Most Of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown Paperback – Sep 16 2011
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One nipple up! A must-read for all breast cancer survivors. —Ms. Mastectomy(2011-07-27)
It was such a privilege to read Robyn Levy's story. Her integrity and honesty simultaneously broke and healed my heart, fresh from my own journey through breast cancer. Riveting and endearingly funny, her story impacted me profoundly, covering me in a blanket of feelings and thoughts that will stay with me forever, like a friend. —Bif Naked(2011-07-27)
An astonishing debut from a writer adept at handling the delicate balance between laughter and tears. —Cori Howard(2011-07-27)
A deliciously poetic, humor-laced narrative by a courageous and wickedly honest woman who has been handed a mountain of medical lemons in the prime of her life. Robyn Levy's spirit will stick with you long after you finish the book. —Rhona Raskin(2011-07-27)
Robyn Levy, never one to do things by half, was diagnosed with two life-altering illnesses. Most of Me is her funny/sad and delightfully bawdy account of a dangerous and memorable journey. Long may she travel, and more may she write. —Bill Richardson(2011-07-27)
. . . Levy's writing style is so accessible and compelling that reading her memoir feels like sitting down with a good friend over coffee to hear the latest. Every page is loaded with emotion so heart-wrenching it's almost unbearable, yet her tone is so engaging, her humour so dark, that you can't help but keep reading. —Georgia Straight(2011-10-20)
Despite the subject matter, Most of Me is filled with irreverent humour and themes of family life that are relevant to almost everyone who's ever lived with a teenager (or been one.) —Vancouver Sun(2011-10-29)
It is a brave story, not because of the private emotional reality [Levy] bares—all memoirs require that. It's her determined levity in the face of so much suffering that's heartbreaking and raw. —Globe & Mail(2011-11-07)
As she says, if she doesn’t joke about it, she'll cry. You'll probably do a bit of both if you pick up a copy of Levy’s book. —Adrienne Brown, Homemakers.com(2012-01-05)
In her debut memoir, Levy provides a dark-humored account of being afflicted with both Parkinson's disease and breast cancer . . . What initially seemed like a dual death sentence provided Levy with a new lease on life, reuniting her with friends and family, all of whom reminded her of the many blessings that remained. A traumatic tale surprisingly liberated by laughter. —Kirkus Reviews(2012-06-01)
Some memoirs are heartbreaking and some are hilarious, but very few manage to balance absurdity and honesty as does this title . . . This memoir is proof of the power of the human spirit. By finding joy in the face of the worst circumstances, Levy shows that what doesn't kill you makes you stranger and stronger. Enthusiastically recommended. —Library Journal(2012-08-01)
I liked this book for one very big reason: readers watch on as Levy progresses from What's-wrong-with-me? to I-can-do-this and the transformation is simply tremendous. The powerful woman we know at the end of this book is not the emotional person we met at the beginning and that could be a beacon of hope for anyone facing a long-term illness. —Terri Schlichenmeyer, My Kawartha(2012-08-13)
About the Author
Robyn Michele Levy is a visual artist, radio broadcaster, and writer. Her paintings can be found in private and public collections around the world. Her radio work includes documentaries, commentaries, poetry, and sketch comedy for CBC Radio. Her writing has been published in the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight, and the Vancouver Courier, among other publications, and she has also dabbled in stand-up comedy and slam poetry. She lives with her family and her remaining body parts in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Top Customer Reviews
With poise, candor, and self-deprecating humor, Levy writes about her medical plight. At the age of 43, she was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's. Eight months later, while still reconciling her debilitating affliction, she added breast cancer to her list of maladies. So far, she has won both battles.
Her memoir covers several years before and after her diagnoses. The book starts with 'before,' when the author struggled with her deteriorating health and bouts of depression without knowing why. Her immediate family'husband and teenage daughter'were often on the receiving end of her black moods, and afterwards, she was swamped by remorse. Then the bomb of Parkinson's exploded in her face.
Throughout the book, Levy is relentlessly honest, as she chronicles her seething cauldron of emotions: anger and guilt, shame and acceptance, terror of impending diapers and determination to survive. She also details the support and affection she received from her friends and family during her arduous medical journey. In a way, the book is a tribute to her loved ones, although the writing never slides towards melodrama. Funny asides and droll observations keep the narrative balanced on a tasteful line between mushy and tragic.
One of the grimmest problems the author faced after each of her two diagnoses was how to tell her thirteen-year-old daughter.Read more ›
It's unusual that a book affects me in such a profound manner however Robyn writes with fierce honesty and a seriously deranged but delicious wit. The prose alternates between the realities of having serious medical problems and her very funny reactions to dealing with the enormity of the situation. I found the book a page turner and read the book in virtually one sitting.
I could go on and on describing a very readable and enormously satisfying book that will appeal to a wide range of readers but don't want to give away any of the juicy bits.
Most recent customer reviews
I gave this book to my mom who went through the same thing. She said it was very accurate and helped her to not feel alone in her battle.Published on Oct. 17 2013 by Janet Delpierre
An incredible book - touched my heart and changed my life in ways I can not explain. I would recommend this book to everyone regardless of who they are; Robyn Levy has a way of... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2011 by Rebecca
This is a "must read" for every person from teens to seniors. It is informative, funny, sad, and beautifully written. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2011 by TK
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