- 368 pages
- Black & White
- 6.0 x 9.0 inches
- 978-1-4602-2913-2 Hardcover
- 978-1-4602-2914-9 Paperback
- 978-1-4602-2915-6 eBook
- Biography & Autobiography, Medical
- Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs
- Health & Fitness, Diseases, Cancer
Colon cancer, Rectal cancer, Cancer memoir, Advocacy, Social media, Political change, Social support
The Cancer Olympics
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.
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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