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It's Always Something Paperback – May 30, 2000
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From Library Journal
Completed before Radner's death last month, this is her personal account of her struggle with ovarian cancer and her inspiring attempt to keep an upbeat attitude during her illnes. Her discussion of a Santa Monica patient support group called the Wellness Community is the best part of the book and may be of interest to cancer patients and their families. However, readers expecting the show business history that the promotional material to this book promises will be disappointed; Radner's work with Saturday Night Live, her creation of such memorable characters like Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna, and her film work with husband Gene Wilder get scant attention here. Radner certainly deserves a biography that would record those achievements. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.
- Judy Quinn, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Death Be Not Proud: The Book Remains A Victorious Volume." -- --Detroit Free Press
"Extraordinarily Candid...A Testament To Her Courage And Comedic Spirit." -- --Chicago Tribune
"Touching and Witty." -- --USA Today
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She was misdiagnosed for a long time before finally getting the awful diagnoses of ovarian cancer. While the book talks about this, it is her humor and honesty that shines through! She tried everything that was available at the time , proven and non-proven, to overcome her disease, but in the end the disease proved stronger than her will to live.
The interaction with her husband, Gene Wilder, and their love for each other shines through on every page. He stood by her and cheered her on at every turn. In the end, her lasting contribution to women all over is the awareness of the symptoms of this disease and Gilda's Clubs Worldwide.
It tells her life story with many photos, including her early comedy days, her courtship and
marriage to Gene Wilder, their travels and life together. But there is a very serious side to this
book: that is her delayed diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Since I was treated for the same disease, it
particularly interested me...and I highly recommend Gilda's written journey with ovarian cancer; a disease often not found
until it is very advanced and difficult to treat. Women everywhere should applaud Gilda's strength and bravery
as she went through treatments in the 1980's for ovarian cancer, and although she did not survive it,
her story is one that is helpful to all of us. Her husband Gene Wilder stayed by her side and along with her
friends and little doggie provided her with much love and compassion. Gilda & Gene used comedy and their sense
of humor to cope with cancer and I really applaud them for that.
It's Always Something is recommended for everyone. I thank Gilda (and Gene) for telling her story which touched
me very greatly.
I read this book after a reference in Ambiguous Loss. My favorite quote about life with cancer, "The goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity. No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days that you have had, you will have lived." 173 Later she writes, "Like my life, this book has ambiguity. Like my life, this book is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next." 237 Radner cared for many other cancer patients but warns, "It is important to realize that you have to take care of yourself because you can't take care of anyone else until you do." 236