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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer is a memoir penned by author Diane M. Simard, one which chronicles a real life experience with the disease of the book’s title. Simard confesses an incredible amount of raw personal experience in this emotive and inspirational tale of being at a mid-life stage and suddenly awakening to the reality of mortality and the meaning of life. From the journey of reflection over her first five decades on the planet to the process of treatment for cancer and what happened after it was complete, readers will be drawn into the varied emotions of Simard and those around her as she realizes many things about what she terms ‘her true self’.
The book certainly lives up to its title as author Diane M. Simard explores the numerous silver linings that surviving the debilitating and emotionally draining ordeal of stage three breast cancer had for her. As a powerful woman who has had many interesting and influential careers, Simard’s true realizations about success, motivation and inspiration come as she undergoes the cancer treatment process and considers what it might mean if her life is now cut unexpectedly short. The book is well balanced, highly emotive but also not so much that it becomes unreadable, and the inspirational qualities of her story are told in real terms which make them very engaging and almost practical to read about. Overall, The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer is certainly an unlikely gift of a read, and certain to inspire anyone who journeys through it.