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Cancer on Five Dollars a Day (chemo not included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life
     

Cancer on Five Dollars a Day (chemo not included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life

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by Robert Schimmel, Alan Eisenstock
 
In the spring of 2000, stand-up comedian Robert Schimmel was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and soon the fire of his white-hot career started to fizzle.

But Schimmel never lost his sense of humor, his searing honesty, and most of all, his passion to make people laugh. Indeed, it was his basic need to entertain—even if the only people

Overview

In the spring of 2000, stand-up comedian Robert Schimmel was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and soon the fire of his white-hot career started to fizzle.

But Schimmel never lost his sense of humor, his searing honesty, and most of all, his passion to make people laugh. Indeed, it was his basic need to entertain—even if the only people around him were suffering from cancer and the room he was playing was the Mayo Clinic infusion center—that carried him through his ordeal.

Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving, Cancer on 5 a Day is a stirring account of how one man's face-off with a deadly disease helped him better understand himself, and ultimately changed his life.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Nashville Tennessean, 1/30/09
“Offers an edgy, humorous look at [Schimmel’s] battle with the disease.”

InfoDad.com, 1/29/09
“Personal, profane, often overdone and equally often hilarious…The book bursts with life, and its message of fighting back—coupled with its equally strong message of trying anything when you have nothing to lose—is sure to resonate with families dealing with any type of serious disease, not just cancer.”

OpEdNews.com, 2/5/09
“Incredibly interesting and very, very funny…While this is not what I’d call a light read, it is anything but grim. It’s the story of an extraordinary man who is painfully honest about himself, his illness, and how it changed him. It’s the archetypal human drama; the hero and the telling are beautiful but raw…I highly recommend Schimmel’s book. You’ll get to know him and learn something, all while laughing your head off.”

Blogcritics.org, 3/21/09
“A very fast read…[Schimmel] tells his story without pulling any punches…Cancer on 5 a Day is written in a friendly, relaxed manner that helps the reader to immediately empathize with Schimmel's plight.”

Omaha World Herald, 3/26/09
“Schimmel spilled a goulash of emotions, thoughts, observations and roguish jokes into his paperback.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738212661
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
794,458
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Schimmel was named one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Comics. He is a regular on Howard Stern and Conan O'Brien. He lives in Los Angeles.

Alan Eisenstock is the author of several nonfiction works. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Cancer on Five Dollars a Day* *(chemo not included): How Humor Got Me through the Toughest Journey of My Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Christine Saunders More than 1 year ago
I laughed, cried, was terrified and uplifted in 123 pages. Anyone personally touched by cancer, be it themselves or a friend or family member should read this...
GARDEN-GRANNIE More than 1 year ago
I must say I honestly never heard of Robert Schimmler till I came acros this book. Not sure what drew me to buy it, but very happy I did. It is a brutally honest look at what it is like to battle Cancer. It will make you laugh out loud and at times bring you close to tears. Once I picked it up, I could not but it down, I finished it in less than half a day. Bought it on "bargain books" list. Best $1.99 I ever spent. I highly recommend this book, you won't be disappointed.
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