- File Size: 1335 KB
- Print Length: 80 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Woodley Books; 1 edition (October 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OJ3204S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,284,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Secrets of the Cancer-Slaying Super Man Kindle Edition
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Secrets of the Cancer-Slaying Super Man is a condensed version of TWICE intended for kids with newly diagnosed cancers, to inspire and give hope to them and their families. The author doesn't sugarcoat his battle, although I noticed that the more gruesome details are omitted from this book. He does make it clear how much the support of his family and friends meant to him. Benjamin imagined that he was a super-powered hero who had a unique ability to withstand the toxic chemicals and radiation used in his cancer therapy as well as the cancer itself. He never saw himself as a cancer victim. And that's the winning attitude he hopes to convey to other young people who are diagnosed with cancer.
My hat is off to the author for sharing his experience and demonstrating how tough and resilient a human being can be under the most unimaginable circumstances.
I read the book for free with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
I really felt that the book would be especially helpful to young boys.The author is quite up front when talking about bodily functions and I feel young boys will appreciate the "4 P's" - peeing, pooping, puking and of course penises - maybe more so than young girls. That written, I think young girls should read it, too. Cancer is an ugly disease and this book doesn't sugarcoat that fact. Girls need to know what's happening with their bodies just as much as boys.
The author is very candid about his journey and I appreciated the candor, being a two time cancer survivor myself. The super man persona is what he used to get through two terrible times in his life - the power of thinking positive.
The book is very descriptive and tells a lot of what happens during the cancer journey - chemotherapy, radiation, blood transfusions and much more. I think most young people would appreciate the honesty in this book.
NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Though I was already familiar with his story after having read his previous book, I still found this one utterly gripping. This book is a more streamlined version of his previous book, one that makes for a short read more geared toward teens, but that by no means lessens his story's impact. I read it in one sitting, completely engrossed once more in Rubenstein's tale of survival.
What I like best about both of his books is that he's very unflinching when he writes about his battles with his cancers. I think sometimes cancer fiction ventures into the realm of the maudlin, with weepy tales of the characters' heroic suffering. By no means do I want to minimize what people battling cancer go through. Unfortunately, I've watched multiple family members battle forms of cancer, and chronic diseases are more familiar to me and my family than they are to most people. Yes, it takes a lot of strength and courage to battle a chronic disease, but fictional depictions often gloss over the gritty details of what that battle involves. Rubenstein writes in plain, unadorned terms about what his treatment involved, something I think is key for those with no experience with chronic illness to understand. Battling a chronic illness is a very personal experience, even as it affects friends and family members, and Rubenstein's memoir brings home how personal that battle is.
Chronic illnesses can take over a person's life and come to define them, and I think that's why Rubenstein is so explicit about his refusal to become what he calls a "Sick Kid". The sympathy is well meaning, but to have your whole life reduced to your illness can be a frustrating experience. I understood where Rubenstein was coming from in his absolute refusal to see himself that way. Everyone experiences the fight against a disease like cancer differently, and it's telling that Rubenstein refused to see himself as a victim. Instead, he was determined to be the conqueror, to show his cancer once and for all who was in charge.
Along with that is Rubenstein's decision not to stay in touch with any of the other cancer victims hospitalized at the same time as him. His fond recollections prove that he wasn't indifferent to them, but that maintaining a distance from the "Sick Kid" identity was an important aspect of his survival strategy. That he deeply cared about them and admired their will is obvious to me. Rubenstein's approach might not work for others in his position, but it worked for him. His ability to clearly reflect on his thoughts and feelings and to lay them out in such a way that they're easy to understand goes a very long way toward making this book such a compulsive read. His story is no less compelling the second time around.
Rubenstein also details how frustrating he sometimes found it when his well-meaning parents and caregivers took on tasks he would rather have handled himself. One of the worst aspects of chronic illnesses is how they can rob people of their autonomy, and I'm certain many teens who have cancer would identify with those feelings.
This is an excellent, compact tale, one I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an honest book about cancer.
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