Pat Conroy – Discovering Himself in the Movements of Beaufort Dolphin-Proud tides…


Not all of you may share to the same degree my love and respect for Pat Conroy, but in this statement released this morning I am staggered. He has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was quoted to have said in October, the celebration of his 70th birthday, that his intention was to live and to write “as well as I can, for as long as I can.” In this announcement it said, “Pat Conroy is, as he so often reminds us in his writing, the son of a warrior, and now we rally around him in support of this newest fight. We are with you, Pat. We are always with you.”  I wanted all of you to know of this announcement and bid your prayers on Conroy’s behalf.

Here is Conroy’s note:

Hey out there,

I celebrated my 70th birthday in October and realized that I’ve spent my whole writing life trying to find out who I am and I don’t believe I’ve even come close. It was in Beaufort in sight of a river’s sinuous turn, and the movements of its dolphin-proud tides that I began to discover myself and where my life began at fifteen.

I have recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and I intend to deliver it.

Much love,
Pat Conroy

My publisher will forward mail
Pat Conroy
c/o Doubleday, 1745 Broadway, 13th floor, New York, NY 10019

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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5 Responses to Pat Conroy – Discovering Himself in the Movements of Beaufort Dolphin-Proud tides…

  1. Linda says:

    Love his writing too and know he will give everything he has to fight this.
    Thank you for making us all aware of his fight so we can pray for him.

  2. johnvic8 says:

    What a wonderful, creative writer. I have enjoyed so many of his works…especially the cookbook. Thanks, Stepheny, for passing this along.

  3. noelleg44 says:

    Thanks for letting me know, Stephenie. I am really sad, but choose to believe he will fight it successfully. It’s not always a death sentence. As you know, I love, love his writing. I can’t bear to think that his voice might be stilled.

  4. dino0726 says:

    Thank you, Stepheny, for passing the information along. We’ll be remembering him in prayer.

  5. I read this too. Sending good thoughts his way.

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