The Cancer Olympics by Robin McGeeThe Cancer Olympics by Robin McGee

The Cancer Olympics

byRobin McGee

Paperback | March 25, 2014

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Diagnosed with a late-stage cancer, after years of bungled and inadequate medical attention...and then to discover that the best-practice chemotherapy is not available in your province.After her delayed diagnosis of colorectal cancer, Robin McGee reaches out to her community using a blog entitled "Robin's Cancer Olympics." Often uplifting and humourous, the blog posts and responses follow her into the harsh landscape of cancer treatment, medical regulation, and provincial politics. If she and her supporters are to be successful in lobbying the government for the chemotherapy, she must overcome many formidable and frightening hurdles. And time is running out. . . A true story, The Cancer Olympics is a suspenseful and poignant treatment of an unthinkable situation, an account of advocacy and survival that explores our deepest values regarding democracy, medicine, and friendship.www.thecancerolympics.com
Title:The Cancer OlympicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:FriesenPressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1460229142

ISBN - 13:9781460229149

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book So full disclosure; I knew Robin years ago at Carleton U. We first met through a mutual friend. Then, as now I respect her insight, humour and inner strength. I also worked for the medical profession in Nova Scotia for about 8 years, so a good chance I know at least two of the four doctors who are unnamed, and some of the named others definitely rang a bell. This is a harrowing, book. What Robin went through are things no one should have to go through, and she wound up going through them because four (I still shake my head at that number) doctors couldn't be bothered to do their jobs properly and engage with robin as a patient who needed their skills, insight, and the access to diagnostics and treatments only they can get. Beyond that Robin got caught in the mess and gaps in Canadian health care systems, the gaps in cancer treatment that cost many people their health, their savings, and in some case their lives. It would have been easy for Robin to turn this book into an extended rant about how physicians and the 'system' screwed up her care and cost her a heavy price, but she doesn't do that. It's a rich, revealing, and moving book about what these ordeals (her Olympics) cost her and her family physically, spiritually an psychically, and how she managed to come through them.She has also turned her anger and energy into advocacy for cancer patients in NS and all of Canada. No spoilers here, Robin's story is not over, you ;ll need to go to her blog site to see where she is now, several years after her book ended, but it is worth the trip. This book is only the start.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real Story about Courage and Determination This is a really touching book about a story that should have never happened to a patient. Robin did all the right things to take care of her health but was let down more than once by different doctors to end up in late-stage cancer. This is a must read as she is a good example of determination, patient's advocacy and generosity of her information to benefit all of us.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-Read for all... I just finished my second time through this book and, through my tears, am again reminded what an important story this is. As a health care provider, I will be reading it many times over as it is a stark cautionary of how important our words and actions (or inactions) are. The horrific and devastating collateral damage of a broken medical system that is rehashed through Robin's story is countered only by her incredible strength of human spirit! This story is also then, an uplifting tale of the hidden strengths that we all possess; the differences we can make as communities, and and the tenacity of an incredible woman!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Gripping Page Turnerr This book is gripping, informative and comprehensive. It brought to life the medical saga that gripped Robin's life, as well as the battle of not only her cancer, but also of a the medical system that ironically she was a colleague in. Robin writes in a way that grips your attention, heart and gut from the first sentence to the last sentence. It is a definite page turner that had be holding my breath through many a chapter.
Date published: 2016-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Page-turner I came across Robin McGee recent book: “The Cancer Olympics” somewhat by chance, but once I had opened it and started reading, I could hardly put it down. The book describes Robin’s long journey from early symptoms of colorectal cancer and her harrowing time with doctors One, Two, Three and Four, all neglectful and off-hand, allowing Robin to virtually reach death’s door before she finds doctors who take her seriously and help her start the long road back to health. In spite of the debilitating treatment, Robin musters the energy to challenge the doctors who have given her the run-around by complaining to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She also finds the courage to challenge the status quo according to which the best chemo treatment is not available for patients with her type of cancer in Nova Scotia. Through her hard work and the help of her dedicated cheering squad of friends and colleagues, more than 300 patients have already received this treatment now. This change in policy, however, comes too late to benefit Robin herself. The remarkable thing is that through her talent as a writer and her ability to step away from her present suffering and fear to see the larger picture, Robin has created a book on cancer that in itself is a real page-turner, regardless of whether the reader is interested in cancer or indeed in Robin herself. There is lots of humour and always suspense, as we fear for the life of the intrepid author. I cannot recommend this book enough. Rannveig Yeatman
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible Book I couldn't put "The Cancer Olympics" down once I started reading it. Robin is a champion for patient advocacy, and with what she has accomplished; it already has and will continue to affect people's lives. Robin's book is honest and inspiring. It made me cry and it made me laugh. It is truly a must-read, to witness the power of knowledge, the kindness in human spirit and community, and the ability to make changes happen with determination and focus. Now go and get this book!
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cancer Olympics Compelling and suspenseful read! Scarily enlightening into the health care system.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harrowing, Inspirational and Heroic Page Turner I finished Robin's book a few days ago and have needed some time to gather my thoughts. I am awe struck by her story. As a fellow Nova Scotian, I find it harrowing, inspirational and heroic all at the same time. Harrowing for what she had to endure through the mismanagement of the NS medical system with Doctors One, Two, Three and Four. I would have thought we should pride ourselves in Nova Scotia and Canada on our health care system. I am so relieved and joyous that Robin eventually found the pinnacle of medical care with Dr. McIntyre, Dr. Dorreen and Dr. Good. Inspirational and heroic for her fight through this disease to save not only her own life, but those of many many others, of whom she may never know their names. I believe that everyone is put on this Earth for a reason. Robin's is definitely to help others, as a psychologist, a teacher, a mentor, a mother, a wife, and a survivor. To share her story and forever change the face of rectal cancer care in NS. Thank you for sharing your story with the world, Robin.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was very moved by this book I am a cancer survivor and a nurse and was so touched by how well Robin took us through her Cancer Olympics. She has helped me name and describe things I went through. Even though our types of cancer were different, it was a surprise to see how similar our experience was. She made me laugh and cry and gave me many life lessons that I ponder well after I had read the book. This book is wonderful for all to read as there is so much to take away. Thank you Robin from the bottom of my heart for writing what others cannot. I hope many health professionals will read this as well.
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The writing is riveting! This is the story of a community of emotional support through the terrors of cancer and equally horrible experiences with the medical system. I know that people outside that community will be absolutely astounded the first time they become aware of the number of errors made by professionals that we expect to be able to rely on. I would encourage them, then, to re-read the book so that they can appreciate the quality of Dr McGee's writing. The book is riveting.
Date published: 2014-07-23