Review of Blood Brother: A Memoir

Following is an official review of Blood Brother: A Memoir by Susan Keller.

I give this book a resounding 4 out of 4 stars.

Blood Brother: A Memoir was written by Susan Keller. This is a non-fiction book that detailed her journey as a cancer patient. Susan was diagnosed with lymphoma, and she traced that her grandmother also went through this dangerous illness called cancer. To survive, she would need a bone marrow transplant. What would be the role of her brother, Johnny, in her predicament?

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A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles

Mary Elizabeth Williams’s memoir, A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles, about her devastating bouts with malignant melanoma is equally heartbreaking and hilarious. “I’m in the waiting room in my F-CANCER shirt and magical butt-flattering Lululemon Groove pants, which is as close to being in my pajamas in public as I feel I can pull off.”

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Lymphoma Notes, June 21, 2021

Results of My Diagnostic CT Scan Dr. Arent, a tall, handsome doctor—who could have made good money on General Hospital—enters my room. He has the dubious good fortune of giving me the outcome of my diagnostic CT scan. “I have your results,” he says thumbing through papers before rolling them into a tube that he…

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Lymphoma Notes, June 3, 2021

Sixteen Years a Survivor!

In my last post, I’d just been hospitalized for emergency transfusions only hours after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

Being hospitalized is its own crushing experience. If you’ve been there, and I’ll bet you have, you know about how your identity is smudged and blurred the moment your step into a hospital room. The first thing is the gown.

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Lymphoma Notes, May 29, 2021

In 2005, I woke one morning with what I thought—courtesy of Google—was a minor kidney infection. All I needed was a bottle of antibiotics and I’d be fine. Twenty minutes after entering my doctor’s office, she told me I had Stage 4 lymphoma. Blood work revealed a hemoglobin level so low that a heart attack…

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Despite No Sex, We Were Never So Married

My husband, Dan, wearing the navy-blue Armani suit I bought him, walked into the kitchen. We kissed, then I poured him a glass of chardonnay and myself a sauvignon blanc. Over dinner, I asked about work. He told me a colleague was retiring. “That’s great,” I said. “You’re next in line.” “I don’t know,” he…

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The One Person Who Could Save My Life

I had it all—or thought I did. At 55, I was happily married and at the top of my career as a medical writer. But one morning I awoke with blinding back pain. A Google search led me to self-diagnose a kidney infection. I booked a doctor’s appointment, resentful of the disruption for nothing more than antibiotics.…

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We Can’t Do It All—Play to Your Strengths

My memoir, Blood Brother, was accepted for publication this past spring. The tag line of the book: To survive, I had to find a brother who hadn’t been seen in thirty years. I was desperately sick and needed a bone marrow transplant from someone who had vanished. But this blog is also about you and…

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