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    Erin Zammett(Author)

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Twenty-three years old and fresh out of college, in love with her boyfriend Nick, and having just started a great new job as assistant editor at Glamour magazine, Erin Zammett was looking forward to a future of unlimited promise until she was confronted by the one experience that no person, young or old, is ever prepared to confront. A routine checkup by her doctor seemed to indicate that she was in perfect health, until she was called back just a day later to be told that a blood test revealed she had a type of cancer, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, the only known treatment for which was a bone marrow transplant; without treatment, she had roughly five years to live.

After the initial shock wore off, and with the support of her family and friends, her own inner strength, and a recently approved experimental drug, Erin Zammett immediately began the journey that would lead her to recovery. She began to document her experiences, to provide an outlet for the thoughts that came rushing to confront the brave new world she had entered, and the result, My So-Called Normal Life is a memoir of unparalleled candor and poignancy, encompassing much more than leukemia and the battle to overcome it. Above all, it s the story of a twenty-something living her dream life amid the unlimited excitement, adventure, and potential for growth of Manhattan, confronting the challenges of life and her new job battling cancer with unbounded courage and optimism.

Erin Zammett is a frequent guest speaker to numerous cancer organisations. She has also made numerous television appearances in the USA. She is an associate editor at US Glamour magazine. Her cancer is now in complete remission. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 239 pages
  • Erin Zammett(Author)
  • Overlook Press (21 April 2005)
  • English
  • 8
  • Biography

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  • By D. Shipley on 27 June 2010

    When Erin Zammett was 23, she had everything she could have hoped for: a close family, loving boyfriend, fantastic friends and fabulous job on the staff at U.S Glamour in NYC. Then she went to a routine doctor's check-up and was told she had cancer.And not just any cancer: CML, a chronic form of leukaemia with a survival rate of 30% at best. "No symptoms, no heads-up, just cancer handed to me on a perfectly nice Tuesday afternoon."Determined to try anything to beat her odds, Erin wrangled a place on a trial for a new and revolutionary cancer drug, Gleevec. If it worked, it would give her many years of good health. But there was a downside: she's have to travel to Portland, Oregon (ie. the other side of the country) regularly for monitoring, it might make her infertile, and she'd have to take it for the rest of her life.I can understand the market for 'sob story' cancer memoirs (especially where the outcome is bad or uncertain) but this book isn't one of them. It's actually more about love and appreciating life than it is about cancer -- not in a nauseating 'I'm glad I got ill' kind of way, but in the sense that being ill gave Zammett the chance to stop and appreciate all the good things in her life, which she admits she never did before. This book is hopeful, but down-to-earth and very personal, written in a warm style, with lots of humour. I loved the portrait of a large, close-knit family, and the stories and pictures of Erin's family weaved throughout the book. I also admired Erin's honesty in describing the strain cancer can put on a romantic relationship.I hope the author will write much more about her experiences in future -- but that those experiences no longer include a struggle with CML.

  • By Paul on 26 February 2007

    I bought this book from the point of view of being interested in getting someone else's perspective on CML, having been diagnosed with the same type of leukaemia 3 years ago. I had hoped that this book would give my wife a better idea of what it was like to be a cancer sufferer. I suspect it will just encourage her to shop more! Unfortunately, this book was light on emotion and bereft of feeling. It seems to me (sorry if this sounds harsh, but it is my opinion) that it was written with career advancement uppermost in the author's mind. Far from being able to ignore the small stuff (as is claimed) and realising what is important in life we get endless name dropping about the type of shoes or handbag that were purchased, tales of meeting 'famous' people. I wish I could argue that such shallow writing could be balanced with the more vivid fight for life leukaemia presents but that never happens. No views on how transient life is, no reality check. And does every other page really have to be littered with swearing?I've been there, done the scared stuff, biopsy's and all the tests. More 'reality' and less 'glossy magazine article' would have made for a better read.Here's to remaining PCRU!


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