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Review: Cycle of Lives by David Richman

Three and a half years ago, I had cancer. There was already a lot going on in my life, so thinking about the diagnosis wasn’t on the radar. Even after two surgeries and a stay overnight because of an infection that almost killed me, I still didn’t give my cancer much thought. Many of us try not to overthink about our cancer because it is scary. I could have died!

Cycle of Lives is a collection of 15 stories about how cancer affected them, from the survivors to those who cared for loved ones. But more than that, it is a book of emotions. Sure, cancer has affected me, but I am more than my cancer, and this book captures 15 individuals’ lives, cancer included.

I thought this book had an attractive format that I haven’t seen in similar books. Between the stories, the author shares about his 5,000-mile bike ride and how he came to terms with his sister’s death. There was a short biography page about each person that gave a brief overview of what might be expected in their section. Within each section, the stories have subheadings making them easier to digest.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t a page-turner, but it was a heart-turner. This would make an excellent gift for someone going through a cancer diagnosis (or the family and friends of that person).

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