Through the frayed curtain at my window a wan glow announces the break of day. My heels hurt, my head weighs a ton, and something like a giant invisible diving bell holds my whole body prisoner.” So begins the autobiography of Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of Elle magazine, with the implications of a stroke at the time of writing. Bauby's autobiography has great emotional resonance, and he is one of many who have written about their struggles with illness. Another memorable account is that of John Diamond, the Times journalist who was diagnosed with throat cancer in April 1997 and described its unremitting progress episodically in his weekly column (www.times-archive.co.uk/JohnDiamond). The years spent honing the skill of written expression as a journalist led to impassioned and heartfelt reflections on Diamond's death. This vulnerability has been made more open through the internet.
Via a weblog (blog) anyone with access to the