From Library Journal
In 1984, Healey would appear to have been an average, 20-year-old college student a fraternity president majoring in political science at a California University. His life suddenly changed when he was diagnosed with a fibrosarcoma of the nose. Fibrosarcoma is an unusually aggressive cancer that in Healey's case required repeated surgeries and radiation to cure. But this was only the beginning of his ordeal. The lifesaving surgeries left his face disfigured. Healey recounts how, with the love and support of his family and friends and with his own admirable spiritual values and upbeat attitude, he endured several years of reconstructive surgery. He came to realize that how he viewed himself was ultimately more important than how the world viewed him. While not as powerfully compelling as Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face (LJ 7/94), Healey's memoir will encourage those suffering from similar disfiguring conditions and is recommended for consumer health collections. James Swanton, Harlem Hosp., New York
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"This moving account of the author's struggles and eventual triumph can provide a lesson for all of us." -- Oncology Nursing Forum, Jan/Feb 2002
An engrossing book. This autobiographical account of his illness will hold your interest from page one to the end. -- Daily Republic, August 13, 2002
Healey's memoir will encourage those suffering from similar disfiguring conditions and is recommended for consumer health collections. James Swanton -- Library Journal, June 15, 2001