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Finding N-E-D: No Evidence of Disease Perfect Paperback – 15 May 2012
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Michael is the perfect husband. Amanda is the perfect wife and fate played a huge part in getting these two soul mates together.
However, life isn't always a fairytale and bad luck follows this couple from the get go.
First a horrific car accident causes Amanda to have to undergo many extremely serious operations that leaves her in tremendous pain. And then they lose the court case due to the jury being blind sighted, which results in them having to pay court costs and extortionist medical bills. But still their love remains, stronger than ever. Then Amanda gets the worst news a person can get. She has Cancer and its terminal.
Any average couple would have broken and folded, their marriage gone, but with Amanda and Michael's courage and determination to beat the disease, their love for one another grew even stronger. Even at the end, Michael cherished every moment with his beautiful wife and Amanda never gave up.
The photos which are published along with the book are disturbing, but the images just bring to light how much this couple had been through.
The story is told so well, you go through this tragic journey with them. Her courage is told through Amanda's, Michael's and even family and friend's words.
I don't think I've cried so much while reading a book and it certainly makes you sit back and think, too be grateful for what you have and to treasure each moment with a loved one.
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One thing that is inspiring is that Michael found meaning in the tragedy. Instead of simply viewing it as a tough time he went through, he takes inspiration and courage from his wife to spread the word. Michael is on a mission to help educate people about the dangers of Melanoma, and as the father of 2 young daughters I'm taking heed to the message. It's absolutely critical not to overexpose children to the sun. I'm diligent about using sunscreen on the kids and even more so now, after reading the book.
Thank you to Michael and Amanda Brown for sharing so much of themselves. The sax man plays on, sometimes sweet, sometimes sad, but it doesn't get any more real than this...
I would give the book five stars if there were not a few instances of grammatical and spelling errors plus many cliches, making the telling of the story in multiple voices (Amanda's, Michael's, Amanda's mothers', and others') moderately less beautiful than the story itself. Ultimately, this does not matter much because by the end even critical readers like me will be so caught up in the story that they won't mind the slightly flawed writing. It will be a hard-hearted reader indeed who will not be weeping at the conclusion of Amanda's struggles.
Jane MacLean Craig, despite the book's title page, did not tell the story; she organized it and offered one of the heart-rending "Memories of Amanda" at the end of the book. She did not personally know Amanda but came to know her while reading and organizing the various components of the book written by those close to Amanda, who was beautiful in many ways, as the book and its photos clearly show.
Michael, to his great credit, continued his musical career while caring for Amanda and driving her to often distant medical appointments so they could manage to pay huge expenses for treatments and medications above the almost $500 per month costs of medical insurance. Fortunately, benefit concerts helped with the costs. Michael did all he could to ease Amanda's extreme pain and discomfort, often getting almost no sleep. Today he continues the fight against melanoma as director of the Melanoma Education Foundation of Nevada. The book supplements his efforts to prevent others from contracting melanoma and clearly presents the progression of Amanda's illness and the treatments she underwent.