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4.0 out of 5 stars A touching account of a shared struggle., 15 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Neil's Story - A Cancer Cure? (Paperback)
Anyone with an interest in cancer, either personal or medical would be enthralled by this couple's determination to fight the disease together. Anne gives such loving support to Neil, battling everyday to gain knowledge of the disease and to assist Neil in his fight for life. All this plays out in a country which is not their own, and with a language whose medical terms would challenge a native speaker. Set in a rural idyll amidst the volcanoes of the Auvergne. Living the self sufficient ideology of the TV series 'The Good Life', this wasn't the outcome the Morbey's expected when they planned their active retirement in France.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When spadesful of pluck are a great help., 30 July 2013
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This review is from: Neil's Story - A Cancer Cure? (Paperback)
As much as one can say one has enjoyed a sad book, I enjoyed this one. It deserves to do well. It absorbed me from start to finish as I followed the determination of Neil and his wife to overcome his cancer. The writer keeps a rein on her emotions, making the events and the people in them speak for themselves. This is very effective, and her deftness at capturing a moment with very few words is impressive.

The book will be useful, also, to anyone faced with metastasised cancer and who must not only keep his courage up but also his weight in order to fight more effectively. In Neil's case, it was cancer of pancreas, liver and duodenum. Perhaps today there is more information available for patients, but in rural France with no computer at the beginning of Neil's diagnosis, she had the uphill task of finding out what foods her husband could eat - not many - and how to make nourishing and high calorie meals with such a limited list. There is a very interesting recipe section at the back giving calories as well as oven temperatures for Gas or Electic cookers, Farenheit and Centigrade.

The fact that it wasn't the cancer that killed Neil but the radiation sickness induced by its over-enthusiastic use by a doctor unwilling to listen to and learn from his patient and the one closest to him, might be very helpful for someone else in the same predicament to know.
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Neil's Story - A Cancer Cure? by M Anne Morbey (Paperback - 15 Nov. 2006)
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