Monday, May 5, 2014

Chemo Therapist Book Review

I have a new and unusual book to share with you called Chemo Therapist, How Cancer Cured a Marriage written by Mary Potter Kenyon.
When Mary Potter Kenyon's husband David was diagnosed with cancer she searched libraries and bookstores for books on cancer and the caregiving experience. What she discovered was a plethora of technical and medically-oriented books or those written by a caregiver whose loved one had died, a scenario she refused to contemplate. While serving as David's companion during Wednesday chemotherapy treatments, Mary began journaling about their experience as a couple and parents of young children as they navigated the labyrinth of cancer.  
It soon dawned on her that she was writing the very book she had searched for upon David's diagnosis: one that goes beyond the cancer experience to give hope and inspiration to the reader.  Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage is much more than a memoir of caregiving through cancer. It is a moving testimonial of a love renewed by the shared experience of a life threatening illness.
Here is a quote from Mary:
"Initially, after David's diagnosis, I would cringe when I read books or articles by cancer survivors who stated that cancer had been a gift in their lives. How could all that David endured be viewed as a gift? The invasive surgery, the weeks of chemotherapy and radiation: a gift? 
       Yet, after the cancer, David would often reach for my hand and say, "If it is cancer that is responsible for our new relationship, then it was all worth it." And I'd reluctantly agree that cancer had been a gift in our lives." 
Ah, this is truly a sad story but also a very surprisingly uplifting story about two ordinary people just like me and you. They got married, had children and those children took so much time, that Mary put her husband in second place. They had so many, I am amazed she even had time for that! I would have been horribly exhausted and probably very annoyed if someone else wanted more time from me.

But, when David got the tongue cancer and she began to sit beside his bed, she remembered the man that she fell in love with and married. She cherished those sweet memories and that is what got her through his cancer.

I will not tell you the rest of the story because it's an amazing story and it does not end there. They have a more profound journey that you need to experience for yourselves. Be warned, you won't want to put it down until you have read the entire book!

Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Psychology. She has been widely published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including several Chicken Soup books. An essay of hers was featured in the January/February 2013 issue of "Poets & Writers" magazine. Mary writes a weekly couponing column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald newspaper and does couponing workshops for local libraries, community colleges and women's groups.
She also conducts writing workshops and does public speaking on the subjects of writing, utilizing your talents in your everyday life, and a personal journey of faith through loss. Mary is the Director of the Winthrop Public Library.
She lives in Manchester, Iowa with three of her eight children.
The author would love to give 2 readers a signed copy of her book. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!


Gala said...

Yes, I like read personal stories, often they are even better than imaginative ones

Carolyn Brooks said...

Love to read Mary Kenyon's writing. She is an inspirational, heartfelt writer.