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All the Above: My son's battle with brain cancer

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On his 19th birthday and the day after his freshman year at the University of Georgia, Jack McDermott was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Sitting right behind his optic nerves, the tumor rapidly threatened to take his vision, and Jack was rushed into surgery. For the next six months, he fought the battle of his life. Told with honesty, tenderness, and compassion, All the Abo ...more
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published March 24th 2015
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Diana Brown
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Between the first and last pages of this stirring true story lie the answers of how to walk with grace through one of life’s darkest traumas, be guided by a courage outside of yourself, and emerge whole.

All the Above is as much the story of a husband and wife facing the reality that their nineteen-year-old son may die, as it is the story of his heroism knowing his death may be imminent. McDermott’s prose succeeds, as she weaves the details of a family’s intricate feelings as they walk through a
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Joyce Sewell
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this family's journey. Ms. McDermott shared some of her most vulnerable moments with us without shame. A very inspirational story for anyone, especially for someone who may be battling a health crisis.
Charles
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written story of a family's journey through brain cancer. Having just gone through a serious medical issue with our son (though not as intense as Jack's brain cancer), the author's insights and emotions resonated with me and kept me engaged all the way. My wife even commented that she has never seen me read a book with such intensity!

I found this book through a write up in the UNC alumni magazine. I was immediately drawn in by, of all things, the cover! (Potential spoiler ale
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Sue Hall
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in two days! I felt so many different emotions while reading it. I felt so sorry for the family to have to deal with this horrible and scary situation. Poor Jack having to go through cancer treatments while in the beginning of his college career. The book was very well written and an honest story of how the family coped during this time of tragedy. It showed how the McDermott family relied on their strong faith while so many obstacles were being thrown their way. I loved this bo ...more
Natalie Laufer
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book, lovely family

This book shows what Amazon should be all about - really well-written, personal story with depth and insight. This family is so likable. Very engaging prose, and thankfully, as it is a true account, a happy outcome. Thanks to the author for sharing her work. An absolute privilege to read it. Best of luck.
Shylo Bundy
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the love of the family

You felt like you were a part of their lives. You could tell how it touched everyone that was connected to this young man. How God had a different plan for him. What nice young man. Very touching story!
julie morse
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A feel good story

Was holding my breath the whole way and was not disappointed. Some brain cancers can be cured thank goodness. Too many times you take life for granted and sweat the small things. Hope this book makes you stop and smell the roses
Janet
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Uplifting, but ...

... while I appreciate the authors’s no-nonsense writing style, her tendency to describe everything — every person they encounter, every doctor, every room and chair they sit in, EVERYTHING — quickly became tiresome. I found myself skimming through page after page, looking for when the next interesting thing happened. I am, however, delighted that she shared this uplifting story in which others may discern God‘s grace.
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Julia McDermott is a multi-genre author of three novels and one work of creative nonfiction. Domestic psychological suspense DADDY'S GIRL was published in April 2016, and suspense UNDERWATER was published in Nov 2014 by Thomas & Mercer. French travel/New Adult romance MAKE THAT DEUX was released in Oct 2012. ALL THE ABOVE: MY SON'S BATTLE WITH BRAIN CANCER was published in March 2015, and was ...more
“Just try (not all at once, just step by step) to have hope. Resiliency is a wonderful thing. Sometimes something great happens when all feels lost.   – Jack McDermott  ” 0 likes
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