In January 2011, aged 21, Tom Preston was diagnosed with stage four advanced aggressive lymphoma. His chances of survival were optimistically placed at around 40 percent. This short, autobiographical work tells the story of the fight in the months that followed - but this is no ordinary cancer memoir.
The Boy in the Mirror is written in the second person - so the events in this book are happening to you, the listener, living through the hope, love, suffering, death, and black comedy encountered by Tom during the battle to save himself.
©2015 Tom Preston (P)2016 Tom Preston
"A very well-written and honest account, that must inspire efforts in treating and finding cures for cancer."
It is right that the book is written, as it is, in the second person, cancer being a condition that could affect anyone. It is also right that it is written in a way, and comes across in a way, that avoids many mistakes that could be made in such an account- without varnish or excessive self-focus. Researchers in the field would do well to hear it, giving, as it does, a personal account of having to go through treatments that are often seen as dry or theoretical facts from the researchers' side. One thing that could be disagreed with, is that cancer 'belongs' to the patient. 'Your' cancer it is not- considering that cancer cells have broken out of following the carefully-patterned rules of the cell, and are rogue cells- disobedient, malignant, invasive and destructive in their very essence. They no longer 'respect' other cells, or are of the same makeup any longer. The tension is well maintained in the account, to the end.
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