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Cancer Schmancer | [Fran Drescher]

Cancer Schmancer

Part inspirational cancer-survival story, part memoir-as-laugh-riot, Fran Drescher's new book picks up where Enter Whining left off. After her marriage ended, her TV series was cancelled, and her beloved dog died, Fran started having symptoms no doctor could adequately explain. With her trademark humor, she tells of her tireless search for answers and the cancer diagnosis that she ultimately beat.
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Publisher's Summary

Dear Friend,
All I've got to say is, to hell with cancer! This book's about schmancer! Laughing at the crazy things life offers even when it's biting you on the ass. And diligence that pays off. Here I'll be telling it like it was - and is - so you won't have to go through what I did.
Who knew when I was a chubby kid from Queens what a roller coaster my life was going to be! After The Nanny ended, I divorced my husband, started living on my own, and began dating for the first time since high school. I wanted to feel free as a bird, but instead was weighed down by troubling symptoms. And so began my two-year, eleven-doctor odyssey in search of a diagnosis and cure.
Don't let what happened to me happen to you. Every doctor I saw held a different view. More than one told me I had a pre-menopausal condition common in middle-aged women (middle-WHAT?). Finally, after insisting on more tests, I proved that my body was telling the truth - something was terribly wrong. Doctors are fallible, so open your mouth! Thank God I did, because my attitude saved my life.
Just as I was getting serious with a man 16 years my junior (What's the matter? He's very mature!) my worst fears were confirmed. I was told I had cancer and would need a radical hysterectomy. Was I going to die? Would I require radiation? How much does a uterus weigh? Maybe I wouldn't need that diet after all...
What I learned about myself, the depth of my relationships, and cancer - tests, treatment, recovery, and follow-up - could fill a book. So here it is. All of it: the laughter, the sorrow, the happiness and the horror. Everything that I learned the hard way and then some.
So pour yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up, and let's dish...
All my love,
Fran

©2002 Fran Drescher, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"It is [Drescher's] storytelling skills and humor that make this uncomplicated book a good read...her one-liners can be priceless." (Publishers Weekly)
"The actress infuses her writing with humor and honesty." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Barbara 04-10-04
    Barbara 04-10-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Cancer Schmancer"

    You don't need to be a fan of Dresher's to enjoy this book. Did I say 'enjoy'? Yes! I teared up quite often at her reading and laughed with her through the darkly humorous parts. This is a strong lady giving good advice over a nosh at the kitchen table. Don't pass it up- and don't be afraid of almost 3 hours of that voice. I wish there had been more. I didn't know I knew so little about the women's health industry.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 09-11-12
    Lesley burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 09-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Liked the book, loathe abridged books"

    If you hate her voice, don't get this book. Personally, I loved the nanny, loved the obvious puns and slapstick comedy of the series. The book really translates Ms Drescher's humour well, and is an inspiration to anyone going through a struggle. She allows herself some slack, lets herself cry and tells us that it is okay to do so. I was impressed with the ease with which the story flowed, being both informative about cancer, treatment and recovery and also about Ms Drescher's personal story. Would listen again. I was frustrated that it was abridged, because what I think are important parts of the book, editors don't always agree, and it irritates me to no end that part of the book is missing. And the transition from cut to cut is always horrendous.
    I loved the narration, but I think it is a personal choice!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Wentworth, Australia 10-09-07
    Wendy Wentworth, Australia 10-09-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Brilliant"

    I did not think I could listen to that voice BUT it really did not annoy me at all. I have great respect for this woman now. This book is for anyone who has a terminal illness or supporting a terminal illness or who could possibly become terminally ill one day. I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tami bedford, N/A, United Kingdom 07-12-04
    Tami bedford, N/A, United Kingdom 07-12-04
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    "Not long enough!!!!!"

    I was happily surprised by this book. I had anticipated a fact filled, boring account of her experience, and yes, i'll admit, i bought it because she was narrating it! But i am glad to say, it was full of emotion, it was entertaining, it was tearjerking, a lot of the time funny, and yes, it had some good information as well about her cancer experience. I was very happy with it, and i listened to it all the way through without skipping around or veering off towards another book....... I wish more authors narrated their own books, it really makes a difference. I felt like i was sharing her experience with her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri 02-01-13
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    "Frantastic !!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cancer Schmancer to be better than the print version?

    I don't have a lot of time to sit and read, I enjoy listening to books in my car or when I'm working out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fran is true to herself and not afraid to put it all out there. I also learned a lot about the female body and to trust your gut. I almost cried listening to her talk about Chester.


    What does Fran Drescher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's Frans story, she should tell it :)


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    Mandy Stratton, Australia 11-20-11
    Mandy Stratton, Australia 11-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and entertaining"

    Really enjoyed it, was funny and imformative. Alot of laughs and some sad life lessons rolled into one.

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    Jesse Ashtabula, OH, USA 12-16-05
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    "Fran's story"

    This book is an enlightening view into the life of Fran Dresher. I was not aware that she had gone through a bout of cancer. I recommend this title to anyone who enjoys Ms. Dresher's style of comedy and dramatic TV roles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaclyn Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 05-30-05
    Jaclyn Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 05-30-05
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    "Listened to It TWICE in a ROW"

    If there are chick-flix, then this one is the ultimate chick-audio. Drescher's reading and story is funny and touching. And if you've heard Enter Whining, (another audiobook CLASSIC), this is the perfect sequel (if only it hadn't been life threatening. As a side note, this is a great primer for how to deal with a biggie illness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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