday Into Today by Steve Mazan

#CancerBookClub Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017

 

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  1. Anti-Cancer Club
    Anti-Cancer Club / December 19, 2016 at 8:40 am /Reply

    Our next book (and movie!) Dying To Do Letterman is now open for discussion! Personally I LOVED both the book and the movie. Both are funny, endearing and hit home. Given a cancer diagnosis and a limited amount of time to live, what do you want to do? Steve, a professional stand up comedian, set his sights on Letterman.

  2. Stephie
    Stephie / December 20, 2016 at 6:39 am /Reply

    Fill in the blank: “I am dying to_________________________.”

    I love Steve’s encouragement to REALLY consider what we are dying to do; I will be considering this in the weeks leading up to January’s book club because, quite candidly, I am not sure what I am dying to do.

  3. Pat
    Pat / December 21, 2016 at 7:33 am /Reply

    Passion is so important. Steve’s passion for his craft (comedy) and his relentless pursuit of his dream, played out against the ticking time clock of a dire cancer diagnosis is a great story, told with great humanity and humor.

    Humor and cancer sounds antithetical, but I’d argue it’s not. It’s essential. Laughter is about life. It’s very present moment. It can even be a meditation. I don’t think we laugh nearly enough! I need to dial into our daily laughter calls run by Khevin and Gaga! (See Daily Scoop calendar on the site for details).

  4. Kirstin Nussgruber
    Kirstin Nussgruber / December 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm /Reply

    What an awesome topic to round off the old year and start the new! I can’t wait to delve in with my gang, we’ll do the movie, gives us a family bonding moment I am so looking forward to in the break!

    I agree Pat, we NEED to laugh, even at cancer, absolutely! It allows us to also get up, close and personal with it all. It was and still is an essential part of my own coping strategy. I use my reconstructed and partially radiated boobs all the time to see the lighter side, because there always is one and it helps to put things and ourselves into perspective and gain a grip on life again and our role in it.

    When studying for my German Nutrition Diploma we had a laughter yoga class. Late Sunday afternoon after a full weekend of lectures. No-one was in the mood for laughing, or believed our lecturer could make us even smirk…and yet we ended up in stitches with tears streaming down our faces, and going home with belly aches from muscles we hadn’t used that hard in a long time. One of my favorite and most memorable classes! The bonding that happened among us was incredible!

  5. Anti-Cancer Club
    Anti-Cancer Club / December 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm /Reply

    Kirstin,

    Did you know hat we have daily laughter calls? It’s a volunteer effort and very cool. Here’s the URL:

    https://anticancerclub.com/about/calendar-of-events/

  6. pat
    pat / December 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm /Reply

    If you haven’t watched this clip yet: bit.ly/2hIciea

    I’ve read both the book and watched the film. Both are great. The (award winning) film really captures the perseverance, the work and the drive it takes to reach one’s goals in stand up comedy. All against the ticking time clock of an incurable cancer diagnosis. I won’t give away the ending…it’s toooo good if you haven’t gotten that far yet…

  7. Anti-Cancer Club
    Anti-Cancer Club / January 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm /Reply

    I just posted a piece in the Blogging Community called “Go For It!”:

    https://anticancerclub.com/the-blogging-community/go-for-it/

    Steve Mazan so personifies the spirit of LIVING.

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