I won this through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
I was moved almost beyond words after reading A Kick-Ass Fairy. I’m not sure how I can put into words how absolutely amazing and life changing this book was for me. Not only was the author, Linda Zercoe, truly brave for just writing this book, (how difficult it must have been just to re-live every detail of your life at its worst moments, days, weeks and even years, just to help others who might be going through the same thing?), but she was also able to make you feel and understand the effects of having such a debilitating and devastating disease as cancer. She shares not only the successful ways in which she dealt with cancer but also the not so successful choices she made. She “bares her soul”, to quote another reviewer. She went into such detail about the process that I’m sure everyone with cancer must face, (and must be one of the hardest to deal with), paperwork and following different doctor’s diagnosis’. Just trying to make sense of everything in a big picture sort of way. And although I am sure she loves her husband very much and he, her, it seemed he had a limit as to how much he was willing to endure with her before he regretted even marrying her. To which I found appalling and could never imagine anyone who loved someone to the depths of their soul having even thought. I am sure this only made her grief and suffering that much worse. In the description of the book, it described “Life can be capricious and cruel.” which I find to be an absolute understatement. The author did what many of us, if not all wouldn’t be able to do, pull her self up by her bootstraps, put on her big girl pants and plow into this situation fists first! I am a big believer in Karma and whatever energy you put forth into the world will come back to boost you in whatever way you sent it. Linda absolutely saved her own life by being strong and trying with all her might to NEVER really give in.
Thankfully, I have never had to encounter cancer personally, however, my mother in law was recently diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer, it traveled to her lungs and the base of her brain. Since then I have read everything I can on the disease trying to understand where I can fit in and help. She is in her 70’s and I’m sure making her life expectancy even more limited. After reading this book I know exactly where I fit and exactly what I must do. Help keep her strong mentally. When she is down instead of babying her I challenge her as to why she just wants to curl up and die. Which always brings on a fierce conversation sparking life into her. After which she goes shopping and pulls herself up and leaves the house trying to stay energized. I hate to say it but I also use my kids as a weapon. When she is really at her lowest, I sic my 5 year old on her who LOVES to devour grandma in kisses and my other two pulling her into conversations about what is going on in their lives. Without fail she starts to live for them.
I can’t say enough about this book and wish I was wealthy enough to purchase millions of copies just to go pass out in hospitals and clinics everywhere to people receiving chemo treatments. Even doctors offices to pass out to those just receiving the difficult news. This book I believe could be the difference between someone just giving in to what the believe is fated or fighting it with every ounce of strength. The difference between life and death!