Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Self Help/Health
Approximate word count: 15-20,000 words
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“Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Ali was the youngest of seven siblings. Early on, she became known for her creative endeavors and tendency to daydream (duly noted on her report cards), but never really entertained taking her writing skills beyond hobby until recent years.”
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“The C Card and Me is the story of how one woman took a daunting diagnosis and turned it into an inspiring tale of triumph over stage IV cancer. Drawing from her experiences battling this ‘punk-ass’ disease, Ali Gilmore has created a veritable guide for those newly diagnosed and their loved ones. Written in her own conversational style and designed to be read in a day (under 70 pages), Ali shares her insights and anecdotes in her uniquely humorous and at times irreverent manner in order to shed some light on a rather dark subject and smooth the road ahead for others.”
Written by a cancer survivor as both a memoir and a guide for others, The C Card and Me is a good balance of serious and humor, mixing very specific advice (questions to ask your doctor, for one) with a demonstration of the attitude Gilmore feels made the difference in her successful bout with cancer. If the right attitude is the biggest thing a cancer patient can bring to the battle (which I think is probably the case), then Gilmore’s advice should help you get that attitude, while letting you know what to expect and giving family members direction in knowing what to expect from you and how best to assist.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars