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Stumbling Toward Heaven: Mike Hamel on Cancer, Crashes and Questions Paperback – March 24, 2011
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"My life's work involves shepherding heroic men and women through their cancer journeys. Every once in a while I find myself transformed by those I work with. Mike Hamel has been such a figure. He offers us remarkable insights into the human condition and the capacity of the human spirit to triumph in the face of incredible adversity."
--Dr. Dax Kurbegov, Oncologist
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"Mike Hamel has written a deeply personal and courageous book, a raw and honest journal of his struggles. It's an invitation to experience the power of belief and the resilience of the human spirit."
--Lee Cantelon, author of The Words
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When I read about Mike Hamel and his cancer journey, I felt strongly this was a book not only that I WANTED to read, but that I NEEDED to read. Mike's journey is very honest, he shares his struggles, both physically and emotionally too. For me, walking through cancer with my Dad I recognized some things very similar in Mike's story. While they may not be exact, I loved the way my Daddy sought to gain wisdom and understanding for the place he was in at that very moment. I feel this is very true about Mike. Mike teaches along the way and has such an open heart and shares straight from his heart. Seeing the gift in the situations, yet wrestling with them too.
Stumbling Towards Heaven is one I am very thankful to have read. It has helped me work through some of my grief of losing my Daddy. Thank you MIke, for sharing your journey with us. For being so honest, and for making me laugh too! You are an amazing man Mr. Hamel!
--Bill Dahl, Author, Creator of The Porpoise Diving Life (.com)
I also like the technical details it provides about cancer and how medical professionals fight it. It can be overwhelming to face all that on your own. Reading how another person dealt with it is helpful. It shrinks the treatment process down to size a bit and makes it feel more "normal" in scope.
I recommend this book to others.
I love this guy. Mike is a wonderful writer. His fantasy books for tween boys are adventurous and exciting.
This new non-fiction book about his on-going battle with his cells which behave badly is heartfelt and true. He doesn't spare the reader, he doesn't lie, he doesn't paint a rosy picture. What he does do is tell it like it is. He chronicled his story as it happened. He wrote his feelings, doubts, and hopes. At the same time, he makes you laugh. His humor in a humorless situation is like a spring breeze...so refreshing. If you know anyone with cancer, I recommend that you read this and get them a copy as well.
The information about the medical side of his experience is very helpful. I appreciated the thoroughness of his research and his willingness to share it.