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A very accessible, easy and intriguing read Apr 6, 2007
The last thing anyone needs is a dry, textbook account of what it's like to face the big "C". People who have recently been diagnosed (or are undergoing treatment) are hungry for answers and hope, commodoties that are all too often elusive in today's cyber-saturated culture. Fortunatly, Jim Chastain decided to write a book.
Much like the 1966 movie "The Fantastic Voyage" - in which a submarine is shrunk and injected into another human body - Chastain's poignant and unflinchingly honest account of his battle with cancer takes the reader inside his world with astounding grace and ease. Each chapter is a story in itself, offering just the right mixture of confession, contemplation, and hilarity. In it you'll hear of the gut-wrenching decisions he faced, the fear that often dogged him, and evidence of a hell of a lot of courage. But perhaps the greatest beauty of this delightful little book is the over-arching canopy of humor that enfolds it. My coworker - who is also a two-time cancer survivor - laughed until he literally cried while reading a section I put in front of him.
Who was it who said that if we don't laugh, we'll cry? Chastain does some of both in this must-read book for anyone who cares about the plague of cancer in our society. Fortunately I've never had the disease, but found this book immensely helpful in understanding the plight of those who do. And as crazy as this may sound, I thoroughly enjoyed reading a book that essentially offers a front row seat to the hardest thing this man has ever faced. Guess that's some of what grace and redemption are all about.
I Survived Cancer but Never Won the Tour de France Feb 15, 2007
A MUST READ for anyone who's either experiencing cancer themselves or has a loved one who is. This book is enlightening to a patient, a care giver, family member, or friend.
I gave a copy to a dear friend who is currently undergoing treatment for lung cancer. I am absolutely sure this book will bring a chuckle, or two, or three, or four, etc.
It was THIS BOOK that EMPOWERED me to visit her and her husband (besides, I had a copy of this book to deliver!). We went ... to deliver the book (well, and maybe give a little moral support.) Subsequently, I have ordered another copy for my library. This book is filled with hope, humor, and inspiration.
I've also forwarded my recommendation as a "must read" to our Employee Assistant Professional at work.
A truly talented writer who deserves a standing ovation! May his humor help you and yours through difficult times.
A must read Dec 1, 2006
Jim Chastain's humor doesn't stop at the title of the readable, unsentimental, and personal account of what must have been a harrowing experience. I read it almost all in one sitting, and it held my attention throughout. Chastain isn't afraid to say he cried, or that certain body functions reacted to cancer treatment in absurd and hilarious ways. The book captures both the humor and the pathos of his experience, but most of all, it serves as a reminder that talking about cancer or any other life-threatening disease should not be taboo, and that the person does not become the disease.
Highly recommended reading Nov 6, 2006
"I Survived Cancer but Never Won the Tour de France" is author Jim Chastain's personal, funny, poignant, and enlightening; memoir offering a unique, entertaining and informative memoir of living with cancer and dealing with all of its seeming contradictions. Completely candid, illustrative stories of the emotional battles that every cancer patient and their loved ones must go through (including, in Jim's case, multiple cancer surgeries that included the amputation of an arm), "I Survived Cancer but Never Won the Tour de France" is ultimately encouraging in its story of a young man seeking to hold on to his dreams, his marriage, fatherhood, and personal spirituality throughout the life-altering ordeal that inevitable is a part of any cancer diagnosis. Highly recommended reading - especially for patients and their families who are having to copy with the diagnoses and treatment of cancer.