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Chemo on the Rocks: My Great Alaskan Misadventure Paperback – September 25, 2014
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So imagine my surprise when reading her book to find out about all she has endured. She talks about her insecurities, her adventures, her relationships, and her battles with a disease I cannot even imagine. I would think such experiences would have a lasting visible effect, but there was Becky just like always. Throughout the book her humor and strength show through, even when taking her biggest hits. Bouts with ovarian cancer play a big role in shaping Becky's path through life, but certainly do not rule it. She clearly wants more than to be just a cancer victim and the book stays true to that theme, putting the disease in perspective in her life as a whole without minimizing it or wallowing in it. Becky comes off as a complete person in the book, just as she does in real life! This is a story of staying yourself no matter what life throws at you. I'm so glad she has remained herself, and wrote her book to show it can be done.
First off, I have read the other reviews and some of them were written by people known to the author. I declare that I have never met Rebecca Durkin and am making my judgement purely on what is between the covers of Chemo on the Rocks.
Wow, what a subject for a book. We all have something in us that says approach the cancer subject with care – as though it were contagious. It’s a subject we avoid because of inner fears. People who’ve had it often don’t want to talk, just like those traumatized war veterans don’t want to discuss the carnage they saw.
Rebecca Durkin breaks down the cancer barrier, and hold still, reader, this does not mean that her memoir is stuffed with misery and pathos. Far from it, she generates wide smiles and wry grins while looking at some of the more drastic effects of ovarian tumors. She finds irony and ridicule along the route of her treatment and some of the reactions of the people involved. Much of it happened in Ketchikan, Alaska, which she likens to Alcatraz. The Birdman himself could not have felt more lonely and isolated.
I was left not sad for Rebecca, although sympathy is due, but more like uplifted because what came across was the courage, fortitude and determination of an admirable lady. I’m so glad that she is with us to tell the tale. I’m sure other sufferers will benefit from her candor.
If you’re still worried about how all this will read, then you need to know about Rebecca’s fluent style. Just sample some of the phraseology from her own description of the book:
“Chemo on the Rocks is a hard-fought battle in the fallopian trenches.”
“She prematurely crashes onto Mount Hysteria and wanders aimlessly through the Hormone War Zone.”
Take a break from the thrillers and fantasies and enjoy, yes enjoy, a dramatic true story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Becky Durkin's Chemo on the Rocks tells her amazing story of living through ovarian cancer after being diagnosed as a young bride in remote Ketchikan, Alaska. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Brooks
We are right there with Durkin as she faces the trials of cancer, physically and emotionally, with a sense of wit that kept me fascinated and kept me reading. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nikki Inc
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but despite being about a very difficult subject (ovarian cancer), this book turned out to be an entertaining page-turner! Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Meredith
When facing adversity, some people are tempted to give up. Others complain so long and loudly about their lot in life that one finds it difficult to muster and maintain any... Read morePublished 11 months ago by V. Morey
Years ago I read Gilda Radner's book ,"It's Always Something", detailing her battle with ovarian cancer. By the time I read the book, Ms. Radner had lost her battle. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elizabeth Russell
I loved this book, read it in full in one night. It was very real and at the same time uplifting.Published 11 months ago by DD Bruce
LOVED this book! Having some people in my life who have gone through the trials of having cancer (who doesn't?? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jill Kerns
What a great read! This book is about so much more than battling cancer. Durkin creates a back story by detailing a number of different vignettes from childhood, adolescence and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jill R Griffin
I was 47 when ovarian cancer became part of my life. I can not imagine being in my twenties. What Rebecca endured before, during and after her diagnosis must have been extremely... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joan Mascola