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

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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...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.”

Ode, August 2009
“Tells the story of how [Schimmel] kept his wicked sense of humor after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213187
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 774,997
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    This is a must read for anyone who is presently going through cancer treatment or is a survivor!!!

    I cannot say enough about this book. Funny in parts to the point of hysterical laughter, touching in parts and brutally honest are what comes to mind when I think about this wonderful book. While Robert Schimmel's humor is sometimes a little on the "blue" side, you have to have a sense of humor during your "journey" -- it will be what helps you get through this madness. This is an excellent read and every chemo suite should have it for people to read. I have great admiration for Mr. Schimmel because he is opening a window on his life and letting us have a brief look to show that there is always hope and you just have to stay positive and enjoy each day to the fullest!!

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Awesome, Awesome, Inspiring story for any member of the family going through cancer treatments

    This was a awesome book for any family member to read. It made us laugh and cry at the same time. Very easy read, all of us read in less than a day. Robert Schimmel is truely a hero in the fight against cancer.

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