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Cell War Notebooks: My Journey with Cervical Cancer Paperback – March 17, 2011
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Each post is given its own chapter, separating the book into short and easy to read segments. The book itself is short and can be read in a single sitting. The chapters are loosely centered around themes, but mostly chronicle Julie's thoughts on any given day. Her writing style is casual and inviting, and the reader is drawn into the personal reflections of a young woman conscripted to fight a battle no one would ever choose for themselves, but which far too many must face nonetheless.
She begins optimistically, determined to defeat this invader in her body and resume her life. She is surrounded by the support of family and friends, and her love for her husband and five-year-old daughter are recurring themes throughout the book. But as treatment after treatment fails to deliver on the promise of good health, her optimism begins to turn to desperation. In one poignant reflection she writes about making dandelion crowns with her daughter and discussing the declining health of their elderly neighbor, all the while thinking about her own declining health. "I need to be here. I refuse to let Luka go through school and breast buds and mean girls and sweaty boys and makeup and deodorant and pimples and SATs and learner's permits and embarrassing fashion trends and impossible decisions without me. I don't think I want to live to be 100 either. I will settle for 75. Or even 70. But I need to be here.Read more ›
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I read Julie's blog while receiving treatment for recurrent cervical cancer. I did not know her personally, but I have great love and admiration for her, and I think of her often.Published 2 months ago by dp
This book is written by my sister-in-law and is so poignant end eloquent and heartfelt. I cry every time I relive it.Published on April 12, 2013 by Kristen DeMay
HPV is one of those things that flies under the radar but shouldn't. This was a great read. I highly recommend it to young folks.Published on January 25, 2012 by Critical Reviewer
Truely heart warming to read about this wonderful young woman's courageous attempt to research treatments for her cervical cancer with the help and encouragement of her family as... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by jlmecm
This Journal is such a great read I couldn't wait to get it I bought 2 so we could pass it through my family and friends quicker! Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by M.S.
This story is real, and true and beautiful. We should all put ourselves in this place and learn from it, in whatever way we can. Happy reading.Published on May 8, 2011 by carle