Two More Years

Non-Fiction - Memoir
276 Pages
Reviewed on 06/25/2022
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Author Biography

EC Stilson has authored ten novels, and three of her memoirs, in THE GOLDEN SKY TRILOGY, have become No. 1 bestsellers on Amazon for women’s memoir. Since 2011, through her writing, fundraisers, book donations, and national radio interviews, EC Stilson has helped raise thousands of dollars for organizations such as Angel Watch, the Pregnancy Resource Center, the American Diabetes Association, and Primary Children’s Hospital. When she’s not working as an editor, parenting, fiddling, or writing, she is speaking at events or encouraging families at infant loss support groups.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Two More Years is a memoir by EC Stilson that details her journey as she battles cancer and learns to live again. Elisa Stilson was married to Mike and had four kids already when she was diagnosed with stage four melanoma. After many bad diagnoses and wishing for Doctor House to be real, Elisa’s oncologist finally figured out what was wrong with her and gave her two years to live. With cancer now spread to her spine and brain, there wasn’t much hope for her. However, Elisa decided to live the most in the remaining time she had, share happiness with her children, and talk with other terminally ill people. While she had no idea what life had in store for her, Elisa decided she would live the remainder of her days on her terms and not as a hopeless mess.

Two More Years is just a beautiful and emotional memoir. Author Elisa Stilson lets her words guide the reader through her story. From her diagnosis to the hopeful ending, she lays her heart bare for the world to read and take courage from. I loved how even when she received her diagnosis, Elisa wasn’t screaming and angry at the world (although she was rightfully shocked). My heart broke when I read that radiation scene, and I hope she and no one ever has to go through it. She decided to battle on and that she would not be a victim. Her determination, courage, and her hope were all very inspirational. Although a seasoned author, Elisa didn’t use any big words or tried to sound intellectual. She laid down the facts in the simplest of words so that more and more people can understand what she says and take courage. I hope we all find a Mike to be by our side.

Emma Megan

Two More Years by EC Stilson is a heart-rending memoir about a strong woman facing a life-changing diagnosis while trying to break the cycle of feeling broken. Several doctors told Elisa Stilson that nothing was wrong with her. But after a few months, an oncologist told her that she would die within two years. At only thirty-seven, she was diagnosed with stage four melanoma. In this memoir, Elisa describes what it's like to go through radiation, how serious melanoma is, and the internal and physical struggles she had to face. She also tells the reason why she doesn’t believe that Jesus is the son of God and how hard it was for her to deal with other people's judgment and audacity to take advantage of her condition. But despite those ugly experiences, Elisa was able to discover how to truly live again.

Even though, cancer robbed her of many things, including her hair, strength, dignity, and many opportunities to do the things that would make her happy, EC Stilson's determination to live to see her four kids grow up and to make the most of whatever time she had left is one of the most valuable life lessons one can receive. I'm so grateful for reading this uplifting and poignant memoir. Two More Years by EC Stilson made me aware of the importance of positivity and what price one is truly willing to pay to keep on living. This memoir is a precious life lesson for me as it made me realize that a mother's strength is unimaginable and that my legacy shouldn't be about the trouble I caused but about the good I could do.

Bernadette Longu

Two More Years by E.C. Stilson is a very powerful, thought-provoking book that shows how much we place on ourselves, trying to be perfect and trying to be what society wants us to be instead of just being who God wants us to be. From the first page to the last, the reader will be compelled to keep on reading but then will need time to absorb what they have just read. But they will keep coming back to it.

Two More Years offers courage and hope not only to those who are fighting serious diseases but also to those people who suffer from depression and self-doubt. The author takes the reader on a journey that is filled with tears, laughter, and anger, with people who refuse to accept that life is not always doom and gloom and sad faces. There is such a wonderful way to view the world with joy, love, hope, and freedom to be the best you can be without always having to be something you are not.

E.C. Stilson has given many people in this world the hope and courage to find ways to cope with whatever fate and life throw at them by not giving up or giving in, and always trying to find good in whatever happens, no matter what it is. Life does not always make it easy to find fun and joy, but with a hand in God’s hand and trust and faith in Him, the author shows us that we can. Thank you for this most amazing, inspiring book; it is a very treasured read. It made me do a lot of thinking and helped me come to terms with things in my life.