"Your numbers fell off a cliff!"
These words, spoken to Joel Wapnick by his doctor one spring evening in 2019, triggered three months of diagnosis and eight of treatment. After four years of an enjoyable retirement, Wapnick would be fighting a serious illness that, because of his age and other factors, would yield only a one-in-two chance of survival:
My Lymphoma Year is both memoir and guide. It describes how Wapnick overcame depression, fear, anxiety, physical discomfort, and pain, and it presents the many coping strategies he used to outlast a long and punishing chemotherapy.