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Persevering through the Unforeseen:One Couple's Experience Conquering Testicular Cancer by [Goodman, Roberta]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1949 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Roberta Goodman (30 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GDT42R4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,009,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is written with great sincerity but above all never asks for sympathy. Roberta Goodman has to deal with a life threatening illness within her family and holds herself resiliently together in the process. It`s not a pleasant journey but was never intended to be so. The writer skillfully trips through emotions and concerns which threaten to engulf. With great tenacity and devotion she deals with the situation and we all pray for a happy ending.
The winning line for me in this piece of work is. "Offending someone who happens to read my words isn`t my top concern." Bravo Roberta, tell it like it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved 28 Nov. 2016
By Alfonso - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book to help me cope with my husband's chemo for Tc. I find many similarities and over all the book was able to put my mind at ease that this part of our life will come to an end. Having no family or friends this book has been a God send. I hope the author updates the 5 yr mark. I am looking forward to her updates on Eric. I haven been married 28 yrs and this has been by far the most difficult part of our life. This book again has provided great comfort and peace that all will work accordingly to God's plan in our life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Testicular Cancer - the personal point of view 8 Feb. 2014
By Michael Hoogkamer - Published on Amazon.com
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The sincerity with which this book was written was overwhelming. I found this book on January 10, when I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer myself, and effectively did not know what to expect and what was to happen even the next day. There are numerous websites that explain the disease and many of them too I read, but all of them lacked the personal effect; most of them are too clinical, and do not prepare the sufferer for what is to come. With this book Roberta Goodman has provided that necessary part, and explains it from a very human and personal point of view.

Roberta Goodman, thank you for this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this detailed memoir, written from the point ... 6 Feb. 2015
By BookBelle - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this detailed memoir, written from the point of view of a cancer survivor's spouse, touching and I admire the courage of the author in sharing an experience that taxed their family in deeply profound and emotional ways. Aside from coping with the treatment that would ultimately cure her husband, (the treatment impacted his appearance, appetite, energy and mood) they had to live with the fear of the unknown, and feel the consequences of a potentially grave illness that may have been caused by Mr. Goodman's exposure to a piece of equipment used in the commission of duties required in his job. Thanks to the Goodman's story, I convinced my husband to see our family doctor for a long overdue check-up, one that would have continued to go by the wayside if not for this cautionary story, part of which is being aware of what you are exposed to and the impact it may have on your health.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super read 9 Nov. 2013
By Donner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very sincerely written and it was like being there with them through it all. I wish them well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 31 Aug. 2014
By Matthew Charles Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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As a testicular cancer patient this book was helpful for me to know what to expect. I begin Chemo in just a few days, and feel like the information has not only prepared me, but given me hope. It will be horrendous, but it will be doable. Roberta and her husband have shown remarkable strength in dealing with this disease. Their marriage is something to be admired, and they are both clearly the kind of devoted parents we need more of in the world.

As far as the writing, the book is a quick read. It went especially fast for me as I learned that the author would go on the occasional tangent that didn't move the story along, I skimmed through accounts of a social networking website and excessive details on planning for a family vacation. The author is able to tap into her experiences and open a door into her emotions and the struggles of her husband; though occasionally this feels a little "stiff". I recommend this book to any testicular cancer patient and his wife.

Thanks Roberta for using your experience to help others through theirs!

Update: Roberta kindly responded to my review, and when I saw that it had been commented on it reminded me that I needed to update this review. It was only after I decided to update that I realized the comment was from the author.

As I now stand on the other side of cancer I can tell you that Roberta's book is more accurate than I realized. Cancer is full of high-stake emotions followed by the repetition of everyday life and terrible boredom. She'd be lying if she didn't include the everyday experience. In the parts that I skimmed there was tremendous promise and hope. Cancer might have been consuming my every thought, but it won't consume the realities of everyday life. Everyday life does continue, it's just different. Perhaps my biggest complaint was about her family's trip to Disney World, and I should have taken more interest in that section as in it was the promise that life would resume, and it shows the changed priorities that a cancer survivor has.

Now standing on the other side of cancer (I received an all clean in November 2014 after six weeks of Chemo) I recommend her book to you more. Cancer will change your body. Another area that I have come to appreciate is that while cancer is hard on the individual, it's harder on the spouse. Once I was in chemotheraphy I was to tired to fully process the emotions that my wife had more energy to deal with. Roberta captures the experience of a spouse. It was informative for me as a patient, but I think my wife would have benefited from reading it just as much or more than I did.
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