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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CyPress Publications (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935083155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935083153
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,253,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann on June 14, 2010
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Illness memoirs serve an important purpose for anyone with an scary diagnosis. It's as if you have a new friend who knows exactly what you're going through. Unfortunately they are mostly written by women, as few men are willing to open up about their own frailties. Iain Baird is a stellar exception. Two Storms is an honest, clear and often funny account of going through treatment for this all-too-common illness. Baird is an excellent writer, and he puts this talent in the service of being helpful to others.
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As a woman, I am glad I read this book. In fact, I wish I had read it years ago when my father-in-law had prostate issues so I would have understood more of what he was coping with. Iain Baird has done a service to others by sharing intimate details of a serious illness faced by so many men. Unlike breast cancer, prostate cancer has not developed a gripping public awareness campaign. Americans are so squeamish about private parts of our bodies. Our reticence can make facing certain illnesses a lonelier prospect than it needs to be. Baird offers up all the gruesome details with a dark sense of humor that creates a strong human voice in the book. You can't help but root for him on his journey from diagnosis to surgery to post-treatment testing. As a fellow writer, I also appreciated the literary quality of Baird's writing and the comparison he makes of his own journey to recovery with that of New Orleans after Katrina.

I would highly recommend this book to any family confronting cancer or serious illness. Anyone can relate to the author's trepidation as he navigates the medical world in a fight for his life. Baird bravely shared his journey so that others might not have to walk the same path alone.
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By RogerM on July 22, 2010
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This is a breezy, mostly upbeat, and engaging account of one man's response to a prostate cancer diagnosis while living in the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans. The parallels between the two events are obvious,and the author
intertwines them nicely without overdoing it. The result is a thoughtful mini-memoir by an apparently well-grounded writer. He unabashedly examines the macho issues, but also displays an admirable "feminine side." While touching on the technical pros and cons of the various treatment options, the emphasis is on the emotional effects of a disease that strikes at manliness. His account of pre- and post-op hospital procedures is detailed enough to be instructive to anyone anticipating similar treatment. Among other messages that emerge - - it's important to have good health insurance and supportive friends and family when confronting such a serious health crisis. With its pre-Obamacare New Orleans setting, the book reminds us of what men who don't have those benefits must go through. I highly recommend it to anyone facing major surgery or just interested in the psychology of human health and disease.
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By Betsy Murphy on July 13, 2010
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This book would be a big help to both men who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and their spouse or partner. It vividly portrays how disorienting it is to be perfectly healthy and then handed a potentially devastating diagnosis. Men with prostate cancer will benefit from the easily understood research information provided. Iain Baird shows how denial, bargaining, anger and most of all, humor, are the best survival tools.
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