The Lives They Lived: Lisa Bonchek Adams

“The Lives They Lived: Lisa Bonchek Adams,” by Elizabeth Weil, The New York Times, Dec. 23, 2015.

She taught us how to die.

Death presents a problem every time. Everybody’s a rookie, everybody’s afraid.

Lisa Bonchek Adams typed her way unto the breach. A realist, an atheist and not at all sappy, she detested the notion that cancer was a gift. (Really, she asked, would you give it to somebody?) But one tweet and one blog post at a time, her illness became her subject matter. Part diarist, part Dear Abby, she chronicled her experience with cancer — dispensing insight and advice, avoiding euphemism and sentimentality.

Adams first received a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2006. In 2012, the cancer returned, metastasized to her bones, Stage IV.

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