In this week’s reading, it is Mary Anne’s birthday. Before her birthday party, Mary Anne and Will went in for the results of her second scan since she’d been diagnosed. But she was soon taken off one of her chemo drugs; Xeloda because Mary Anne was reacting badly to it. They were warned that the results might not be as good as the first. Eventually Dr. O’Reilly had good news of the result from her last scan “About thirty percent of the liver was involved when you first came in [...] Now it’s much closer to fifteen percent” (148). Mary Anne has been feeling better lately she started to gain some weight and had a lot more energy. Mary Anne and Will start a new book the Continental Drift by Russell Banks, which was stated as depressing. Schwalbe says the book Continental Drift, is a story of a young Haitian woman. “The book tells in parallel the story of a young Haitian woman and her infant and nephew, and their journey as refugees as she tries to make a new life for the three of them. Things go horrendously badly-both on an illegal boat and long before” (152). They eventually didn’t have an opportunity to discuss this book because it was soon Mary Anne’s birthday. She was celebrating her 74th birthday at Daisy May’s; a barbeque restaurant where Will arranged a celebration with friends and family. Later in the book, Schwalbe mentions The Painted Veil where the main character; Kitty is told to consider the beauty of the nun’s lives as perfect of art. As Mary Anne continues to read this novel she admires Kitty’s perspective on the nuns “The nuns do what they do without fear; she does what she does in spite of it” (164). After reading that quotation, Schwalbe made me wonder if I knew someone that was fearless for their actions. So this brings me to ask, are you able to do what you want without fear ? Do you know anyone from your friends or family that is fearful ? If you are scared, how so ?