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Tommy v Cancer: One Man's Battle Against The Big C by [Donbavand, Tommy]
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  • Print Length: 317 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071W4HX7K
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Tommy Donbavand is an excellent, funny children's author and also an all round nice bloke so when I heard that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer I was very sad for him. Following the blog that forms the basis of this book meant that as readers we were with him through all of the harrowing cancer treatment he had to undergo and sometimes it was hard to carry on reading , so real and honest were Tommy's words. Don't read this book expecting a lighthearted account of the big C, it certainly isn't that, but Tommy's irrepressible sense of humour and appreciation for the ridiculousness of life does provide some genuinely funny moments. There are definitely tears in store for the reader, Tommy's descriptions of his family, what they mean to him and how utterly terrified he was of leaving them are particularly touching. For anyone at the beginning of their cancer treatment this is a warts and all account of what's in store but the book is a good read for anyone, whether you've been touched by this terrible disease or not. Read, cry........then go and buy all of Tommy's other books!
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I've followed Tommy Donbavand's work for years now, and rate him as one of the best children's authors in the business. And so, for that matter, do my children, which is more important.

This book is not a book for children, but is a book for pretty much everyone else. It chronicles Tommy's year-long (and more) battle with stage four inoperable throat cancer, giving a truly remarkable insight into what goes through the mind of a family man when told he's very likely to die. In his own words, and inimitable style, Tommy takes us through everything from initial diagnosis, up to and including his current battles with the after effects of his treatment.

At times, it is the funniest book Tommy has ever written. At others, it's the hardest thing you'll ever read. But even through those darker moments, Tommy's humour and good grace are never far away, and this is ultimately an uplifting read, and one that, via the original blog format, has touched thousands of cancer sufferers and their families, and helped put their feelings into words they might otherwise never have found.

Raw, honest, painful, yet often laugh-out-loud, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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This is a hard book to read at times, because it presents a clear eyed view of Tommy's throat cancer, and the effects of his radio and chemotherapy. As a school librarian who knows Tommy from his wonderful Scream Street books and from an author visit, I was already following his Facebook page when he made the awful announcement that he had aggressive throat cancer and needed immediate treatment. I followed his blog posts over the following year, moved to both laughter and tears at times. And those awful times when there would be no blog posts for days and days and I worried and worried. But now, a year on, Tommy has published his blog posts as this wonderful book. It will give you an unparalleled look into the world of a person with cancer, undergoing two aggressive treatments at once, daily, over a period of six weeks. If you want to know exactly what it feels like, the dark thoughts in the night, the depression and the side effects, this is a good book to read to help you understand. But paradoxically, Tommy's indomitable spirit will also make you laugh, as some of his observations are so funny that you are laughing in spite of his circumstances, as Tommy himself does. This is a book which needs to be read, and perhaps recommended by doctors to their patients so that they will be able to prepare themselves for what's to come. I recommend this book - read it!
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Pr- ordered this as I have been following Tommy's story on Facebook, when it arrived I couldn't put it down until I had finished.. It gives a gripping account of Tommy's journey from his diagnosis and the treatment he endured. It is written with frankness and sometimes humour and gives an insight into what a strong character he is. I can only imagine the pain and fear he went through, all the while keeping up his blog(with occasional help from a friend when he was too ill to write) I thoroughly recommend this book, which has certainly given me more of an understanding of the disease.
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My daughter is a huge fan of Tommy's Scream Street series, which totally transformed her interest in reading to the point that she asked me to Google him to find out more about him - and that was how we came across his blog early last year and discovered he'd just been diagnosed with inoperable throat cancer. I was, as anyone would be, shocked to learn about his illness - but was utterly overwhelmed and truly humbled by Tommy's openness about his treatment , side-effects, and - most strikingly - his incredible humour in the face of something so terrifying. Tommy's book on this dreadful period in his and his family's lives is both uplifting and likely to bring a few tears in equal measure... but is a truly compelling read, and probably the most life-affirming book you'll read any time soon. Thoroughly recommend it.
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An account by Children's author and one-time Bash Street Kids writer for the Beano of his Battle with throat cancer that is a much expanded version of a blog he has been writing, giving an account of his experience.

Honest, sometimes funny, sometimes deeply moving and always brutally honest, its something a little bit special. After reading it I feel like I know Tommy, his accounts of medical procedures and the small things that come to mean so much when you are undergoing them ring so true. I did laugh out loud a few times and then catch myself, in recognition of what exactly was happening to him at the time.

Its often not a pleasant read, there are dark hours and awful events. But its also something I'm really happy to have read. Not least because Tommy is still about to edit and promote it, but mainly because it really is the story of a true 'battle'. A battle Tommy fought with himself as much with his disease. Where his heroism was demonstrated simply by having the guts to open your eyes and go through another day.

Like an internet Troll who had a go at Tommy during his illness, I'd always wondered why the word Battle was used when referring to cancer treatment, thanks to this book I now understand. Its a cliche to say this, but its no less true, Tommy's book truly is life affirming and moving and well worth your time and cash.
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