Round the Twist: Facing the Abdominable
Memoir of a Young Colon Cancer Survivor
by Lisa Febre
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Pub Date 07 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 29 Sep 2023
In 2021, as the covid pandemic stretched into its second year, a different kind of disease was brewing inside of Lisa, a 47-year-old vegan and yoga practitioner. Without any of the classic risk factors or symptoms, she was desperate to rationalize away the obvious tumors on her scans, wanting to believe anything except cancer was possible.
The long and difficult journey to diagnosis was fraught with pitfalls and wrong turns, ambivalent doctors and insensitive nurses. Through the efforts of a strong advocate, she was finally placed in the care of some of the best doctors Los Angeles has to offer, only to be devastated to learn that she had Stage-4C Colon Cancer.
Facing unspeakable odds, she dove head first into aggressive treatments that decimated her body, but never destroyed her natural optimism and positivity.
Through the lens of the natural world around her, the young cancer survivor reveals the intensely private and deeply emotional aspects of fighting for her life. Sometimes with a pinch of humor but always with raw honesty, she holds on to bright hope that warmly invites you to share in her journey.
A Note From the Publisher
"A deeply personal, honest and informative account of one young cancer survivor's journey, her prose is easy on the eye and mind; her stunning comparisons of the good and bad in nature are intelligently woven throughout, and her inspirational soul emanates from every page, as if she hasn't already given enough." -Neil Baker, author and owner April Moon Books
Average rating from 5 members
A thorough, empathic, no-holes-barred memoir of one young 47 year old woman's 10 month battle with colon cancer. She describes everything she experienced in detail- not only the surgeries, chemo sessions, radiations, and doctors, but also her inner feelings and changes during the entire ordeal.
This book has 'all the feels'. It's a must-read for anyone who has had cancer, or knows anyone who has had cancer. Which is most of us. A phenomenal, harrowing, insightful, and most of all inspirational read.
Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC.
I'm so pleased to have found Febre's memoir. I enjoyed reading her story and found her writing to be excellent! Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. Five stars.
. I learned a lot from this book. The book also kept my attention because though I don’t have cancer, I have chronic illnesses and chronic pain, plus I have always been fascinated learning about other medical conditions. I also am a musician (though in sure not as talented as she is). The descriptions and details really made it feel like you were reading her diary or actually at times were a fly on the wall following her around