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The Cancer Olympics

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ISBN-13: 978-1460229149
ISBN-10: 1460229142
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"A page-turner...genuinely inspiring and uplifting...a David vs Goliath story...part drama, part mystery, part comedy, part suspense, and part research.  A brilliant read and an exceptional well-written story." - The Chronicle Herald

"Hard to put down because nearly every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger.  The Cancer Olympics wins the gold medal for being a gutsy, no-holds-barred account of a woman's fight against three formidable enemies: late-stage colorectal cancer, the medical establishment, and archaic government policies." - Kirkus IndieReader

"Through her flawless prose and deft narration, readers will find her memoir exceptional and well-written. As harsh as her struggle was, this is not a depressing memoir, but one that gives hope and advocates a patient's rights and well-being. This is a must-read for everyone." - Readers' Favorite

"If this were a fictional story, the "plot" might be seen as over the top.  But it is a true story, and that's what makes it more powerful, emotional, and inspirational.  Heart-warming." - Steve Fujita, author of Toe Up to 10K

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award (2016) for Best Inspriation.
National Indie Excellence Award Finalist (2016) for Cancer.
Silver Medal Feathered Quill Awards (2016) for Best Inspiration.
International Book Award Finalist (2015) for Health-Cancer.  
Readers' Favorite Award Finalist (2015) for Grief-Hardship. 
USA Best Book Award Finalist (2015) for Health-Cancer.
Listed in The 55 Best Self-Published Books of 2015 - Kirkus IndieReader

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: FriesenPress (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460229142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460229149
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,006,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is obvious the steps that Robin went through in the medical world to find appropriate help is heartbreaking. So many people go through such the same steps daily, when it shouldn't be needed. Robin had not just one doctor, but four doctors give up on her before she was able to find the doctor who would indeed give her the treatment and care she deserved. But did they really give up? Or did they just not care to take the steps needed for her medical care to get rolling? Or did they just not care in general? So much fall through.
Robin McGee's powerful, yet, heartbreaking journey is penned in such a way to keep the reader wanting to know what's next. The heart pours with grief and hurt but also with awe at her strength and humility.

Her daily, or almost daily, updates on Lotsahelpinghands were a treat to read, as were the numerous replies from friends and family. Even if the updates weren't the greatest to give, Robin still found a way to keep her spirit bright throughout them. Her strength never waivered. And if it did, the room of Robins helped her through.

I cannot imagine the frustration and hurt she endured, even as reading it. One hurdle at a time, she continued her fight and lived to tell of her ordeals. I am not sure I would have had that much fight left in me. Something I sure hope I do not have to find out. But in all, I am in awe of Dr. McGee. If anything, the spiritual awareness of life, while reading this book of nightmares and the overcoming of the darkest of fears, will always stay with me.

Dr. McGee sent me her book (and a personal note - thank you!) to read and leave my honest review. (In the midst of my reading, I had a medical emergency that required surgery and my paperback was left behind at the hospital.
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I came across Robin McGee's recent book: "The Cancer Olympics" somewhat by chance, but once I had opened it and started reading, I could hardly put it down. The book describes Robin's long journey from early symptoms of colorectal cancer and her harrowing time with doctors One, Two, Three and Four, all neglectful and off-hand, allowing Robin to virtually reach death's door before she finds doctors who take her seriously and help her start the long road back to health.
In spite of the debilitating treatment, Robin musters the energy to challenge the doctors who have given her the run-around by complaining to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She also finds the courage to challenge the status quo according to which the best chemo treatment is not available for patients with her type of cancer in Nova Scotia. Through her hard work and the help of her dedicated cheering squad of friends and colleagues, more than 300 patients have already received this treatment now. This change in policy, however, comes too late to benefit Robin herself.
The remarkable thing is that through her talent as a writer and her ability to step away from her present suffering and fear to see the larger picture, Robin has created a book on cancer that in itself is a real page-turner, regardless of whether the reader is interested in cancer or indeed in Robin herself. There is lots of humour and always suspense, as we fear for the life of the intrepid author. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Rannveig Yeatman
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Just twenty pages into this memoir and I was thinking that this is one of the best medical memoirs I have read. I can see why it keeps winning awards. The flow starts straight away, the book is easy to get into as it's all facts and symptoms, concise, no flowery stuff, it grips you immediately. After consulting a doctor with her initial symptoms, Robin McGee was told it was 'likely nothing significant'. How wrong could they be???? This is just a catalogue of disasters on the part of a few doctors-unbelievably, not just one, but a whole string of them! Many doctors bungling around. A wait of 18 months for an appointment-a colonoscopy? She could have been dead by then with them messing about like this! Unbelievable! One doctor seems determined to play her symptoms down-almost as if she knows there had been one huge mess-up and she would be in major trouble. She tells her it's only a haemorrhoid! I was shouting at this book in total disbelief at how this lady had been treated. Sheer neglect-so wrong. Most of the cancer stories I have read before have been written by celebrities fighting the disease-with their book being published after their death. Thankfully, after all this terrible neglect, Robin is alive and in remission. I do hope that she has many more years to enjoy life and help others who have encountered similar situations. This is a tragic story, yet there is that hope there as Robin McGee has recently celebrated living five years after her initial extremely bleak prognosis. It’s heart-breaking reading about her telling family, friends, work and her son the painful news. Very emotional.Read more ›
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