Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to by Bryan Bishop

By Bryan Bishop

In 2009, at thirty years outdated, Bryan Bishop’s lifestyles was once correct heading in the right direction. recognized to hundreds of thousands as “Bald Bryan,” the sidekick and soundman at the record-setting podcast, The Adam Carolla express, his radio profession used to be starting off. He was once newly engaged. Then, he and his fiancée Christie have been introduced a crushing blow while he was once clinically determined with a mind stem glioma—an inoperable mind tumor. unexpectedly Bryan’s promising destiny used to be reworked right into a grueling time table of radiation and chemotherapy whereas dealing with his mortality.

In this poignant narrative that's alternately heartbreaking and hysterical, Bishop stocks the surreal reviews of writing his will with the bravado of a pulp novelist, taking chemo in a strip membership, and (technically) the nearest he ever acquired to attaining his lifelong dream of a threesome—when a actual therapist needed to convey his spouse the best way to shower him within the bathe in the course of his weakened state.

Whether recounting his look for the main competitive kind of remedy, how radiation therapy jeopardized his skill to (literally) stroll down the aisle or perhaps smile for his marriage ceremony pictures, or recalling the time his spouse inadvertently drugged him in a pool in Maui, Bishop’s inimitable voice radiates via his story.

As the writer celebrates how remedy reduced in size his tumor and gave him a brand new rent on existence, Shrinkage finds the resilience of the human spirit—and the facility of laughter—during even the darkest times.

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What can an in-​depth look at cause marketing and a case study of breast cancer tell us about framing and agenda setting? What are the implications of this study for understanding influence, power, and politics in America today? I discuss the methodology employed in this book before turning to the empirical work. Few sources of data exist for studying who participates in cause-​ marketing campaigns, how often, and for what products, let alone the effects of these activities on broader social and political phenomena.

Foundations 43 movement as outside the scope of study. 68 Kendrowski and Sarow draw on framing and agenda-​setting theory to show how grassroots survivors’ organizations influence media attention and, ultimately, policymakers. ”69 Their analysis focuses on how advocacy shapes media attention and ultimately policy, but they do not analyze market mechanisms. In sum, cause marketing is an often-​used corporate and organizational mechanism. The large body of social science literature on breast cancer focuses on how these strategies have created particular cultural understandings and an emphasis on individual prevention.

Breen, The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004). 26. Landon R. Y. Storrs, Civilizing Capitalism: The National Consumers’ League, Women’s Activism, and Labor Standards in the New Deal Era (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000); Meg Jacobs, Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-​ Century America (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005); Cohen, A Consumers’ Republic. 27. 28 Issues surrounding purchasing power were never far down on the governmental agenda, and citizens measured their well-​being in large part by their ability to purchase goods and services.

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