A Lucky Life Interrupted

A Lucky Life Interrupted

A Memoir of Hope

Book - 2015
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"From Tom Brokaw, the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change--a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy, and lucky life. Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life, with a strong marriage and family, many friends, and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author. But in the summer of 2013, when back pain led him to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic, his run of good luck was interrupted. He received shocking news: He had multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer. Friends had always referred to Brokaw's "lucky star," but as he writes in this inspiring memoir, "Turns out that star has a dimmer switch." Brokaw takes us through all the seasons and stages of this surprising year, the emotions, discoveries, setbacks, and struggles--times of denial, acceptance, turning points, and courage. After his diagnosis, Brokaw began to keep a journal, approaching this new stage of his life in a familiar role: as a journalist, determined to learn as much as he could about his condition, to report the story, and help others facing similar battles. That journal became the basis of this wonderfully written memoir, the story of a man coming to terms with his own mortality, contemplating what means the most to him now, and reflecting on what has meant the most to him throughout his life. Brokaw also pauses to look back on some of the important moments in his career: memories of Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the morning of September 11, 2001, in New York City, and more. Through it all, Brokaw writes in the warm, intimate, natural voice of one of America's most beloved journalists, giving us Brokaw on Brokaw, and bringing us with him as he navigates pain, procedures, drug regimens, and physical rehabilitation. Brokaw also writes about the importance of patients taking an active role in their own treatment, and of the vital role of caretakers and coordinated care. Generous, informative, and deeply human, A Lucky Life Interrupted offers a message of understanding and empowerment, resolve and reality, hope for the future and gratitude for a well-lived life"--
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400069699
9780679604662
Branch Call Number: 616.994 B787L
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 22 cm

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oupi Dec 04, 2015

I never checked this book out

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carol507
Oct 22, 2015

Very well written - hope he recovers

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writermala
Jul 13, 2015

Even the best life can become fraught with challenges; and this is what happened to Tom Brockaw. Brockaw had the perfect life, strong marriage, great children and grandchildren. Nothing could be better till he heard the dreadful pronouncement - you have multiple melanoma. Yes, cancer can change any life dramatically. Brockaw talks candidly about his battle and his roller coaster emotions. Given his background as a broadcaster, the memoir is interspersed with narrative and editorializing of events and issues like 9/11 and the health care plan. All this makes for excellent reading. It is above all a memoir of hope.

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closedbook
Jul 10, 2015

loved this book. Two great quotes: Trust but verify. Brokaw recommends this while seeking medical care.

Warren Buffets friend's statement: I want to know where I will die so that I never go there.

JMFlaherty May 18, 2015

Battling any disease or serious health problem is a fascinating story since we will all have that experience in our lives.
As a national news anchor, Tom has been all over the planet and met many "historical" people. So, a lot of bragging and name-dropping here. (He's a likeable guy, so it's allowed.)
I didn't appreciate his comment about poor, sick people making poor choices. The poor can not afford to eat organic food, hike in scenic woods, use expensive gym equipment or go to top physicians.
A very readable book.

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arachelr
May 13, 2015

Really sad that "StarGladiator" feels that way. Brokaw brought us the story of The Greatest Generation, the brave men and women who fought in World War II and those who kept the home fires burning.
And having a sister who died of the same disease, multiple myeloma, about four years ago, I can assure you that this is a hellish, excruciatingly painful, and particularly pernicious cancer. Brokaw doesn't need the money or the PR from this book. He wanted to share his story. Just about everyone has been touched by cancer, directly or not, so it's generous of him to share his experience.

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StarGladiator
May 13, 2015

[In response to commenter, aracheir: The so-called Greatest Generation, who fought the Third Reich, at least partially financed by the richest families of America and Europe - - see congressional investigations circa 1940s - - allowed the coup of 1963 to take place, with the followup murders of at least Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sen. Bobby Kennedy [and probably many others] with zero consequences! Brokaw and those before him never reported the news, they simply followed the script, and took in the extras, especially gratuities, from their wealth benefactors to just read those teleprompters!]
So, what a grand fellow, according to his PR people, his backgrounders, his fans, but unfortunately, I cannot recall ever learning any real news, any real truthful content, from this fellow.

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