When My World Was Very Small by Ruth Rakoff (93)

This is a memoir-type book about the journey that one lady went through when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a book like no other in that you will laugh and cry even while reading the same page. It was such a great memoir that I decided to purchase it on ABE.com.

In the whirlwind of her life with three young sons, Ruth Rakoff felt in control of her world and tight-knit community. But when a routine mammogram revealed a tumor, her world rapidly shrank down to the size of one breast.

And so began her exhausting journey of biopsy, surgery, and chemotherapy, as every cancer survivor knows very well. The journey was plagued by tidal waves of anxiety and grief:

  • How to tell the children?
  • Should she consider having a healthy breast removed, in case the cancer returns?
  • Will food ever taste good again?

Amid all the worry and changes, there is also an overwhelming gratitude for a stalwart network of family and friends who strive to help and support, to comfort and delight–even as everyone longs for the old normal of daily life to return.

Through stories, confessions and anecdotes, Ruth Rakoff shows just what is at stake when cancer shows up at the party uninvited.

There is no sugar-coating of either the physical or emotional pain of dealing with the disease or the effects of the poisons used to combat the cancer in this book. But for Rakoff, a life without laughter is not worth living. So, she finds the comical in every moment of the journey.

I loved the book and I recommend it to anyone who is diagnosed with cancer or who is helping someone with the journey.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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