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on July 17, 2016
OK - I was so sad about what Fawcett went through and read this after the TV documentary about her struggle.
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on October 12, 2009
'My Journey with Farrah: A Story of Life, Love and Friendship' is an intimate portrait of a woman battling for life. The woman happens to be seventies sex symbol and pop culture icon Farrah Fawcett but, as the book shows, she saw herself as simply another cancer patient and did what she could to inspire others fighting similar battles.

Written by Fawcett's friend of 30 years, 'My Journey' is a collection of diary entries from Alana Stewart's journal, so there is inevitable repetition as Stewart obsesses about her lacklustre love life, worries about her own health (including a brief cancer scare), and admonishes herself for not being there for her grown children every time they call on her. There are also elements of triviality as she writes of feeding her dogs, baking, watching Fox News and dealing with mail that piled up while overseas with Fawcett pursuing cancer treatments in Germany - but these everyday concerns bring a certain realism and 'everyman' component to the book.

Although there are a number of rare personal photos from happier times, they contrast starkly with the text, which becomes progressively darker. The book's mood changes with the turn of a page as the diary entries often leap several months at a time. In some phases, long, detailed, daily entries are provided - usually when Fawcett's prognosis worsens. As the book progresses, Fawcett's ultimate outlook gets bleaker, but Farrah fights on with Stewart by her side - even when Alana feels pulled in other directions. Farrah's on-off partner of 30 years, Ryan O'Neal appears periodically throughout the book, usually as light relief - being the one who could still bring a smile to Farrah's face, even in her darkest moments. But it is Stewart who is the constant rock during her battle.

It is sobering to realise, as one reads the final entries in this first-hand account of Farrah Fawcett's struggle with life and death, that it happened to a legendary icon less than four months ago. Consider the tomes written about Elvis, Marilyn and other big names decades after their deaths - there is no way this insider detail would have been available publicly so quickly in the past. Is this a good thing - who knows? But it does indeed bring a very personal account of a public figure to the masses when their interest is piqued.

Fawcett's determination to keep on fighting and not give in to cancer is the stand-out message of 'My Journey'. Her Catholic faith helped her retain hope as those around her wavered. Although Farrah's battle for life was lost, she'll win new respect from anyone who reads this book - reminding us all what a precious gift life is.
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on February 3, 2016
This is a very intense and moving book written by Alana Stewart of her long journey with her best friend, Farrah Fawcett, who battled cancer for more than two years. Very emotionally heavy at times, but well worth the read. Beautifully and candidly written about these two women who shared such a bond and friendship for one another.
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on December 9, 2012
It was very interesting to follow Farrah's progress and all the hope that was generated by her friends and family. BUT, I found it a lot about Alana's struggle with her own issues and Farrah's took secondary importance. I am a cancer survivor so I understand chasing hope wherever you can find it, but this book, to me, made it sound like a wild goose chase. What I did come away with was that Farrah was no "dumb blonde" like the media has presented her over the years. She was a very loving, strong woman who wanted to live in spite of her disease.
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on October 26, 2016
It was a great story about friendship, love and relationships. However, it was a very sad story about Farrah, but she was a fighter. I, too was diagnosed with rectal cancer this year and wanted to read about Farrah's and Alana's journey.
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on November 8, 2016
This book was a million times what I expected. I can honestly say this has changed my life . thank you Alana and Farrah.
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on January 7, 2010
My daughter bought me this book for Christmas because she knows how much I love and admire Farrah, I wish she hadn't wasted her money. The book started out as a loving tribute to Farrah but soon turned into a self tribute to Alana's "love" life. Reading about Alana's "hot sex" and "it's a wonder I can even walk" references is vile and disgusting! If Alana thought she was trying to make her ex's jealous by writing such garbage I believe it backfired on her. Instead she sounded old and desperate. Save your money and instead donate to Farrah's Cancer Foundation.
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on October 5, 2012
It gave information that helped me to really know what Farrah went through. I wish it wasn't so, but it truly showed how strong and what a fighter she was. Yes, Alana does reveal some of her personal life, which someone complained about. I did not see it that way. I don't know how you could write a story without revealing who you are and what you went through while observing and helping a friend.

I am glad I read the book.
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on July 20, 2017
Beautifully written ... lots of love in this friendship .... Good read !!
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on November 5, 2015
True soul sister to her best friend. All these nasty reviews by people who probably never would put themselves in a position to care for a friend the way Alana did. This is her story as much as Farrah's give the lady a break.
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