Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

by Melinda Marchiano



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984271207
Publisher: Happy Quail
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Pages: 287
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Melinda Marchiano lives in the rolling, oak-studded hills of the Central Coast of California. Homeschooled up until high school, Melinda had the freedom to write and to create from a young age. Melinda dances six days a week and performs with the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo and San Luis Jazz. As a childhood cancer survivor, Melinda gives thanks for her life by speaking and fundraising for organizations such as the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, the Children's Miracle Network, and American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

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Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
dmmcknight More than 1 year ago
I love this book and would say to anyone wanting to know the journey one goes through should read this. I smiled and cried reading this. To read through ones own words is inspiring and courageous.
BigJohn57 More than 1 year ago
I first learned of Melinda's battle 5 or 6 weeks ago. She was an inspiration. After reading her well written book I am even more impressed with her tenacity and fortitude. The book is a roller coaster of emotions. From laughter, to tears, to compassion. It is an adventure like no other.
writestuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Melinda Marchiano was only thirteen years old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma ¿ a cancer of the immune system. What followed was four courses of chemotherapy, as well as fourteen days of radiation¿a debilitating string of treatments which left Marchiano weak, ill, and emotionally and physically exhausted. Throughout her ordeal, she clung to the support of her family, friends and the medical professionals who led her through the medical maze of tests and treatments. She also relied on her quirky sense of humor, the therapy dogs who snuggled with her in her hospital bed (as well as her own dog Larry who instinctively knew when she needed him the most), and her growing faith in God. In Grace: A Child¿s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, Marchiano takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster of what it is like to confront childhood cancer and win.Yes, cancer is a roller coaster, and it seems that when you¿re not at the highest or the lowest point, you¿re in rapid transit either up or down. - from the ARC of Grace, page 281 -Marchiano¿s story is not an easy one to read. It is difficult to hear her pain and fear. It is mind-numbing to think of the aggressive chemotherapy which made her sicker before it made her better. Despite this, Marchiano treats her readers to the silver linings beneath the dark clouds.Cancer is battle after battle, struggle after struggle. And then, something beautiful happens that keeps you going. - from the ARC of Grace, page 124 -Melinda Marchiano is not just a cancer survivor ¿ she is also a gifted dancer who found dance to be a motivator through the dark days of illness¿the light at the end of the tunnel. There were dark days of depression, the spiral into an eating disorder, and the struggle to find joy again¿but through it all was Marchiano¿s love of dance.Grace is a memoir from the heart of a young girl. Melinda Marchiano¿s voice jumps off the page with its honesty. I never forgot I was reading the words of a teenager who showed remarkable courage and determination in her fight against cancer. Marchiano spares the reader nothing, and because of this, I must caution readers who might be just starting their own journey through cancer. I think this is a book which can provide hope to others, but may be hard to read for those who have not reached the other side of their cancer treatment. The words and emotions are scary. And so, for some, this might be a memoir which would best be read in retrospective¿after they¿ve traveled their own road through cancer.The writing in Grace is sometimes uneven (although it should be noted I read an Advance Readers Edition, not a finished copy)¿it is very much the voice of its author. Despite this, there were moments of enlightenment and brilliance; times when I paused in my reading and marveled at the maturity of this fourteen-year old¿s observations of the world.Readers who wish to take Marchiano¿s journey with her will be rewarded to a glimpse inside a young girl¿s heart.
Yazmid More than 1 year ago
What can I say! This book is beyond description, it is a must read! It is a story of courage, faith, love, the battle within yourself, and what touched me the most the love between a daughter and mother! Melinda's journey is one that she shares so eloquently it will make you cry and laugh. Melinda's personality shines right through and you will feel like you know her. You learn of her love for dance and how hard she worked to be able to continue. One would never think that once treatment was over there was another battle to endure, a great book to bring out awareness to Childhood Cancer and to see how a child is truly affected by this awful disease. Melinda you are truly an inspiration!!!
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson In Grace: a memoir, then thirteen-year-old Melinda Marchiano tells her story. First she was sick and weak. So she went to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was wrong. And after several appointments, she received the diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Melinda takes the reader through her entire journey. Her surgeries, chemo, transfusions, loss of hair, her high moments, and her darkest hours. Through it all, she fought to hold tight to God, her family, and ballet. The subtitle of this novel is: "A child's intimate journey through cancer and recovery." That's exactly what it was. I felt like I knew Melinda by the time I closed the book. Her story of courage and faith is honest and inspiring. The book is filled with pictures, showing us the fun moments Melinda had while trying to live each day to its fullest. The pictures of her doing ballet are stunning. She amazes me. I'm wiser to have shared this journey with her by reading her story. We could all learn a lot about life from Melinda. We all have a story. I'm so thankful that Melinda shared hers with us all. I highly recommend you check this book out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly engaging and uplifting book eloquently and powerfully written with complete honesty and humour by a most courageous young lady. A book of words which do not hide the struggles cancer brought into her life but also words of hope, joy and absolute love. A book whose words left an imprint on my heart, whose words made me both laugh out loud and cry but above all reminded me what it is like to live life with my heart. It is more than a book, it is a gift of lessons to us all.