When I attended Book Expo America in May, I received an autographed copy of the memoir Cancer on the Brain by Jay Lefevers. I told him that I reviewed books on my blog, and he asked me why I hadn't reviewed his book. So I told him that I would.
His story is an interesting and inspiring one. This is a guy who didn't let a little thing like a brain tumor stop him from living his life: being a dad, growing his business, and coaching Little League. And he didn't slow down a second time when he was later diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
It was no surprise to Jay that he survived both diagnoses because from the beginning, he always thought he would survive. There was just no question. He credits his positive outlook, his supportive family and friends, and continuing to live his life as normal for helping him survive.
The book wasn't as baseball-focused as I had thought. Judging by the book cover (it has a picture of a baseball cap on it) and the blurb on the back of the book, I expected the book to be about a guy who beat cancer and learned a lot from the kids on his Little League team while also teaching them a thing or two. While there were stories about coaching, it wasn't the main focus of the book. I guess I felt the book could have been organized a bit differently.
But if you're looking to be inspired, then you should check out this book. It could make a nice read to start off the new year.
Cancer on the Brain is published by Emerald Book Company and is available to purchase now. I received a free autographed copy of the book at Book Expo America with no obligation to review.