There is a “C” word which upon hearing it can illicit any number of negative emotions. Whether you have been through it yourself, or know someone who has suffered with it, nine times out of ten you will know someone. There are at least 200 different types in the world, which just plain sucks. I have lost love ones to it myself in the past, and know at least part way of the grief it can bring.
But along comes one young man, aged 15, who has gone through it all, and come out the other side smiling. A user who frequents the chat called “Dave Tarragon, the NerdFighting Herb“ or David Crews in the real world, once was diagnosed with a form of cancer known as “Hodgkin’s Lymphomas”. Living through such a traumatic time in his life he decided to write a book about it; to both inform and entertain. Now, when I say entertain you might think: “What the hell?” but believe me, if you read it, you soon get to grips with his cheeky, upbeat style of writing. His book “The Chemo Diaries” which is available for free here takes you on a rollercoaster ride through first getting to grips with the illness to his road to recovery. It really is inspiring stuff, which I encourage you to check out!
I am not one to be without words, but this book really made me stop and think. How lucky that myself, and the majority of people are to be healthy and happy. Dave manages to keep a macabre, depressing subject light and humorous by injecting his own critique on the path he has taken. To know he still came out with very impressive exam results regardless of his illness shows just what an amazing person he is. At one point in the book he even says that he does not think of himself as brave or courageous and that is simply took the only path he could see. This in my eyes makes him even more so. Speaking with him you could not tell that any of this has happened to him, he is a happy and hilarious individual. I have no doubt he is not the only one with a story like this; there are probably hundreds out there that should be told!
It is rare to hear about a happy ending to a story such as this, so I thought it was one that could do with sharing. So if you get a spare half hour check the book out and tell Dave how you thought he did writing it, reviews always welcome!
See You On the Flip Side!