chapter  28
6 Pages

Siek Sex Revisited

When life-changing illness strikes, sometimes the most cliched, self-evident bits of wisdom act as a lifeline through desperate moments. Hanging on to one's sexuality adds an element of joy in a bleak daily existence. Sex, humor, and platitudes, like illness itself, hide layers of meaning beyond their first-glance obviousness. Platitudes are ubiquitous and easily ridiculed, yet they can be affirming and sustaining. Indeed, their very simplicity often paradoxically masks complex human truths. Sex is common enough, yet it is an enigmatic and spiritual force of life itself. Keeping sexual desire alive and active was important to me, despite a heavy physical cost. Only with hindsight does the audacity of c1aiming sexuality in the midst of miserable symptoms seem impossibly unrealistic and overly romantic.