I've always liked and respected Tom Brokaw, and now I like him even more!
As a cancer survivor, this book really spoke to me.
This is not just a book abI've always liked and respected Tom Brokaw, and now I like him even more!
As a cancer survivor, this book really spoke to me.
This is not just a book about his battle with Multiple Myeloma (MM), which by the way is treatable / manageable, but not curable -- at this stage, Brokaw's cancer is manageable, but also a brief history of his broadcasting career.
So, just what is this thing that Brokaw refers to as MM throughout this book. According to the author (and Google), "Plasma cells that help you fight infections become cancerous and multiply at dangerous rates, affecting bone strength, kidney function, energy. In short, good blood cells become bad blood cells and no one yet knows why."
The estimated life span is eight years and out. However, some people have gone sooner and some have lived a bit longer. Brokaw hopes he lives long enough to see his grandson, Archer, through 2nd grade, because that is the age when you get your first fishing rod.
The detailed description about what it's like to go through an MRI was dead on. I've done this, and it is absolute torture. There is NO WAY of escaping the grinding noise that the machine makes as it moves to scan your problem area.
The point in the story where he tells his wife, Meredith, about this disease is sad, and yet, as the story progresses, we see that Meredith has a spine of steel and is someone you'd want to have in your corner if you were battling this terrible disease.
I was amazed at the parallels that Brokaw was able to draw in comparison to his cancer battle, especially in regards to 9/11 and the people who declared war on America.
Another interesting parallel (sometimes) and at cross purposes during other times, was Brokaw's story about his brother, Bill, and Bill's issues with Dementia / Alzheimer's.
Although blood is often thicker than water, the love and support that Tom Brokaw received from friends and acquaintances was no less than amazing, and it wasn't just from famous people. Like with Brokaw's book, "The Greatest Generation", it was the "regular people" that gave that story its richness; the same can be said for this. When his cousins found out about his cancer, they immediately stepped up and volunteered to donate bone marrow for a transplant (luckily this was not needed).
Some of the famous people who sent well wishes -- President Obama and President Bush 41, as well as Nancy Reagan. President Clinton called and encouraged Brokaw to get in touch with a doctor friend of his who was doing breakthrough work on the genome project. He also received notes, emails, and messages that he was being kept in people's prayers, including Sister Lucille Socciarelli. For those who don't know Sister Lucille, she was an instructor of Tim Russert's when he was in parochial school, as well as a speaker at his funeral. After Russert passed away, "Tommy B" inherited Sister Lucille.
Statistical Fact: In 2014, it was estimated that 24,050 MM cases were diagnosed. In that same year, 11,090 died of cancer.
I was not very happy with this book. It seems like I spent more time in the index trying to find specific vegetables because they were not found in thI was not very happy with this book. It seems like I spent more time in the index trying to find specific vegetables because they were not found in this, a book that appears to be organized alphabetically.
Ramps are with onions, Kale is with "Collard and Other Hearty Greens," Collard Greens (defined as a type of cabbage in this book) is in a section on its own and not with Cabbage. Sweet Potatoes are separate from Potatoes. Swiss Chard is also in the Heart Greens section. Beans are broken out by their type. Ugh! It's all very confusing. Either make it a straight alphabetical book or break it down into "sections" ... Hearty Greens, Root Vegetables, etc.
I did learn how to slice & dice an avocado, so this was great ... probably the best part about this book!...more
Although I wasn't wild about the parts that showed medical analysis of specific points, I did appreciate this biography about the Klebold's life, mostAlthough I wasn't wild about the parts that showed medical analysis of specific points, I did appreciate this biography about the Klebold's life, mostly after the shooting at Columbine, but also about the family's time before the shooting.
I sincerely believe this is the next step in Sue Klebold's recovery -- something cathartic -- to assist her in her goal of trying to understand (I don't know that anyone will ever fully understand) what caused her son (and Eric Harris) to not only commit suicide, but also commit mass murder in the process.
When someone commits a crime of this magnitude, especially when the guilty are so young, our first inclination is to blame the parents, but as with anything else out there, we cannot just look at the parents / family, we also have to look at their friendships, their environment, their hobbies, etc.
Interesting. I appreciated Sue Klebold's thoughts and opinions, the most. The medical analysis I could have done without. You can't always lump someone into a group or a statistic. Just like a fingerprint, everyone is different....more
Next, most of the time, when you have a trilogy or series, the subsequent books in the series pick-up the storylineFirst, I read this in one sitting.
Next, most of the time, when you have a trilogy or series, the subsequent books in the series pick-up the storyline using a supporting character(s) from the previous book. That does not happen, here. In this, the second book in the trilogy, the story carries on from where it left off at the end of book one. The central characters are still Dane & Ari, with supporting roles from Kyle (whom I do not trust of really like), Amano, Ari's dad, etc.
There are a couple of major things (plot devices) that happen that briefly derail the path to true happiness, but all is as well as it can be by the end of the book.
I'm looking forward to book #3, which does not come out until October 2016. ...more