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Round The Twist: Memoir Of A Young Colon Cancer Survivor is written by Lisa Febre, a musician who wrote as a hobby and felt what she believed were the normal cramps that people feel when they need to relieve themselves or during the cycle of menstruation. She soon discovered that pain is one of the symptoms of colon cancer. As she walked through the journey, she realized what the nurses meant when they told her she looked great. Even with her hair gone and the cancer still there, she noticed how others in the same condition were barely hanging on. The reality of how lucky she was, even while still ill, had set in. With odds she didn’t know or understand stacked against her, she powered her way through the surgeries that would inevitably change her life.
Round The Twist is one of the most inspirational stories of cancer survival that I have ever read. The knowledge that surviving such a death sentence was achievable, coupled with the events that led the author to each of her surgeries, made this memoir impossible to put down. I love that Lisa Febre chose to share her amazing story of survival and the painful journey that got her to where she is now. That in itself is highly commendable. The amount of courage it takes to face a diagnosis of cancer and then write about it after surviving it shows how resilient the human body and spirit can be. I recommend Round The Twist to anyone who loves true stories so that they can learn something new, and I hope that Febre chooses to continue writing because she is as talented as an author as she is a musician.