This is one of the most memorable memoirs I ever read! It is a book that will make you laugh and cry. But in the end, it will empower you.
This book is a frank exploration of being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37. Her short essays are brilliant and inspiring. The graphic nature of the book also brings the message of the book even more forcefully to the reader’s attention.
In the book, Teva confronts the crisis of identity that cancer brings with heartbreaking honest. I couldn’t help but weep as she was explaining her account of her life from the diagnosis through chemo and radiation and beyond.
Being diagnosed at such an early age, Teva had to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder.
She also examines these quiet moments of utter helplessness and loving with her husband, family and friends. She had to adjust to her new normal, which tended to fluctuate quite a bit.
I found this book to be redemptive and uplifting. It reminds each one of us to enjoy life to the fullest because it is so beautiful and it is a gift that cannot be taken for granted.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth