It is estimated that only 150 diagnoses of Ewing's sarcoma are made annually and only two-thirds of these patients survive more than five years. Rubenstein was diagnosed with Ewing's at 16, but was determined not to be a 'Sick Kid' for 'I would never be able to discard the Sick Kid label.' Writing with wit and humor, he chronicles his fight with his terrifying disease. Rubenstein's belief in the superhuman ability to fight his cancer gave him the courage to face chemotherapy and its devastating side effects, bone biopsies, a second cancer (leukemia), a stem-cell transplant, more chemotherapy, infections, hemorrhagic cystitis, weight loss, and osteoporosis. In spite of invasive diagnostic tests, treatment set-backs, and demanding physical therapy, he never fears he will lose his battle. The strong support of his family is documented with love and occasional frustration at what he sees as over-protectiveness. A University of Virginia economics degree is testament to his survival and entry into young adulthood. An inspiring and fascinating personal account of a long and often painful journey that would appeal to other patients and their families. --Library Journal
Bejamin Rubenstein is a gifted story-teller and the story he tells in TWICE is riveting. This is a stunning page-turner of a memoir, devoid of the mawkishness that often mars the genre. TWICE is brutally honest, sometimes rib-achingly funny and all the more profound for the author's brave exploration of himself. --Jonathan Kellerman, Professor of Psychology, USC; New York Times Bestselling Author
About the Author
A 26-year-old cancer survivor who eschews heroism in everyday life, Benjamin Rubenstein evolved into an ad hoq and Super Man able to wipe out the Cancer Menace while he was still a teenager. Never stinting on his descriptions of the horrors of both the disease and the cure, he maintains his sardonic sense of humor throughout his ordeal. TWICE came out of his blog "I've Still Got Both My Nuts." A graduate of the University of Virginia, he lives and works near Washington DC.