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128 Days and Counting

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  38 reviews
128 Days is a vivid and detailed account of a young couple during a cancer diagnosis and their relationship during the most difficult time of their lives. Honore and her husband, Tom, who went through chemo, an operation, and a difficult adjustment period, come alive in these pages as a loving and upbeat couple who are as familiar as your best friends. They are strong and ...more
Paperback, 1, 358 pages
Published December 22nd 2017 by Carrick Company, Inc.
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Julia Simpson-Urrutia
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an immensely touching story of a brave young couple dealing with cancer. Inspirational!
This is a very poignant and detailed account of a young couple’s journey from the shock of a cancer diagnosis through to dealing with the aftermath of chemo, surgery, and trauma. Although the 128 days of the cancer treatment is the biggest part of this book it was the emotional roller-coaster the couple found themselves on at the end that struck a chord with me. I’d just finished The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma a few weeks ago – a book that promotes new a ...more
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
An good and interesting read! This is the author's true experience, so it's difficult to criticize. In light of that being said, I was literally becoming agitated reading about Tom's journey after cancer. The book mainly takes you through Honore's experience, so I probably need to adjust my thinking because the book was more about her than him. BUT, he clearly needed help dealing with everything he went through. His therapy, getting a dog, etc., simply was not enough for him, and I kept thinking ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I'm sure that writing it was very cathartic for the author, and I do empathize with what she had to go through. That said, this really wasn't my type of book, and while I did plow through and finish it, it was with a sense of relief that I was able to close the book after its final pages and move onto something that was more my style. ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A poignant memoir of a tough cancer diagnosis and how a young couple coped with the treatment. I think the part that covers their post treatment lives is especially valuable reading. Life can't just go back to normal without some painful adjustments to new realities. ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you Goodreads for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I finished this a couple of days ago and wanted to think over my review as I just did not like most of the book.
Yes, it is a heart breaking account of when a beloved family member has a horrible diagonals of cancer, but I think the book would have moved much better if there was more science and less I love you...and love you more and endless tears.
While I would not want anyone to face this, the book could have used some heavy edi
Kim Bakos
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This isn't a book about cancer, it is about love. The love that this couple built long before a surprise diagnosis sustained them through the tough battle with cancer and the even tougher battle to regain normalcy afterward. If you don't like "medical stuff", don't let that keep you from reading this. There really isn't too gory or overwhelming. This is probably the sweetest nonfiction book I have ever read.
It will take a while to get through, not because it is hard to read, but because it is in
Larry Tressler
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I must say that this book had things going against it even before I read the first page. It is 358 pages of the smallest print I've ever seen in a book. Just opening the book, my first opinion was, "OMG, are you kidding me. But I wanted to give it a chance, so I dove in. After only about 8 pages in, my eyes were begging for a break.

After some cake & coffee, I continued. But it was as laborious as pushing a bolder up a hill. I found that I was starting to just skim pages, although I was still ge
Thank you Goodreads for my copy!

I admire Honore and her husband Tom's love for each other and how they try to find humor in things during such hard times. 128 Days is a touching story on the couple's journey during and after Tom's diagnosis with cancer. However, there were moments where I found myself skimming through chapters.
An emotional journey

It’s been a long time since a book made me this emotional. Maybe it was their story, maybe it was my own health issues and the love of my amazing hubby but I have no problems to admitting to crying throughout this memoir. It is a true love story and teaches us all that having someone by your side during the good times, and especially the bad, can have a miraculous effect when going through an illness or even just a rough patch. Very well written and I will no doubt read it a
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
128 Days and Counting: A 28-Year Old Caregiver’s Memoir by Honore Nolting is the story of a young couple facing cancer.

I can understand how hard it is to be a caregiver and that writing about situations like this helps. But I need to add some suggestions to help improve this book if the author ever chooses to do an updated version of this book.

First off a photo of the young couple anywhere in this book would have helped so I as the reader could connect with them. It’s a minor issue and I’m sure
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
The premise of the book is great. It just drags on forever. I think most of the back stories of their pasts do not need to be included. Also, it should have stopped at 128 days and a follow-up book could capture the following year. That way, the font could be set to a larger size that doesn’t strain the eyes. Another thing that I found unnerving was that she constantly referenced their fear of not having money to pay their mortgage; but went on trips, bought a new car, spent $1,000 on a party, b ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honest and Raw

What an inspiring story! If you haven't done so already, grab your tissues. This book is beyond amazing with its pages full of honest, raw vulnerability. I will earn the reader that at times this book is very heavy on your heart and you'll want to take a minor break to absorb and process the information received. Honore is a powerful writer and gently leads the reader on their journey from beginning until present day with cancer. Most people have been effected by cancer in some way
Geraldine Menten
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad to have read this book. My daughter and I both had an experience with cancer last year. I had a pre-cancer of the vulva and she had stage one uterine cancer. This memoir of a couples battle with an even more devastating cancer gave me some insights into phenomena that most people are unaware of. Dealing with the year after being given a cancer free (For the moment) report and then dealing with the recovery physically and mentally. This is great book to read for anyone who has been t ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
good book
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was incredibly eye-opening and surprisingly pleasant to read given the subject matter! As I don't have any direct experience in either the patient or the caregiver role, I felt that I learned a great deal from their story, particularly about all of the non-physical struggles that cancer can bring. The courage that Honore (and Tom) had to be frank and open about their lives during this season of their lives provided an exceptionally intimate recounting that will undoubtedly he ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cancer Sucks

This account of a cancer diagnosis, chemo, surgery, and events post-cancer is the first book I’ve read to accurately depict what life is like, not only for the spouse with cancer, but the care-giver also. I also was appreciative of the author’s honesty in writing about the emotional toll cancer took on her and her husband post-surgery. As a cancer survivor, I remember crying and feeling so depressed, and wondering why, when I’d been given a clean bill of health I wasn’t feeling overj
Valerie Fazio
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won-giveaways
"For the curious reader... these are layers of stories that bounce back and forth around our lives, which I hope will bring you laughter, curiosity, and perhaps a new perspective."

That's me, the curious reader. I don't have cancer, I am not a caregiver to someone with cancer. I am simply a reader. I'm not a fan of non-fiction books, they've always made me feel as though I was being forced to read them for a school project or assignment. But, I wanted to expand my field of knowledge and vary the
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be ready for your heartstrings to be tugged, to smile a little and a reason to look at the better things. In this beautiful story Honore shares a story of survival. Cancer is the worst case scenario for so many people, and its traumatizing. It's so hard for those who are trying to take the role of care taker to not fall to the darkness of what such a disease. But through it all, Honore and Tom find reasons to smile, a reason to look for another day and then just in general find peace. Their jour ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through a giveaway and was beyond amazed at how much of a great read it was. Being a person who has a long history of cancer and other illnesses in my family, this really gave me great perspective. A powerful true inspiring love story about a couple who chooses to make the best out of a cancer diagnosis. Great for everyone and anyone. It was leave you feeling empowered and touched! After reading it, I truly take nothing for granted and live everyday like it's my last! Highly ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic, giveaways
A very honest look into a young couple's journey with cancer, "128 Days and Counting," provides a vulnerable point of view from Honore Nolting, whose husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.

Thank you to Goodreads Giveaway and the publisher for my free copy of this book; the following is my honest review.

This story was very easy to get sucked into through the author's writing. I felt very connected to the couple, wanting everything to be okay along with them. It had me nervous reading along,
Ron Frampton
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A 128 day detailed account of a young couples diagnosis with cancer.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Absolutely riveting!

I usually shy away from cancer-stories because I'm tired of the trite "live-in-the moment" platitudes.

Nolting begins her story with that same attitude and proves her story is different.


By alternating between the past and the present, Nolting illustrates the journey of love between Tom and Honore, a love that no one ever tells you about because very few people know it exists. Their love is the love of what happens after the story ends with "happily-ever-after." I envy thei
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So upbeat and positive, i didn't need a tissue. After reading "128 Days" I feel like I know Honore. She let us into their private world and view their struggles. This book would absolutely help others who are going through beating cancer. ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
128 Days and Counting is detailed on the emotional spectrum, and it must have been a roller coaster living it. Cancer sucks, no matter the age or circumstance. I'm glad that the Noltings have a strong support network and a rich history; it's a sweet gesture that she's giving this out for others to read too.

Nolting and I have different definitions on raw. A condensed example of "raw" to me is more like this wonderful poem. Revealing and talkative? Yes, she has that in spades. That extra bit of vu
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

As noted in several previous reviews, the font was tiny, to the point of being distracting. I almost gave up on the book before I got started, which would have been a shame since I really did enjoy the read.

The story of a young couple's struggle through a cancer diagnosis and treatment was good, however the second half of the book covering the year after being declared cancer free was VERY good. I was not expec
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was very moving. I almost didnt read because I didn't want to cry the whole time but I'm glad I did. I actually didn't cry at all but that is not to say I wasn't moved. They have a beautiful love story, relationship and fight. I felt like I could know them, which I think is the point. It was really hard for me to not jump to the end to know what happened but I resisted. The minute I finished I went to the website. This is where I cried watching their next chapter video. I wont spoil it but ...more
Rose Hriz
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, giveaways
This is the story of a 28 year old woman, who is married for 3 years when her husband is diagnosed with stage 3 cancer at 30 years old. She must become his caregiver for his cancer journey. This is a very tough road for anyone.

The book is about love and perseverece. It shows the ups and downs of caregiving and life under these tough circumstances. Anyone who has been a caregiver will understand the journey and feel like there is someone who gets what they have gone through. If you are thinking
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO good & is an extremely accurate view of caregiving. It's both heartbreaking & uplifting. Anyone who wants help understanding what it's like to take care of someone in the midst of a serious illness should read this book. Anyone who is a caregiver should read this book. Anyone who has a caregiver should read this book. Everyone should read this book. ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The authors take the reader on a very sad, uplifting and inspiring journey throughout the book. They share so much love throughout the cancer treatment. I wish them luck and love, and congratulations for sharing their story with us.
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Honore Nolting published her first memoir in 2017 to provide a raw and in-depth look at the reality of young adult cancer, the impact on a marriage, and the power of a positive attitude. Originally from Milwaukee, WI she currently reside in the suburbs of Chicago. She enjoys watching her beloved Packers, Xavier Musketeers and the Milwaukee Brewers. In her free time she loves writing, traveling, a ...more

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