Persevering through the Unforeseen:One Couple's Experience Conquering Testicular Cancer Kindle Edition
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Roberta Goodman, thank you for this book.
As far as the writing, the book is a quick read. It went especially fast for me as I learned that the author would go on the occasional tangent that didn't move the story along, I skimmed through accounts of a social networking website and excessive details on planning for a family vacation. The author is able to tap into her experiences and open a door into her emotions and the struggles of her husband; though occasionally this feels a little "stiff". I recommend this book to any testicular cancer patient and his wife.
Thanks Roberta for using your experience to help others through theirs!
Update: Roberta kindly responded to my review, and when I saw that it had been commented on it reminded me that I needed to update this review. It was only after I decided to update that I realized the comment was from the author.
As I now stand on the other side of cancer I can tell you that Roberta's book is more accurate than I realized. Cancer is full of high-stake emotions followed by the repetition of everyday life and terrible boredom. She'd be lying if she didn't include the everyday experience. In the parts that I skimmed there was tremendous promise and hope. Cancer might have been consuming my every thought, but it won't consume the realities of everyday life. Everyday life does continue, it's just different. Perhaps my biggest complaint was about her family's trip to Disney World, and I should have taken more interest in that section as in it was the promise that life would resume, and it shows the changed priorities that a cancer survivor has.
Now standing on the other side of cancer (I received an all clean in November 2014 after six weeks of Chemo) I recommend her book to you more. Cancer will change your body. Another area that I have come to appreciate is that while cancer is hard on the individual, it's harder on the spouse. Once I was in chemotheraphy I was to tired to fully process the emotions that my wife had more energy to deal with. Roberta captures the experience of a spouse. It was informative for me as a patient, but I think my wife would have benefited from reading it just as much or more than I did.