Dying of cancer, Amy Low finds meaning in the mundane of life

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Religion

(RNS) — Amy Low thought she’d caught a stomach bug.Back from a long work trip in 2019, Low, a managing director for the Emerson Collective, was feeling achy and tired and unable to keep up. A fever and a “funky gut” warranted a trip to her doctor, which led to a prescription for some antibiotics and an ultrasound to make sure everything was OK.
It was not. The scan showed a growth on her liver. A biopsy revealed it was cancerous.
“I’m sorry,” she recalls the surgeon telling her after the biopsy.
A few days later, another doctor told the then-48-year-old Low that she was dying of Stage 4 colon cancer. 
“He delivered his words with great care, but I hated each one,” Low recalls in her new memoir, “The Brave In-Between,” out this month from Hachette. “They were awful, and the notion of shooting the messenger started to resonate with me like never before.”
In her book, Low, a Christian college graduate and daughter of a pastor, grapples with the lessons learned in what she calls the “last room” — a stage where she is close to dying but still here. It’s a room we all will enter at some point, she writes. But few of us think about our mortality before th …

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It was not. The scan showed a growth on her liver. A biopsy revealed it was cancerous.
“I’m sorry,” she recalls the surgeon telling her after the biopsy.
A few days later, another doctor told the then-48-year-old Low that she was dying of Stage 4 colon cancer. 
“He delivered his words with great care, but I hated each one,” Low recalls in her new memoir, “The Brave In-Between,” out this month from Hachette. “They were awful, and the notion of shooting the messenger started to resonate with me like never before.”
In her book, Low, a Christian college graduate and daughter of a pastor, grapples with the lessons learned in what she calls the “last room” — a stage where she is close to dying but still here. It’s a room we all will enter at some point, she writes. But few of us think about our mortality before th …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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