Motherhood Exaggerated by Judith Hannan is anything BUT what I expected. It is one of three memoirs that I have read and of those, it is one of three that I have enjoyed!
When I agreed to do a review of this book and then immediately though, "Oh, no! I'm going to have to read a sad book now!" (I'm notorious for turning down even the classics if they are too sad.) I was so pleasantly surprised by this memoir though! From the surprising discovery of the problem, to the author putting the pieces together--the signs she wonders if she would have questioned sooner--to the struggle through diagnosis and her motherly roles, this book was a well-written, eloquently worded read. Hannan uses candor when writing about the entire experience, thus making it real and familiar, even to those readers without having experienced a personal encounter with cancer.
This book is so elegantly written, every chapter was woven together neatly with a thread of gold. I generally skim everything leading up to the first words of the first chapter--even the Introduction and Forward had my attention from the start. I really love that the author has a journal entry with date for each chapter as it starts--it helps to validate the entire journey and makes the chronicling more real for the reader, as if you are solving a mystery, and because you know what the eventual outcome will be.
My heart goes out to Judith and Nadia and and everyone that has or is battling the wretched disease today. I would recommend this to those struggling. Those that need hope.
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