Breast Cancer Survivors
The following year Astell published Letters Concerning the Love of God, dedicated to Lady Catherine Jones, and she published the second portion of her A Serious Proposal in 1697 in it she explained to her female audience how to pursue rational thought. Over the following decade Astell published tracts continuing to emphasize the natural equality of the sexes, managing to maintain balance between that belief and her continued support of the subjection of women to men. Her stance remained possible partly because she focused her claims on single women, remaining single herself. She lived out her life in Chelsea, supporting the founding of a charity school for girls that operated into the 19th century. A strong enough voice to be satirized by Jonathan Swift in the Tattler, Astell was later celebrated by Richard Steele in his The Ladies Library (1714). She apparently died of breast cancer and was buried in the Chelsea Church cemetery.
Andrew Riches is Head of Medical Science and Human Biology at the University of St Andrews. His research centres on the study of cancer in humans and methods of treatment, especially radiation. His main areas of interest include molecular mechanisms of growth control in haematopoieses, breast cancer risk, and radiation carcinogenesis.
Lorde's poetry is always on one level about survival, but it became an even more explicit theme when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the late 1970s. She writes on her illness and surgery in The Cancer Journals (1980). Six years later she was diagnosed with liver cancer, which she discussed in the title essay of her book A Burst of Light (1988). She died of cancer in 1992. Other prose works are Zami A New Spelling of My Name (1982), which combines autobiography, history, and myth, and which Lorde termed a biomythography, Sister Outsider Essays and Speeches (1984), and A Burst of Light.
Create tension between traditional forms and more challenging content. Molly Peacock's sixteen line exploded sonnet Those Paperweights with Snow Inside plays a narrative of domestic violence against the apparent solidity of the sonnet form. Hacker's Cancer Winter describes in a series of Italian sonnets the poet's battle with breast cancer. R. S. Gwynn's three-sonnet sequence Body Bags tells tragic stories in miniature. The sestet of the second poem is particularly brutal in its use of rhyming iambic meter