Lewis, Tolkein & Madeleine L’Engle all lauded “myth” as the revealer of greater Truth, not myth as escape and certainly not myth as falsehood or lie. How beautiful to see the world of fandom & story, the world of the Avenger myth bringing encouragement to a sick father because his child loves him enough to call for some pop culture love to cheer him.
My father, Stratford Caldecott, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in October 2011. I wrote about what that was like at the time in a piece for Verily Magazine. Life since then has been very strange. He has bravely, patiently tried every treatment available to slow down the progress of the cancer, and we have been blessed with some good – almost normal – times together, amongst the bad.
The doctors now say that dad is into the final stages of the disease, the part where your bones fracture under the slightest impact, and swelling around vital organs starts to happen for no apparent reason. They say that we only have around 12 weeks left. We have to make these 12 weeks count, and I have an idea about how we can do that.
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