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Keep Climbing: How I Beat Cancer and Reached the Top of the World Hardcover – February 20, 2007
When he was a teenager, Swarner was diagnosed with two kinds of cancer. The prognosis was bad (measured in months), but after spending years in and out of hospitals, he beat the cancers into submission. In May 2002, he celebrated his survival by reaching the summit of Mount Everest, part of his goal to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. In his life, as in the book, mountain climbing is a metaphor for his struggle to overcome overwhelming odds. The book is full of the expected inspirational messages (keep climbing no matter what), but it's Swarner's account of his teenage years as a cancer patient, which takes up the first half of the book, that sets his story apart from most of the other climbing-as-spiritual-therapy memoirs out there. David Pitt
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"The thing about cancer is that it forces you to focus on what is important and pushes you to the limits of your determination. As more people survive -- and even thrive -- beyond a cancer diagnosis, the disease is losing its status as an automatic death sentence. In being the first cancer survivor to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sean Swarner not only realized his dream but also gave hope to millions of people affected by cancer. He has proved, once again, that there is life beyond a cancer diagnosis and that there is always reason to believe." -- Lance Armstrong
"Sean Swarner's riveting book about surviving cancer and eventually climbing Mount Everest is a validation of life. I found myself wincing at all the agonizing cancer tests and chemo treatments, empathizing with his teenage worries and struggles, and cheering each time he emerged from ashes to triumph again. Sean's story is one of alchemy. Miraculously, he found a way to turn lead into gold. His story should give a profound sense of hope to all the would-be alchemists who yearn not only to survive their struggles but to turn them into the fuel to climb the highest mountains." -- Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest and author of Touch the Top of the World
"I felt very humble in reading Sean's account -- I reached the top of Everest with a long mountaineering background and without a day's serious illness in my life. He climbed so many 'Everests' in his life and achieved them against all the odds by sheer guts, determination and an indomitable sense of humor. This is a great and inspiring read on so many different levels." -- Sir Christopher Bonington, famed British mountaineer
"Sean's story proves that miracles happen every day -- some of them just happen at higher elevations than others. His story of triumph over adversity is an inspiration to us all!" -- Dr. Ben Lerner, author of One Minute Wellness --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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