Local author, Dawn Newton joins us to share her brave and intimate memoir.
About the Book
In Winded, Dawn Newton describes life with terminal disease, exploring dark crevices of the psyche as she tries to access the value of a life. The final lessons she imparts to her family may not be about resilience but about illuminating vulnerability and embracing the imperfect. When Dawn Newton, an adjunct professor and mother of three, gets a terminal lung cancer diagnosis, the path forward appears rutted. The Great Recession has left her exhausted and juggling multiple jobs. Then she learns of her cancer’s mutation. She can take a pill each day to live longer.
Fifteen months into survival, she feels overwhelmed by the effort of staying alive. She longs to embrace moments and display gratitude yet can’t find words to articulate her needs. Regardless of any control she exerts over her body’s frailties, her emotional life asserts its own disruptive trajectory. Even as she labors to anchor herself to the love of family, she faces a blasphemous question: If no cure is available, and death lurks around the next corner, is more time really worth it?
About the Author
Dawn Newton has spent her life with words. A first-generation college student, she attended
Michigan State University and subsequently an M.A. in Fiction from John Hopkins University.
Shortly after she was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in November of 2012, she learned
that her cancer had the vulnerable EGFR mutation. Inspired to learn more about health care,
she earned a Certificate in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding. When not attending doctors’
appointments, she fills her days with writing, researching and spending time with her family
and one very rambunctious dog. Dawn Newton lives in Lansing, Michigan.