Verdict: This riveting memoir is not just the story of cancer; it’s also the story of falling in love, finding strength, and mustering the courage to listen to your inner voice.
At 26, author Michelle Whitlock was living a “normal” life; she had a job in retail, great friends, and a loving family. Then, with the discovery that she had invasive cervical cancer, everything changed.
This riveting memoir is not just the story of cancer; it’s also the story of falling in love, finding strength, and mustering the courage to listen to your inner voice. When doctors tell Michelle that she should have a complete hysterectomy she does her research, finding a physician who will perform an alternative, experimental procedure that will preserve her fertility. Later, when her cancer returns, the author makes the decision to delay surgery so she can harvest eggs for possible future use.
With her hunky and compassionate new husband at her side (her diagnosis doesn’t stop wedding bells from ringing!), Michelle weathers the storms of cancer, decision-making, and the often-frustrating health care system. But don’t be fooled; this is not a depressing downer of a read. The pages will fly by as you follow Michelle on her journey, and you’ll be amazed and inspired by her spunk, fortitude, humor, and uncanny storehouse of wisdom.
This is a memoir not just for cancer patients and survivors, but also for anyone who has ever had to make a tough decision. Now a passionate advocate for women’s cervical health and fertility options, Michelle continues to make her voice heard.
Reviewed by Kathryn Livingston for IndieReader