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Oops, I lost My Sense of Humor, By: Lois Wells Santalo
Wednesday, January 11, 2012  11:44:00 AM

by Nicole Marie Sorkin



Action/Thriller
The doctor said, "Don't try it you could die on the operating table." A scary thought, but the alternative was worsewaiting a few months for certain death. The author decides to go with the riskier option, which offers hope for the future. In this poignant true story, a woman reflects on her life, loves, family and marriage as she comes to terms with her mortality.

 Lois Wells Santalo’s Oops, I Lost My Sense of Humor depicts Santalo’s life story, from her childhood during the Depression, to her surgery later in life, to the present. At age eighty-one, a doctor gives her two options to cope with her pancreatic cancer: To opt for surgery resulting in an extremely painful recovery, or a bypass which will not cure the cancer, but will lesson her pain temporarily. Santalo is very offended by these options. She feels the doctor is not recommending the surgery because she believes, at age eighty-one, Santalo has had her fair share of life. Santalo does not agree. There are so many things in life she has yet to enjoy, or wants to continue to enjoy, such as listening to her beloved opera singer Jose Carreras and writing stories. She chooses the surgery, endures through a difficult recovery, and then thanks herself for making the right decision. She continues to spend time doing the things that she loves and encourages her readers to embrace and fight for life as she does.

Santalo told her life story with confidence and precise prose. She made it obvious to her readers she will not let anything get her down, and she would push on to follow her dream of writing no matter what it takes. She chooses life in order to spend every last day on earth writing the stories that claim her mind and heart. Her passion for writing is apparent in the way she presented her story, the words flowed beautifully. Her memoir is easy to read and equally as inspiring. Throughout her life, the drive to write creatively has led her through life’s hardships, including two broken marriages and a few bouts with cancer.

The way she presents her life story sparked my interest as a reader and writer. As a creative writer myself, this book sparked fresh inspiration and motivation for my own work. She tells of the sacrifices she had to make as a writer, turning away from it to take care of her family, but she never gave up on it. Although she wrote many novels that were not accepted by her agent, she pushed on, not because she wanted to get published, but because writing is a part of her very soul; she simply cannot get away from it. “Writing is my Magic Theatre,” she said, “my way of exploring my mind.” Her determination to pursue her dream amidst the distractions of life, especially being a wife, inspires me to continue in my efforts and be disciplined. It refreshes my own resolve to be consistent with my writing, and not let life’s demands and expectations get in the way of what I’ve always known I was meant to do.

Santalo’s memoir is for those who have lost the simple joy of living and the ambition to live out their dreams. It is to encourage those who have struggled or are struggling with illness. It is to motivate women who are caught up in their wifely duties, which are still expected today, to pursue their dreams. The 2011 reprint includes an addition, in which Santalo proudly informs readers it has been ten years since the surgery which saved her life. Because of these ten years, she believes her life was prolonged for a purpose, which she aspires to comprehend. She believes there is some sort of a God or higher being, which continues to grant her life to work on her novels. She also emphasizes her love for literature, which began in her childhood, and continues throughout her life. She believes writing from her heart is more important than writing what is merely sellable in the current literary market. At the end of the book, she is reunited with her sense of humor, and promises to push on amidst the belief that her age deems she has already lived a full life. She plans on writing and publishing many more books, listening to and attending plenty more operas, and fighting for more time in a world she continues to try to understand and love.

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