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Souvenirs of Suffering: A Child's Memoir of Surviving Cancer by Dazhoni Green is a heartrending and courageous story of a child overcoming brain cancer, and her journey through the disease with the support of her family, friends, teachers, hospital staff, camp counselors, and countless others who extended their loving hands. This memoir is about gratitude, faith, empathy, and facing the illness before and after surgery. Written from the child's point of view, this memoir will keep readers inspired and make them understand how precious life is. The author's messages of having a new perspective on life, not taking anything for granted, and developing a heart that cares deeply for others, even for those she hardly knows, are uplifting and encouraging and will give readers many reasons to appreciate life.
The book is a reminder of what the author had gone through or 'souvenirs' as she has named them. She is honest and straightforward while speaking about the illness and reading her book will instill courage in many readers who find themselves in similar situations. Her trauma and pain are tangible to readers through the book, not to mention her courage and strength while going through the struggles and difficulties associated with the illness. Her step by step journey through cancer and the helplessness that she experienced during those times will bring readers to tears. The author's personality, her way of looking at life, and the lessons she learned from cancer will keep readers glued to the book until the very last page.