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Lauren Terrazzano was a journalist for Newsday‚--îpart of two Pulitzer-winning reporting teams‚--îwho died of lung cancer before she turned 40. Her father chronicles her life as she battled the illness, using excerpts from a series of columns she wrote for Newsday: "Note that the name of this column is Life, with Cancer. The emphasis is on ‚--òlife.'" Her sense of humor remained intact during much of her illness. "‚--¶after the nurse would leave her with the morphine lollipop in her mouth, she was apt to twirl it around her mouth, turn to one of her friends, and proceed to do her best Shirley Temple imitation, singing: On the mor-phine lol-li-pop‚--¶" Terrazzano also lets the reader share in Lauren's many investigative stories (from air crashes to senior abuse) and her strong desire to make a difference. Critical moments include the confirmation of the diagnosis ("she was still holding out hope th everything would work out for the best") and the drastic treatment: removal of her right lung. Terrazzano's pain comes through and so does Lauren's courage, humor, and realism in the face of her deadly disease. Agent: Linda Konner, Linda Konner Literary Agency,

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Life, with Cancer: The Lauren Terrazzano Story
Frank Terrazzano and Paul Lonardo, foreword by Anna Q uindlen. HCI, $16.95 trade paper (312p) ISBN 978-0-7573-1663-0

Lauren Terrazzano was a journalist for Newsday―part of two Pulitzer-winning reporting teams―who died of lung cancer before she turned 40. Her father chronicles her life as she battled the illness, using excerpts from a series of columns she wrote for Newsday...Terrazzano also lets the reader share in Lauren's many investigative stories (from air crashes to senior abuse) and her strong desire to make a difference. Critical moments include the confirmation of the diagnosis and the drastic treatment: removal of her right lung. Terrazzano's pain comes through and so does Lauren's courage, humor, and realism in the face of her deadly disease.

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"People we love sometimes have the power to turn the experience of dying into a breathtaking gift for those left behind. That's what happened for the friends and family of Lauren Terrazzano. A journalist, she chronicled her experience with lung cancer in the pages of Newsday. Now, her father, Frank Terrazzano, and Paul Lonardo have compiled those columns and the reflections and responses of the writer's loved ones. It's a story to truly touch the heart."

--Adele Symonds, Wordpress
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757316638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757316630
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
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Frank Terrazano was a guest on Ashley Fountainne's wonderful radio show, [...]

Lauren Terrazano was a journalist who battled cancer with hope and life. Whereas most books about cancer seem down and depressing. This book was written with life and hope.

Written by father, Frank, this book is about a journalist who gave her heart and put it on the page. When she was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs, she took a high road and wrote a blog and a Newsday column called Life , with cancer.

This was as powerful pieces of work. Lauren brought her works to the human factor, rather than talk medicalese. She break down the ideals of cancer into something people can understand

Lung cancer seem to be a disease that is effecting women more and more these days. what makes this more and more powerful Lauren addressed this in her blog and her columns.

If you have cancer, friends or family who have cancer or just want to read something positive, this book is one you should read

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I went to high school with Lauren and my best friend lived in her neighborhood. I always knew Lauren was bright, friendly and had a great personality. I was a year older and lost touch after I graduated. I was very saddened when I learned of Lauren's illness in an article I read. Our local newspaper ran an article recently about this book coming out. I was extremely interested to learn more about Lauren's life and what she had accomplished. The book was very interesting and covered both her personal and professional life. I was very impressed with all that she accomplished. The book was easy to follow and written with much love by her Dad.
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This was a courageous book to write as a testament to a much loved daughter Lauren. Mr Terrazzano has written in simple and clear style, a celebration of Lauren's life. His expression of helplessness in his daughter's illness comes across as realistic and very sad. However this is not a sad book, it is full of life and details of the very exciting life led by a young dedicated journalist who wanted to make a difference to people who needed help and recognition.

Early on in Lauren's career she said that a wise editor once told her,

`We are all dying we're just doing it on a different schedule.' How true.

It was very novel way to write the book by finding out about the lives of Lauren's friends, and through that to learn about her life and the effect that she had on others.

The story jumps back and forward in time from childhood to adulthood and also gives details of Lauren's college days and trials and tribulations. I particularly enjoyed her personal involvement in the Long Island community and the investigative work done to improve lives of that community. The fact that she got to ride along with social services is surely a first for a journalist. It was also very scary to find out the specific targeting of cigarette advertising toward women.

The statistics given on lung cancer are truly horrific, but a necessary part of the narrative, as this was real life and real facts had to be looked at.This seemed very much Lauren's style and her father has captured this well in his writing.

The excerpts from Lauren's own column `Life with cancer,' were very touching and honest and had a lot of humour.
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This book is very well written and gives such an accurate view of how life changes after a lung cancer diagnosis.

As a lung cancer patient advocate I was impressed with the factual aspects shared through Lauren's story.

I truly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.
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