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The Cancer Olympics
Title : The Cancer Olympics
Author : Robin McGee
Publisher : FriesenPress
Country : Canada
Language : English
ISBN/ISSN : 978-1460229149
Published year : 2014
Number of pages : 368
Book subject : non-fiction
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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.

"A page-turner...genuinely inspiring and uplifting...a David vs Goliath story...part drama, part mystery, part comedy, part suspense, and part research. A brilliant read and an exceptional well-written story." - The Chronicle Herald -

Author's Profile:
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 fund-raiser on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society. The Cancer Olympics is her first - and hopefully her last – memoir of her cancer experiences.