Teva Harrison: “I feel really lucky to have such good people in my life.” April 21 2016
Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, on the people that stand by her side — both mentally and physically.
“The people who are there are just rockstars. They have been such deep emotional support for me, but also physical support. Sometimes the treatment has made it very difficult for me to perform just daily tasks, like cooking food, or watering the garden, or cleaning the house, and knowing that there are people I can call on to talk to me any hour of the day, or to lend a hand with whatever it is that I need, has been such an enormous gift. I feel really lucky to have such good people in my life.”
Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. She confronts with heartbreaking honesty the crises of identity that cancer brings: a lifelong vegetarian, Teva agrees to use experimental drugs that have been tested on animals. She struggles to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. She also examines those quiet moments of helplessness and loving with her husband, her family, and her friends, while they all adjust to the new normal.
Ultimately, In-Between Days is redemptive and uplifting, reminding each one of us of how beautiful life is, and what a gift.