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i) with acute empathy for Daniel and the extreme physical and psychological challenges presented by Ewing's (such a cruel and stealthy opponent).
ii) with increasing frustration at David's dogmatic insistence that he was entitled to choose the NHS, whilst using private funds to relentlessly challenge and undermine Daniel's dedicated care team (especially Colin McMaster).
Yes, in an ideal world, every doctor would have infinite funding and limitless time to dedicate to individual patients. Sadly, that is far from the reality - and it seemed incredible that a man of David's intelligence couldn't equate his excessive demands (e.g. extra-long Q&A sessions and lengthy emails) with diverting his son's consultant away from other patients and duties.
Having travelled a journey with some parallels myself (albeit as a child with a terminally ill father - bone cancer), I empathised completely with David's anxiety, fear of loss and desperate need to gain some control (through research, finding alternative therapies etc.). However, it didn't sit comfortably with me that he could use his status (as a lawyer) to infiltrate the system and cherrypick NHS treatments, whilst using his not inconsiderable financial means to jet all over the world (sometimes using the information gleaned as a stick with which to beat the incredibly tolerant Dr. McMaster). If David didn't trust in the NHS, and resented the lack of novel treatment approaches, why not simply go private?
Having said all of that, no one could read this book without feeling immense sympathy for David, Petra, the extended family and, of course, Daniel. Such a talented young man, who endured so many procedures whilst retaining his positive outlook and zest for life.Read more ›
There is great courage, as the author lays out his emotions, including a transcript of the eulogy he gave for Daniel and an account of the ways he has coped with his own grief. It will be a helpful book for others - there’s even a step-by-step section on how to ensure the best treatment is secured for cancer patients. Ultimately, however, I think it is the message that the author conveys about how privileged he felt to be Daniel’s father, and the lengths he went to, to try to make a difference, that carries the greatest weight.
Please note: proceeds from the sale of this book go to World Child Cancer.
Indeed this is a tragedy, a deep tragedy that such a bright, talented and intelligent boy should be brought down by such a terrible cancer, despite the best efforts of his father and the finest medical experts he could find. It is also the paternal love story of a father for his son, and this love shines through from every page. It is also a diary of the slow progress of the developing disease and the desperate world-wide hunt for a cure - and it is also a blog of five years of Daniel's father David's life and all his efforts. It becomes quite clear to the reader that the author more or less put the rest of his life on hold in an all-out effort to save and support his son Daniel.
Daniel, My Son gives readers a roller coaster ride of emotions, one moment up; the next moment down, and this all through the book. Of course we all know that there will be a sad ending, but the author spins this out masterfully, and there are lots of twists and turns, bumps and jolts, but also light-hearted moments on the way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a profound and exceptionally well written book. David's writing is authentic and thoughtful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gmdanton
What a sad story, losing a child is hard enough but Daniel fought such a long battle, and, against the odds, survived a decent amount of time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A Hall
So sad. So brilliantly written. We all need a Dad like David Thomas.Will never forget this book.Published 14 months ago by newyork4
This is a deeply moving and inspiring book about a father's fight for his son who is diagnosed with cancer. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barbara
All the other reviewers describe the book beautifully. This was a difficult but rewarding read. All doctors should read this. Powerful , raw emotion is displayed here. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dr. C. R. Aldridge
This book tells a story of a Father's complete tunnel vision in trying to find a cure for his son's Cancer. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Helen
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