Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo
2014. First edition. A near fine, unmarked copy.
A year-long regimen of chemotherapy and radiotherapy wasn't quite what Luke Ryan had in mind when he turned twenty-two. Especially having been through the same rigmarole when he was eleven. Needless to say, Luke is eyeing off thirty-three warily.
Clearly there's only one course of action to take when you've been handed two life-threatening diagnoses in twenty-two years: comedy. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo is a warm-hearted and hilarious memoir from someone who has laughed in the face of more adversity than most of us will encounter in a lifetime.
Luke's is a life marked by cancer, not defined by it. These are tales of growing up, getting sick, getting better, getting sick again, dating while bald, partying while on chemo and keeping your semen in the freezer. But, above all, it's a story about the redemptive power of family when everything else is falling apart.
Luke Ryan is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and comedian. He has written for a number of publications including The Age, Smith Journal, The Lifted Brow, The Vine, Crikey, Kill Your Darlings, and many more, and performs regularly with a sketch-comedy outfit called the Lords of Luxury.