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Shaken Not Stirred: A Chemo Cocktail by Joules Evans

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Fewer sentences can deliver such horror as this one: “You have cancer.”  After waking up one morning and feeling a lump on her chest, Joules Evans makes an appointment for a mammogram (at forty-two, it was her first – she strongly advises all women to make them part of your annual routine now!).  What follows is Joules’ story of what happens when cancer enters a person’s life – in an instant, everything is turned on its head.  As prevalent as cancer is in today’s world, we live our lives believing that it won’t ever happen to us.  And then your diagnosis comes, and it just doesn’t make sense.  Perhaps you had assumed that you would always be there to provide for your children, but cancer has a way of reminding us how fleeting life can be.  In the face of such a terrifying foe, many would be tempted to turn tail and hide, or cower in the closet until the end comes for them.  But Joules’ responses was something else entirely: she chose to greet cancer with humor and strength, cracking jokes and keeping her family positive throughout all the surgery and chemotherapy.  In the end, Shaken Not Stirred proves that there’s no cure like optimism.

This is a book you’ll want to buy in bulk.  Maybe you know someone who is currently battling cancer.  Or, maybe you’re facing down the enemy yourself.  Shaken Not Stirred shows how a family is affected by cancer, with quotes and thoughts from Joules’ friends and family members.  The only way to win is if you have allies fighting alongside you; this isn’t a war you can win alone.  Despite the subject material – or, more likely, in spite of – this book is laugh-out-loud funny.  Joules talks about her many chemotherapy treatments, and how it’s no coincidence that superheroes also have a tendency to drink radioactive cocktails.  Cancer doesn’t change who you are – it only makes you stronger.

To purchase a copy of Shaken Not Stirred, click here to find it on Amazon.