Below is the review I gave to Brain Tumours for Dummys by Daniel Lewis. Due to the nature of amazon's review policy, I kept any hint of knowing the background to this author out of it. I did not know Dan, but one of his nieces has been my youngest daughter's best friend since Reception year - they are now at college(!) - and through that link I have got to know a few of the family. I have known of his battle with this tumour for a while, usually via the Facebook updates from his sister and it was through her I also discovered he had written a book. Sadly Dan passed away recently and I finally got round to purchasing his story. I wish I'd bought it sooner. Everything I say below is an honest opinion, regardless of the small link I have to the family. I would urge anyone to read it. It puts so many of life's problems in perspective and makes you appreciative of what you have.
It also brought to mind an old friend of mine, and one of my husband's childhood friends, who also succumbed to a brain tumour at the age of only 29. We still keep in touch with his Mum and even now, see how much of a loss he is to her and always will be. To witness a parent losing a child at any age is tough.
This book was written before Dan lost his battle but it is not depressing, despite the subject matter. He has provided an honest account of how he coped and there is much in there that might help anybody else going through the same sort of thing; not least all the addresses and organisations which offer support listed at the back. There is also much to raise a smile. I know the family are proud of him and, having read this, rightly so.
Brain Tumours for Dummys by Daniel Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Powerful and Moving
A raw and honest personal account. Despite the horrors of living with a brain tumour, Dan writes with an inspirational and entertaining style. He shares the lows of radiotherapy with the highs of becoming a father of triplets, the ignorance and selfishness of neighbours from hell with the undeserving love and loyalty of family. His is a story that deserves to be shared.
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A writer - I think that says it all.