Running From Cancer

A Tilted Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
250 Pages
Reviewed on 07/23/2013
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Author Biography

"You can run...but you can't hide" is the beginning of this book and the message breast cancer survivor DebiLyn Smith wants to tell you about. Cancer has become a forest fire over-taking North America and this eastern native of New Brunswick and 20 year veteran of British Columbia wants to tell you why and how to stand up to cancer instead of running from it.
Debi lives with her husband Barry Smith in Houston, B.C. and is about to release her second book, a mystery called Not Just One. A part of the Running From Mystery series.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

In the preface of her book, Running From Cancer, DebiLyn Smith confides that you can perhaps run away, but you can’t hide from this disease. She then goes on to relate her battle with cancer. Needless to say, this is the hardest struggle in her life. The problem with this war is that there are no rules so it is also not fair at all. In addition, modern medicine's therapy against the disease is just another horrible ordeal. The author vividly recalls her battle with the disease and shares her journey into the world of cancer wholeheartedly. The author’s favorite recipes also find a place in this book.

DebiLyn Smith’s memoir is certainly a must-read book. It is a real life story of a real cancer survivor, who faces her battle effectively. Smith talks about her experiences as if she is talking to a close friend. It is a wonderful read and you can really feel her sincerity. Reading or listening to Smith’s story, one cannot help but be moved. The disease has clearly made her a fighter. Honestly written, Smith’s experience is such an inspiration, making her memoir a helpful and effective book about cancer. Smith also shares recommended readings – these are the books on cancer she has read. Running From Cancer is definitely a welcome addition.

Dealing with cancer is a painful experience. This book shows us the need to look at it from a different perspective, with a strong mind and a ready heart, especially if you are diagnosed with cancer or have a family member or a friend who suffers from cancer. Surprisingly, the book is not very depressing to read. Yes, it is painful but it is also extremely amusing. With her practical and realistic suggestions, Smith shows us how to make one’s lifestyle a healthier one. Yes, it is high time to evaluate your lifestyle NOW.