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A book review of Brain Candy: One Woman’s hilarious and harrowing journey through cancer and Alzheimers by Deidre Allen Timmons

A book review of Brain Candy: One Woman's hilarious and harrowing journey through cancer and Alzheimers by Deidre Allen TimmonsStars: *****

Lemonbird Press (2019)
Memoir
336 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: While fighting an aggressive brain tumor, Deirdre must care for her mother with advanced Alzheimer’s, raise her teenage daughter, and help her husband chase a new dream – opening a barbecue restaurant. Her greatest defense is her sense of humor in this tender memoir chronicling life struggles that are often tragic – but can still be very funny. Grab a tissue and take a ride as one batty broad battles her way through the tragicomic trials of her most perilous adventure yet – brain cancer.

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Everyone knows brain cancer is scary but I didn’t really just how scary and horrible having it was till I read this book. So be warned it will scare you. At the same time, I found it reassuring to see how despite all the terrible things that were happneing to her, she was able to get through it with the help of friends and family and trying to enjoy her life, however little of it she has left.

I was genuinely shocked at what the MRI, chemo and radiation were like. Anyone who has never gone through it or had an immediuate family member or friend go through it really has no idea. She tries eastern medicine practices as well as the typical western so if you are interested in learning about what eastern medicine says to do for brain cancer, you’ll find out.

At the same time, the author is taking care of her very confused mother who has advanced Alzheimers. My grandmother has some mild general dementia but I wasn’t prepared for how bad Alzheimer’s can get. I can’t believe she was able to pull herself together to be there for her mom with everything she was going through. What a strong woman!

The book was riveting and shocking at the same time and I read it pretty fast. Wow.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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