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The Dogs of Cancer: Dancing with Medullary Thyroid Cancer
     

The Dogs of Cancer: Dancing with Medullary Thyroid Cancer

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by William Kenly
 

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Coming out of the fog and disorientation of general anesthesia from the operation, three words sliced into my comprehension with absolute clarity:

Medullary Thyroid Cancer


"The Dogs of Cancer" is a book of hope.

While it is about a specific and fairly rare form of Thyroid Cancer, Medullary Thyroid Cancer, in a larger sense it is about

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Coming out of the fog and disorientation of general anesthesia from the operation, three words sliced into my comprehension with absolute clarity:

Medullary Thyroid Cancer


"The Dogs of Cancer" is a book of hope.

While it is about a specific and fairly rare form of Thyroid Cancer, Medullary Thyroid Cancer, in a larger sense it is about all cancers. There is a chapter on:

1. General, holistic understanding of cancer, including nutrition and environment but especially about the recently established causal role that stress plays in developing cancers.

2. Another chapter is on "Cancer Humor", that out-of-the-box brand of humor that only people facing their own mortality can enjoy.

3. An important chapter about caregivers elegantly brings to light the psychological and emotional pressures on a cancer person's primary support.

4. A favorite chapter, and it's more of a rant, is about the things people say, usually with the best of intentions, to someone with cancer.


"Medullary Thyroid Cancer". These three words changed author William Kenly's life as he began a very intimate journey of personal discovery. Some friends would move closer, some would distance themselves. Some people would open up and share their deepest secrets because he now belonged to their "meddie" club, and other people would move against him, driven by the bully inside as they saw a vulnerable target. Kenly suffered at the hands of incompetent doctors having unnecessary procedures and treatments. He was steered away from nutrition and other alternative medical treatments, but he also met doctors whose advice about this rare disease was insightful to the point of ethereal vision.

The Dogs of Cancer is a courageously open and uplifting personal exploration of cancer and its effects on not only the cancer patient but the lives of those around him. The book explores dealing with cancer, and MTC in particular, but it also delves into the rewards of spiritual growth. The reader will discover glimpses of an inner god-consciousness, a spirit that leaps from the part of us that routinely handles the everyday triumphs and tragedies, and connects the day-to-day routine with universal energy and understanding. This beautifully written memoir assures the reader that although "cancer sucks," it can lead to a better understanding of self and the universe that surrounds us.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016362687
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/20/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
186
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

William Kenly is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Dogs of Divorce (2010) and The Dogs of Luck (2012). The Dogs of Business is due out in 2014. Kenly was diagnosed with MTC in 2008 and writes frequently on the subject. He and his wife live north of Boston in their empty-nest home abutting a state park. They enjoy biking, kayaking, skiing, traveling, and watching their four 20-something-year-old children start their own adult lives.

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The Dogs of Cancer: Dancing with Medullary Thyroid Cancer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite In The Dogs of Cancer, author William Kenly gives the reader a personal glance into the experience of medullary thyroid cancer. He tells of learning about the cancer and then exploring the various treatments available. There are statistics of the prevalence of the disease as well as suggestions on treatment, based upon the severity and pervasiveness of the disease. Kenly describes his confusion about the disease and how he and his wife attempted to get information via multiple resources and then went "doctor-shopping." Coming to terms with a new definition of himself as a person with cancer was a big part of the journey for the author. The description of the thyroid mapping was explained in detail and there are sketches to accompany the author's experience during the procedure. Surgical and post-surgical sensations allow the reader a glimpse into the procedures essential to discovering the extent of potential damage. There was an incredible amount of personal accounting in the book, such that those afraid to go through the procedure might find some sense of comfort in knowing what to expect. For those wanting to know more about the disease itself (medullary thyroid cancer or MTC), they may want to seek out additional sources. Perhaps the most helpful chapter to those actually going through the experience is the one about using humor to get through the ugliness of the procedures and recovery. The most poignant of the chapters was undoubtedly that of how those with MTC die. For those wanting just plain facts, the book may need to be supplemented, but for those wanting a personal, raw accounting of the experience itself, this just might be the book for you.