- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: Christine F.\Anderson#Publishing & Media; First Edition edition (September 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692299491
- ISBN-13: 978-0692299494
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,180,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chemo on the Rocks: My Great Alaskan Misadventure Paperback – September 25, 2014
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About the Author
Rebecca Durkin, author of Chemo on the Rocks: My Great Alaskan Misadventure, and her short story, Behind the Smile, is known for her candor and sense of humor. Rebecca is a featured speaker/creative trainer for an annual women’s retreat in California, where she shares her experiences and provides writing ideas. She is also a volunteer for the Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives ® program for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. The program brings ovarian cancer survivors into the classroom where they present their unique stories along with facts about the disease to future physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and physicians assistants. Rebecca spent the majority of her life living on the edge of the shore, first on Whidbey Island, Washington and then in rainy Ketchikan, Alaska where she lived a waterlogged existence for almost thirty years. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys road trips with her husband, hanging with her adult children, playing with her three Bichons, and finding the humor in everyday life.
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So imagine my surprise when reading her book to find out about all she has endured. She talks about her insecurities, her adventures, her relationships, and her battles with a disease I cannot even imagine. I would think such experiences would have a lasting visible effect, but there was Becky just like always. Throughout the book her humor and strength show through, even when taking her biggest hits. Bouts with ovarian cancer play a big role in shaping Becky's path through life, but certainly do not rule it. She clearly wants more than to be just a cancer victim and the book stays true to that theme, putting the disease in perspective in her life as a whole without minimizing it or wallowing in it. Becky comes off as a complete person in the book, just as she does in real life! This is a story of staying yourself no matter what life throws at you. I'm so glad she has remained herself, and wrote her book to show it can be done.
During one of those phone calls, Becky mentioned having survived cancer and explained a little about it and that she had written an article/chapter for a book. Later she told me she had written a book, which I told her I wanted to read as soon as it was printed. Becky notified me when the book was available and I ordered it. Chemo on the Rocks details Becky's life experiences, her ups and downs, through moves, marriage, divorce, bouts of cancer, treatments, depression, single parenthood, and remarriage. This book is written as delightfully as Becky talks, it is as if she is talking directly to you through the words on the pages.
You won't want to put this book down, it is an easy read and entertaining description of the struggles of cancer and survival, in spite of the odds; all the while keeping a cheerful outlook and positive attitude.