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Book Review: Cancer: It’s A Good Thing I Got It! by David A. Koop

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How many people who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness can look at it as a positive experience? It takes a pretty remarkable individual to see past the obvious and find the goodness, beauty and meaning in all the pain, suffering and unrelenting tests of will and faith. In his new book, Cancer: It’s a Good Thing I Got It!: The Life Story Of A Very Lucky Man, David A. Koop does just that. Written with humor, honesty and heart-felt emotion, the book chronicles Koop’s life journey to date. Highlighting the good, bad and ugly, Koop reveals the tenacity and fortitude it took for him to persevere through his many ups and downs, making it clear to his readers that he is not only a survivor, but a thriver as well.

A self-made, successful entrepreneur, Koop’s early years were filled with colorful, interesting and insightful experiences. Graduating “magna cum laude” from the “School of Hard Knocks,” Koop took advantage of every opportunity that came his way and through guts, determination and at times, chutzpah, he managed to build and run numerous successful companies without any formal business education. So, when faced with the unthinkable diagnosis of a deadly, rare form of bone cancer, Koop attacked this life-altering challenge the same way he approached all the other situations he encountered throughout his life —  head-on, practical and determined.

Koop’s recounting of his diagnosis, prognosis, surgeries, treatments, complications and long-term effects, gives the reader honest insight as to what the cancer patient is experiencing, feeling emotionally and physically and what this individual needs from those around him. Koop provides excellent advice on what friends and loved ones can do to help, appropriate things to say and how to behave around someone who is ill.

However, this is not the sole focus or purpose of Cancer. Foremost, Koop wants his readers to discover, realize and cherish what is truly important in life — living with love, determination, hope and appreciation no matter what challenges present themselves along the way. This is a book everyone should read and whose message needs to be taken to heart.

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