In 2017, Edward Miskie published a book called Cancer, Musical Theatre, and Other Chronic Illnesses. As you can probably imagine from the title, it broaches a very serious subject from as lighthearted a space as it can, attributed to Miskie’s experience as a singer and actor. He had never really considered himself a writer, but after experiencing cancer himself (Rare-Enlarged B-Cell Burkitt’s-like Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, to be exact) and speaking with other cancer survivors, Miskie was inspired to share his own experiences as a patient as well as the aftermath of survival.
“When you come on the other end of it it is just as much of a shit-show. When you’re a patient you have a team of nurses and doctors and other people kind of holding your hand and guiding you along, and telling you what to do. So once that’s over you’re kind of like, ‘Well, okay, I have to get back to some kind of life now.’ It’s weird. It’s jarring. It’s definitely a re-readjustment.”