Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown

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Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown

by Robyn Levy

GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD | September 16, 2011 | Trade Paperback

5 out of 5 rating. 1 Reviews

The imaginative, hilarious, and moving memoir of a woman coping with both Parkinson''s disease and breast cancer.

At age forty-three, Robyn Levy was diagnosed with Parkinson''s disease and, eight months later, with breast cancer. With irreverent and at times mordant humour, Most of Me chronicles Levy''s early, mysterious symptoms of breast cancer (a dragging left foot, a frozen left hand, and a crash into "downward dead dog" position on the yoga mat), the devastating diagnosis, her discovery of two lumps in her breast, her mastectomy and oophorectomy (after which she discovers there is no ovary fairy), her continual struggle with Parkinson''s, and her life since then dealing with her diverse disease portfolio.

Levy is accompanied on her journey by a fantastic cast of characters, including her Cry Lady (who always makes appearances at inopportune times) and perky Dolores the Prosthesis, as well as her loyal dog and a convoy of health professionals, family members, friends, and neighbours. She makes the best of her visits to those health professionals. At an appointment with her neurologist, she participates in party games such as "try to move the patient''s rigid left arm." After "make the patient lose her balance but catch her before she falls," Levy is sorry that the party is over, especially when she gets a prescription instead of a grab bag.

Both heartbreaking and hilarious, Most of Me offers a unique glimpse into a creative mind, an ailing body, and the restorative power of humour and fantasy.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: September 16, 2011

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553656326

ISBN - 13: 9781553656326

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown

Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown

by Robyn Levy

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: September 16, 2011

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553656326

ISBN - 13: 9781553656326

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The night before my appointment with the oncologist, I am wound up with worry and in desperate need of distraction. Bergen suggests we escape to the movies for some comic relief. "How about Woody Allen''s new film, Vicky Christina Barcelona?" "That means I''d have to get out of these pajamas and put on some real clothes," I whine. "That''s right. I''ll help you," Bergen assures me. Soon I''m wearing what will become my post-mastectomy uniform--jeans and a loose-fitting blouse with a scarf strategically draped around my collar so that the fabric conceals my vacant lot. This is our first evening out since my surgery--just the two of us. Once we''ve bought our tickets, the mouthwatering aroma of popcorn lures us into the lobby--where I immediately have second thoughts. What am I doing here? This is crazy! People and popcorn stream by. I snuggle up close to Bergen, not because I''m feeling romantic, but because I''m feeling neurotic and self-conscious. What if someone accidentally elbows me in the chest? What if I bump into someone I know and my Cry Lady makes a scene? I don''t tell Bergen what I''m thinking, but he knows that I''m nervous. "Don''t worry," he says, "everything''s going to be OK." I take a deep breath and while exhaling I spot Michelle and Honey. They''re old friends of Bergen''s and judging by the expressions on their faces, they are surprised to see me alive. There''s a round of hugs and hellos and then Bergen says, "I''ll be right back," and heads to the washro
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Prologue 1. The Bad Old Days 2. Breaking News Is Hard to Do 3. Ladies in Waning 4. Sex & Dogs & Crowd Control 5. Lost & Found 6. Leave it to Cleaver 7. In Search of Kick Ass Clarity 8. Travels with Dolores 9. The Comeback Mama 10. Some Don''t Like it Hot

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The imaginative, hilarious, and moving memoir of a woman coping with both Parkinson''s disease and breast cancer.

At age forty-three, Robyn Levy was diagnosed with Parkinson''s disease and, eight months later, with breast cancer. With irreverent and at times mordant humour, Most of Me chronicles Levy''s early, mysterious symptoms of breast cancer (a dragging left foot, a frozen left hand, and a crash into "downward dead dog" position on the yoga mat), the devastating diagnosis, her discovery of two lumps in her breast, her mastectomy and oophorectomy (after which she discovers there is no ovary fairy), her continual struggle with Parkinson''s, and her life since then dealing with her diverse disease portfolio.

Levy is accompanied on her journey by a fantastic cast of characters, including her Cry Lady (who always makes appearances at inopportune times) and perky Dolores the Prosthesis, as well as her loyal dog and a convoy of health professionals, family members, friends, and neighbours. She makes the best of her visits to those health professionals. At an appointment with her neurologist, she participates in party games such as "try to move the patient''s rigid left arm." After "make the patient lose her balance but catch her before she falls," Levy is sorry that the party is over, especially when she gets a prescription instead of a grab bag.

Both heartbreaking and hilarious, Most of Me offers a unique glimpse into a creative mind, an ailing body, and the restorative power of humour and fantasy.

About the Author

Robyn Michele Levy is a visual artist, radio broadcaster, and writer. Her paintings can be found in private and public collections around the world. Her radio work includes documentaries, commentaries, poetry, and sketch comedy for CBC Radio. Her writing has been published in the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight, and the Vancouver Courier, among other publications, and she has also dabbled in stand-up comedy and slam poetry. She lives with her family and her remaining body parts in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

"It is a brave story, not because of the private emotional reality [Levy] bares -- all memoirs require that. It’s her determined levity in the face of so much suffering that’s heartbreaking and raw." -- Globe and Mail   "...Levy's writing style is so accessible and compelling that reading her memoir feels like sitting down with a good friend over coffee to hear the latest. Every page is loaded with emotion so heart-wrenching it's almost unbearable, yet her tone is so engaging, her humour so dark, that you can't help but keep reading." -- Georgia Straight   "It’s serious stuff, but Levy’s writing style is so accessible and compelling that reading her memoir feels like sitting down with a good friend over coffee to hear the latest. Every page is loaded with emotion so heart-wrenching it’s almost unbearable, yet her tone is so engaging, her humour so dark, that you can’t help but keep reading." -- Georgia Straight   "It was such a privilege to read Robyn Levy's story. Her integrity and honesty simultaneously broke and healed my heart, fresh from my own journey through breast cancer. Riveting and endearingly funny, her story impacted me profoundly, covering me in a blanket of feelings and thoughts that will stay with me forever, like a friend." -- Bif Naked, international recording artist, writer, poet, and actor   "One nipple up! A must-read for all breast cancer survivors!" --Ms. Mastectomy   "A deliciously poetic, humor-laced narrative by a courageous
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