Are you still reeling from a recent diagnosis of cancer? Are you afraid, hopeless, and unsure of a future that goes beyond the next chemo treatment or surgery? Do you just need to laugh again? All in My Head: How a hypochondriac beat brain cancer is the true story of a 55-year-old woman who endured the terror of a brain tumor diagnosis, the rigors of 13 months of high dose chemotherapy, and lived to tell the tale with humor and authenticity.
When Marie Fricker, an advertising director for a large Greater Boston real estate firm, complained of a burning hot foot, chills, and a pins-and-needles feeling crawling up her leg, nobody paid much attention. She was a lifelong hypochondriac and frequently predicted her own doom from perceived maladies ranging from cholera to the common cold. As far as her friends and family were concerned, this was just one more.
It wasn’t. Three weeks after the birth of her first grandchild, Marie was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She was treated with chemotherapy and went into remission but was given only a 20 percent chance of surviving five years without a recurrence.
Eight years later, she tells her story of fear, perseverance and hope with a wry wit that sheds light into the dark abyss of battling a catastrophic disease. You will laugh and cry with her and benefit from the author’s Top 15 List of practical strategies for coping with cancer. You don’t have to be a survivor to find All in My Head a riveting read.