The Cancer Olympics

The Cancer Olympics

by Robin McGee


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National Indie Excellence Award Finalist (2016) for Cancer.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner (2016) for Best Inspirational.

Feathered Quill Book Awards Silver Medal for Best Inspirational (2016).

Book Excellence Award Finalist (2016) for Inspiration.

International Book Award Finalist (2015) for Health-Cancer.

Readers' Favorite Award Finalist (2015) for Grief-Hardship.

USA Best Book Award Finalist (2015) for Health-Cancer.

Listed in The 55 Best Self-Published Books of 2015 - Kirkus IndieReader.

Diagnosed with a late-stage cancer, after years of bungled and inadequate medical attention...and then to discover that the best-practice chemotherapy is not available in your province.

After her delayed diagnosis of colorectal cancer, Robin McGee reaches out to her community using a blog entitled "Robin's Cancer Olympics." Often uplifting and humourous, the blog posts and responses follow her into the harsh landscape of cancer treatment, medical regulation, and provincial politics. If she and her supporters are to be successful in lobbying the government for the chemotherapy, she must overcome many formidable and frightening hurdles. And time is running out. . .

A true story, The Cancer Olympics is a suspenseful and poignant treatment of an unthinkable situation, an account of advocacy and survival that explores our deepest values regarding democracy, medicine, and friendship.

Half of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460229149
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 03/26/2014
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 779,860
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Dr. Robin McGee is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, mother, wife, educator and friend. Living in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, she has been a dedicated clinician in health and education settings for over 25 years. Her work has included teaching at the university level and publishing in professional journals in her own field of child psychology. Since entering remission, she has been very active in patient advocacy, serving as the patient representative on several provincial and national initiatives aimed at improving standards of cancer care. She is also a peer support mentor and fundraiser on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society. The Cancer Olympics is her first - and hopefully her last - memoir of her cancer experiences....

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Robin McGee’s The Cancer Olympics is a memoir of her battle against not only cancer but inadequate healthcare that she unfortunately received. The negligence of her delayed diagnosis – no thanks to Doctors One, Two, Three and Four – cause a late stage tumor that could have been prevented and treated earlier. The medical providers had, unbelievably, failed her. From my perspective, they were unprofessional, arrogant and shockingly naive. She reaches out to her community through her blog “Robin's Cancer Olympics” where she shares her story and gains allies to overcome bungling medical politics. Robin actively seeks medical help for two years before she is correctly diagnosed.  The important message of The Cancer Olympics is that every patient needs to be proactive in their own treatment and find doctors who are truly ethical in their practice. This should be priority number one. We have the right to demand the best healthcare possible, and we should not be intimidated by medical providers who use their position in the healthcare system like some kind of an untouchable law.  Robin’s ordeal and success in battling cancer, as well as the flaws of the medical system, is truly an eye-opener. This is also a beautiful story about her family’s dedication, husband Andrew and son Austin. Through her flawless prose and deft narration, readers will find her memoir exceptional and well-written. As harsh as her struggle was, this is not a depressing memoir, but one that gives hope and advocates a patient’s rights and well-being. This is a must-read for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. McGee treads on terrain very few have or could.  Most books take a certain amount of pounding to get through, this one not only pulls you through but instills wisdom, insight and grace beyond belief. I have been a General Internist in private practice for 21 years, and think anyone in the Health Care Profession or involved with Policy at any level should read this book. You will feel, think, and start to dream about life differently after reading The Cancer Olympics. James Legan MD