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Finding N-E-D Perfect Paperback – May 8, 2012
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One thing that is inspiring is that Michael found meaning in the tragedy. Instead of simply viewing it as a tough time he went through, he takes inspiration and courage from his wife to spread the word. Michael is on a mission to help educate people about the dangers of Melanoma, and as the father of 2 young daughters I'm taking heed to the message. It's absolutely critical not to overexpose children to the sun. I'm diligent about using sunscreen on the kids and even more so now, after reading the book.
Thank you to Michael and Amanda Brown for sharing so much of themselves. The sax man plays on, sometimes sweet, sometimes sad, but it doesn't get any more real than this...
I would give the book five stars if there were not a few instances of grammatical and spelling errors plus many cliches, making the telling of the story in multiple voices (Amanda's, Michael's, Amanda's mothers', and others') moderately less beautiful than the story itself. Ultimately, this does not matter much because by the end even critical readers like me will be so caught up in the story that they won't mind the slightly flawed writing. It will be a hard-hearted reader indeed who will not be weeping at the conclusion of Amanda's struggles.
Jane MacLean Craig, despite the book's title page, did not tell the story; she organized it and offered one of the heart-rending "Memories of Amanda" at the end of the book. She did not personally know Amanda but came to know her while reading and organizing the various components of the book written by those close to Amanda, who was beautiful in many ways, as the book and its photos clearly show.
Michael, to his great credit, continued his musical career while caring for Amanda and driving her to often distant medical appointments so they could manage to pay huge expenses for treatments and medications above the almost $500 per month costs of medical insurance. Fortunately, benefit concerts helped with the costs. Michael did all he could to ease Amanda's extreme pain and discomfort, often getting almost no sleep. Today he continues the fight against melanoma as director of the Melanoma Education Foundation of Nevada. The book supplements his efforts to prevent others from contracting melanoma and clearly presents the progression of Amanda's illness and the treatments she underwent.
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