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The Long Road Back To Boston: Running Marathons with Leukemia by Phillip Fields Ph.D. is a spellbinding memoir that follows the author’s journey after receiving the devastating news that his days are numbered. How do you react when you know you have five to seven years left to live and that pursuing your passion can actually shorten your life? In 2008, while seated in an oncologist’s office at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, Phillip Fields is told that he has leukemia and will soon require chemotherapy, with a life expectancy in his cell markers of five to seven years. He is advised to stop running for fear of experiencing a hemorrhage or spleen rupture to make matters worse. This book is a tale of triumph and an unusual answer to the author’s health conundrum. In fact, Fields sets out to do just the opposite of what the doctor and anyone would expect.
The Long Road Back To Boston is a powerful memoir that shares the author’s journey toward living life against the odds. Tapping into his inner core and allowing his mind to trump his body, the author goes on to embrace his passion. This book documents his adventures as he runs 51 marathons in 47 months in every state and DC. The book is filled with stories and anecdotes. The author offers fresh perspectives on life and dealing with a debilitating illness. There are potent lessons woven into this story, including the power of the mind over the body, the art of setting and achieving goals, dealing with bad decisions, and more. The beauty of human interaction, the power of love, and brotherhood are themes deftly explored during the journey. The Long Road Back To Boston: Running Marathons with Leukemia highlights a man who refuses to yield to illness: it is a tale of courage, inner freedom, and adventure, replete with lessons that everyone should learn, especially those suffering from cancer. The message of hope in Phillip Fields’s memoir will hit home with readers.