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As someone who lived through the terror of having a loved one diagnosed with cancer, this book taught me something I realized on one level but had never truly articulated: we need to be our own medical advocates. We can no longer depend on doctors to have the right answers, nor can we depend on every one of them to have our best interests at heart. We must constantly investigate and learn and question and take notes and speak up for ourselves. And we must be prepared to do so over and over and over and over again.
Allow me to share one more thought: I could not put this book down: I quite literally started reading it earlier today and just finished it. Eminently readable, extraordinarily engaging, Tracy's story reads like a conversation with an old friend. Even in the midst of moments of gut-clenching fear and brutal honesty, it's filled with humor and love and laughter and - most importantly - hope.
Krulik successfully manages to share her account without ever sounding patronizing or critical of those who, by choice or by necessity, had to choose a different path of cancer treatment. She is very respectful of the fact that her own situation is unique and that while this is what's working for her, she very introspective and never once preaches her methods or chastises others for making different decisions. But what she does do, and what is perhaps the biggest and best lesson to be gleaned from her book, is that one should never allow cancer to win through fear alone. That it's okay to question doctors, because sometimes, you know your own body better than the doctors do. By taking the reader through nine years of misdiagnoses, she reminds us that doctors are not gods and sometimes, they focus so much on the obvious solutions that they enable the non-obvious diseases to lurk and grow within while they take years to figure it out.
In sum, this is not a book about cancer. It's a book about determination and will and positivity. Despite the presence of the word cancer throughout, this book will make you smile. Not just because Krulik infuses just the right amount of humor into the book, but because all of us can relate to the intensely satisfying image she creates of a physically short, yet strong, tenacious woman kicking cancer's ass. One vegetable at a time.