If you or someone you know has been touched by cancer, you will find hope, humor, and coping strategies in a new book by Scituate author and 8-year brain tumor survivor Marie Fricker.
Fricker shares the most personal aspects of her struggle and offers practical tips for others in the trenches. All in My Head is not only for cancer patients and their families but for anyone who wants a captivating read about survival against the odds.
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.