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I thought I knew cancer. After all, I'd lived it. And when I went into remission, I thought I was in the clear. It wouldn't be long before I could get back to a normal life and rejoin my friends. However, I soon learned cancer was only the beginning. Not long after I returned home, my lungs started failing. The cure was killing me. Extreme treatments prevented an all-but-cer I thought I knew cancer. After all, I'd lived it. And when I went into remission, I thought I was in the clear. It wouldn't be long before I could get back to a normal life and rejoin my friends. However, I soon learned cancer was only the beginning. Not long after I returned home, my lungs started failing. The cure was killing me. Extreme treatments prevented an all-but-certain death, but at great cost: 100 pounds of weight gain, emotional and mental trauma, and a bone disease for which joint replacements were the only fix. Though I was in physical and mental agony after my release from the hospital, I decided to try to piece together a life worth living. One where I could be happy, could joke about my condition, could have the best parking spots. Maybe even one day hold the supremely enviable world record for most joints replaced. But none of that could happen until I picked myself up. The only question was: could I?


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I thought I knew cancer. After all, I'd lived it. And when I went into remission, I thought I was in the clear. It wouldn't be long before I could get back to a normal life and rejoin my friends. However, I soon learned cancer was only the beginning. Not long after I returned home, my lungs started failing. The cure was killing me. Extreme treatments prevented an all-but-cer I thought I knew cancer. After all, I'd lived it. And when I went into remission, I thought I was in the clear. It wouldn't be long before I could get back to a normal life and rejoin my friends. However, I soon learned cancer was only the beginning. Not long after I returned home, my lungs started failing. The cure was killing me. Extreme treatments prevented an all-but-certain death, but at great cost: 100 pounds of weight gain, emotional and mental trauma, and a bone disease for which joint replacements were the only fix. Though I was in physical and mental agony after my release from the hospital, I decided to try to piece together a life worth living. One where I could be happy, could joke about my condition, could have the best parking spots. Maybe even one day hold the supremely enviable world record for most joints replaced. But none of that could happen until I picked myself up. The only question was: could I?

51 review for Surviving the Cure: Cancer was Easy,* Living is Hard

  1. 5 out of 5

    Teena Kennedy

    -?- was Easy, People who have survived difficult times have experienced a part of life that exposes truths we do not often talk about. I was interested in what insights I might find in hearing this story. I will be thinking about a few things in my life that I may need to start looking at in a different way. This is not a book about cancer. It is a book about living.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jade de la Rosa

    A marvelously candid book that ventures into what it really means to go through cancer, then live a purposeful life *after* cancer–something that few books present. I finished this book in two days, eager to read more. The narrator is incredibly witty and will have you laughing about gross medical procedures while crying over the double-edged sword that is "the cure." A marvelously candid book that ventures into what it really means to go through cancer, then live a purposeful life *after* cancer–something that few books present. I finished this book in two days, eager to read more. The narrator is incredibly witty and will have you laughing about gross medical procedures while crying over the double-edged sword that is "the cure."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Diaz

    A powerful, poignant, and darkly-humorous story of not just the battle against cancer, but the years of emotional and physical trauma that come afterward, when a cancer survivor becomes a fighter against the cure that saved his life. Everyone should read this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    April Brown

    ******Goodreads Giveaway******* This is a very vivid story of what it is to have cancer, survive and life after. Thankful that someone wrote about this perspective so that those of us that are friends of survivors can better understand. The only thing I didn’t like was the excessive use of the “f” word. Just not my thing. But thanks for sharing your story!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bette Isacoff

    The Whole Truth As an RN, I am always trying to warn people about the "do everything possible" mentality, because they usually have no idea what "everything" can mean. Bundy does it beautifully. The Whole Truth As an RN, I am always trying to warn people about the "do everything possible" mentality, because they usually have no idea what "everything" can mean. Bundy does it beautifully.

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    Ted

    A gritty look at surviving cancer An eye opening look at what our teenagers go through during treatment as well as a tongue in cheek poke at the Doctors delivering it. Well worth the read.

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