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Perseverance: True Voices of Cancer Survivors

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Can you imagine being in high school or college and suddenly learning you have cancer? You thought you had a lifetime ahead of you and the whole world at your feet, but suddenly you're told... maybe not. How would you cope?

That's the question the twenty young people in this book had to answer when they were diagnosed with childhood cancer. Perseverance tells of the

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Forge Books (first published 2009)
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Brenda Grizzle
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn is so kind and generous with her time. In a class all her own with taking the time to respond to comments, emails, etc. This book is beautifully written and very inspiring. A must read.
Ruth
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it
"You have Cancer". Those are words that no one wants to hear, much less a high school or college student. While puking your guts out to most folks that age means too much beer the night before, for cancer patients, it is a common side-effect of chemotherapy. While peers are having needles applied for tattooing and piercings, cancer patients are undergoing biopsies, spinal taps and IV drugs. Cancer isn't easy on anyone but when it hits a high school or college-aged student, the freedom of youth i ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
‘Never let go of your dreams.’

How would you cope if you were diagnosed with cancer as a child or teenager? A cancer diagnosis is daunting for anyone, but how much harder can it be for a young person? This book contains the stories of 20 young people who have battled with cancer. Sadly, they have not all won their battles and for some the battles continue.

Each of the twenty contributors tells the story of their diagnosis, of their subsequent trials and tribulations and the unique challenges that
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Sarah Sammis
Jun 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Perseverance: True Voices of Cancer Survivors by Carolyn Rubenstein is a collection of twenty interviews with survivors of childhood cancers.

Cancer is one of those perverse diseases that is harder on you the younger you are. It thrives in the presence of the growth hormones that young bodies are so full of. Blood Matters by Masha Gessen has a long discussion of this phenomena.

Perseverance though isn't about the various diseases that all go under the "cancer" heading nor is it so much about the t
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David
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cancer can make you feel incredibly isolated, but it can also help instill a sense of solidarity, especially on the case of adolescents who are often surprised to find, through their experiences with cancer, a larger community of survivors. For those who have found such a community, and for those who haven't, this book serves as a warm reminder of the strength and love that human beings are capable of showing in the case of adversity. Although penned by young adolescent survivors, most of the wr ...more
Tami
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Perseverance is a unique book filled with the stories of some very courageous individuals. All twenty are young college age cancer survivors. They are also the most positive, inspirational people that I’ve had the chance to learn about.

In each entry, the young person talks about their diagnosis and subsequent treatment. The trials these children have been through, often repeatedly, would be enough to make any adult fall to pieces. You’d expect that these young people would be bitter and angry a
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