When author Tommy Donbavand was diagnosed with inoperable, stage 4 throat cancer, he set-up a blog in the hope of helping himself make sense of it all and that it might help others in similar circumstances. The blog was so successful that, over a year later, Tommy decided to adapt the blog into a book.
A few years ago, the lovely Tommy was kind enough to send some books for a neighbour’s young son who was spending a long period of time in hospital. So, I was gutted to hear of Tommy’s diagnosis and I followed the Tommy V Cancer blog with interest. Once the blog was turned into a book, I just had to read it (even though I’d read many of the blog posts).
As much as Tommy injects some humour into the book at times, it has to be remembered that this not an easy read. It charts Tommy’s chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, along with the side effects they bring. Tommy might have been kicking cancer’s arse, but the side effects of his treatment really took their toll.
Tommy is brutally honest in this book and many of the blog entries were written in the dead of night when he couldn’t sleep. Chronic Fatigue kicks my arse on a regular basis and sometimes it can be pointless me sitting down to write or doing anything worthwhile, so I’m impressed that Tommy was capable of writing coherent and interesting posts in the dead of night whilst feeling beyond utter crap.
Believe me, Tommy’s story is not a pity party, he just says it how it is. It just so happens that it’s a living hell. It’s a tribute to Tommy that that he puts much thought into how his cancer and treatment is affecting not just him but his wife, two sons and those around him.
I have pure respect for Tommy and anyone else who has been through this or is going through this. It was bad enough when my Dad had bowel cancer, but he was one of the lucky ones. His cancer was operable and didn’t require chemotherapy or radiotherapy afterwards.
Please note: Tommy Donbavand supplied a copy of Tommy V Cancer in return for an honest review, but this has in no way influenced my opinion.