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TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On the return of Joy’s cancer.
18 October 1959
Will you redouble your prayers for us? Apparently the wonderful recovery Joy made in 1957 was only a reprieve, not a pardon. The last X Ray check reveals cancerous spots returning in many of her bones. There seems to be some hope of a few years life still and there are still things the doctors can do. But they are all in the nature of ‘rearguard actions’. We are in retreat. The tide has turned. Of course God can do again what He did before. The sky is not now so dark as it was when I married her in hospital. Her courage is wonderful and she gives me more support than I can give her.
The dreadful thing, as you know, is the waking each morning—the moment at which it all flows back on one.
• From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
• Compiled in Yours, Jack