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Zammett tells her story as if she were recounting it to a girlfriend...her humor is the book's strength. -- Publisher's Weekly, March 7, 2005
Twenty-three years old and fresh out of college, in love with her boyfriend Nick, and having just started a great new job as assistant editor at Glamour magazine, Erin Zammett was looking forward to a future of unlimited promise - until she was confronted by the one experience that no person, young or old, is ever prepared to face. A routine checkup by her doctor seemed to indicate that she was in perfect health, until she was called back just a day later to be told that a blood test revealed she had a type of cancer, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, the only known treatment for which was a bone marrow transplant; without treatment, she had roughly five years to live. After the initial shock wore off, and with the support of her family and friends, her own inner strength, and a recently approved experimental drug, Zammett immediately began the journey that would lead to her recovery. She began to document her experiences to provide an outlet for the thoughts that came rushing to confront the brave new world she had entered, and the result, My So-Called Normal Life, is a memoir of unparalleled candor and poignancy, encompassing much more than leukemia and the battle to overcome it. Above all, it's the story of a twenty-something living her dream life amid the unlimited excitement and adventure of Manhattan and confronting the challenges of life and her new job - battling cancer - with unbounded courage and optimism.See all Editorial Reviews
I'm 26 and was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and wanted to read other young women's accounts of their diagnosis and how they handled life going forward. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maggie
The writing was as if you were there. You get a warm feeling just seeing how some people can be so strong when going through such a difficult time.Published on August 16, 2012 by EL
I found out about the author watching the Kris Carr documentary "crazy, sexy cancer." Unlike the author, Erin Zammett, I did not have myelogenous leukemia, but I had breast cancer. Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by Melle P.
I guess I'm the only one who wasn't totally insired by her story. I did not follow her stories in Glamour, but I am a young woman who was diagnosed with cancer in her 20s. Read morePublished on July 4, 2006 by RubyTue
It was written with warmth and honesty...
I would highly recommend it for people who were diagnosed with leukemia or for the ones who weren't but still don't know how... Read more
I was laughing & crying hysterical at the same time. I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. A fabulous easy read. Erin has a great outlook and is a very funny writer. Read morePublished on August 26, 2005 by Sherry Cesare