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Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery Paperback – October 1, 2010
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In her book, Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, Melinda Marchiano offers an honest and inspiring portrayal of her cancer experience through the eyes of a teenager and proves there is medicinal value in love and laughter. Melinda and I share a common bond. We are survivors. And we believe in the importance of empowering fellow survivors to live life on their own terms. By sharing her story, Melinda is giving a voice to this global epidemic that needs immediate attention. I am grateful to Melinda for having the courage to speak up and for her generosity in helping others fighting cancer.
What Melinda has learned in 15 years is far more than most people learn in a lifetime. Her attitude, faith, insights and humor are a true inspiration.
I have often said God gives children with cancer something extra. They are remarkable and inspiring people to be around. Melinda tells her story with such honesty and openness that you can't help but be touched and encouraged. This is sure to be a blessing to all that read it!
What an extraordinary young woman Melinda is! Her story, though heartbreaking, pulsates with joy and faith and hope. God Bless her!
-Kathie Lee Gifford
Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery is a vivid and engaging description of a brave and articulate youth's encounter with cancer.
-Dr. Lee Hartwell, President & Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & 2001 Nobel Laureate
Many people have written about their individual battles with cancer, some very beautifully. Melinda Marchiano tells the story of her cancer in a particularly engaging manner. Her message -- that you are not alone and that you can prevail -- will lift the spirits of many, particularly younger patients like her.
-Dr. Edward J. Benz, President, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics & Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
There is great comfort in knowing that another young person has faced cancer and has overcome its many challenges. Melinda's personal story lights that difficult path and offers encouragement and hope to the patient, siblings, and parents.
-Moody D. Wharam, Jr., MD, FACR, FASTRO; Professor of Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins
Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey through Cancer and Recovery is a rare book- brave, inspiring, and empowering. Buy this book for a person with cancer, but read it first yourself. This uplifting story from 15 year-old Melinda will make your heart soar.
-Regina Ellis, Chief Executive Officer & Founder the Children's Cancer Association
Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey through Cancer and Recovery is required reading for anyone touched by cancer- parents, children, friends and caregivers. It tells the story of a courageous girl through the perspective that is rarely heard -- hers!
---Dr. Thomas J. Lynch, Director, Yale Cancer Center; Physician-in-Chief, Smilow Cancer Hospital
From the Back Cover
Childhood cancer survivor Melinda Marchiano eloquently and humorously describes her journey through illness and recovery. Her story starts as she begins to feel ill, and we follow each step of her physical downfall as she struggles to continue to dance ballet, her greatest passion. At 14 years old, Melinda shares not only the events of her illness, but her thoughts, deep feelings and growing spirituality through operations, chemotherapy, radiation, drug reactions, an eating disorder and more. Your heart will be filled with the same grace Melinda cherished through her illness and your life will never be the same.
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Melinda's book is a must-read for any family dealing with the nightmare of a child with cancer. By reading Melinda's words, I believe that families and patients can learn so much right along with her. It can prepare families for a lot of what to expect. It can show how hard it is, that we're not alone for feeling this way or that way, or for falling down at times when it gets hard. This is why Melinda's sincerity touches so deeply. She shows us a portrait of someone who is flawed, who falls, but then picks themselves back up.
I believe this book would be an invaluable tool to anyone who is struggling, not just with cancer but with any of life's problems, or even for anyone who wants to simply understand a piece of our world better, and how to help it.
I ended up receiving a signed copy of the book and gave the one I purchased on Amazon to my mom who is currently in the process of reading (and enjoying) it.
Anyone who wants to read an honest take on the battle with a deadly disease will truly enjoy reading Melinda's journey.
In Grace: a memoir, then thirteen-year-old Melinda Marchiano tells her story. First she was sick and weak. So she went to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was wrong. And after several appointments, she received the diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Melinda takes the reader through her entire journey. Her surgeries, chemo, transfusions, loss of hair, her high moments, and her darkest hours. Through it all, she fought to hold tight to God, her family, and ballet.
The subtitle of this novel is: "A child's intimate journey through cancer and recovery." That's exactly what it was. I felt like I knew Melinda by the time I closed the book. Her story of courage and faith is honest and inspiring. The book is filled with pictures, showing us the fun moments Melinda had while trying to live each day to its fullest. The pictures of her doing ballet are stunning. She amazes me. I'm wiser to have shared this journey with her by reading her story. We could all learn a lot about life from Melinda. We all have a story. I'm so thankful that Melinda shared hers with us all. I highly recommend you check this book out.