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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Anything But Pink: On Becoming a Cancer Survivor by Renée and Ron Keel is a candid and profound memoir detailing the journey following a breast cancer diagnosis. In December 2016, Renée Keel was diagnosed with a type of breast cancer known as Invasive Ductal Carcinoma which was in her right breast and had invaded the breast tissue. From the devastating news that would change their lives forever, the memoir shows both Renée's and Ron’s perspectives throughout the process of treatment. It goes deeper to reveal Renée’s thoughts and learning points at every stage of treatment. Ron also shares his journey of pursuing his music career while doing everything he could to be there and support his wife. Uplifting comments from friends and people who posted online to encourage the family are also included at the end of each chapter.
Anything But Pink is an amazing memoir that instills hope for patients of cancer and caregivers. It is written systematically from the initial stage of the cancer diagnosis to what follows after the elimination of cancer in the body. Renée’s remarkable courage through it all is inspiring and Ron’s support throughout the whole process gives caregivers of cancer patients important insight on what they can do to support their loved ones. The memoir also includes many aspects that cancer patients have to consider, from selecting a wig to the vulnerability that comes with a cancer diagnosis. Anything But Pink by Renée and Ron Keel gives two sides of the process - the patient’s and the caregiver’s - and offers a comprehensive look into a breast cancer treatment journey that is invaluable to all whose lives have been affected by cancer.