Review

The cover of THE CANCER SOLUTION: Taking Charge of Your Life with Cancer by Dr. Jack C. Westman isn’t fancy. It doesn’t have to be. This is one of those times when you do not choose a book by its cover. The information is what is important and as I read each page in this book, my eyes were opened wider and wider.

You see, I have friends with cancer, and I have two rare blood disorders. My oncologist explained it to me as a double-edged sword. I may develop Leukemia if untreated or I may develop Leukemia if treated. I often wondered what my decision would be if I were faced with the dilemma of prolonging my life for any amount of time with chemotherapy or choosing not to do chemo and just enjoy the time I had left. I didn’t realize that it might one day become a reality. At that point, when you are sitting across from your doctor, receiving devastating news, all of your previous conceived notions take flight and you are suddenly forced into a state of shock and making decisions based on panic and not education. I didn’t want to be that person and for that reason alone, I am glad this book came through my email when it did.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, whether or not you or a loved one has experienced cancer.

Dr. Westman suffered through cancer alongside his wife and he learned a lot along the journey that would last more than twenty years. He then sat down to write a practical, easy to understand book to help others through their journey.

Dr. Westman discusses the health care system and enlightens the reader on the tug of war between doctors, hospitals, health care, patients, pharmaceuticals, and on and how each one of us has failed ourselves in the battle of cancer. There is no ONE person or entity to blame. It is a culmination of all put together. There is a wonderful Table of Contents for use once you’ve read the book.

Dr. Westman has compiled a book of research that will aid you in making the correct decision for you or a loved one with cancer. If I pointed out the most important things in the book, I would simply be reprinting the book in its entirety right here. I highly recommend this book to everyone, whether or not you or a loved one has experienced cancer. I think the information transcends illnesses.

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About the Reviewer

Donna McBroom-Theriot

Writer. Book Reviewer. Southern Lady. Connoisseur of Chocolate.

My Life is like an episode of “I love Lucy!” I’m a writer, book reviewer, and a Southern Lady who loves her Sweet Tea. My blog, My Life. One Story at a Time. is where I’ve been writing short stories since 2009. As luck would have it, the very first short story I wrote was published within months of my writing it.

This quote pretty much sums me up: “Deep in my heart, I know there’s no promise I’ll be free from trouble in this life. In fact, I’m usually either getting out of trouble, currently in trouble, or about to meet trouble around the next corner.” Well, you know that old saying, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” – that road is usually the one I’m on!

And, as much I used to mock (we all grow up eventually) the Cajun dialect, 15 years ago, I found myself marrying the sweetest Cajun boy – complete with the requisite white trawl boots and a trawl boat.

I love writing stories about the South and life with our two German Shepherds, and the four kids who meander in and out of our lives as they live their own journeys.

Most days you’ll find me out on the front porch swing, with the dogs at my feet, a tall glass of sweet iced tea close by, and a good book. It’s what life in the South is all about.
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