From Tom Brokaw, the best-selling 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 22 years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as best-selling 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.
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Even if we are not Tom Brokaw, we all think we are lucky. Especially if we have good health. We all have colleagues, friends, and family whom we have outlived. And so in some way we confirm our luck every day.
And maybe because most of us never have that1% life our mortality is easier to accept.
Nonetheless I enjoyed this book by my favorite newsman because it is not just all about him but the lives and accomplishments of others, the pitfalls of the American healthcare system and the pervasive All American values that root his soul and shine through his stories and persona. He is the last of the great American newsmen and it is we who are lucky to have had him as a person to tell out story.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has a family member, friend, or acquaintance battling cancer. It gives you an empathy almost for their struggles and successes.
I deeply appreciate you being open and candid. I myself am over prostate cancer. but not only your inspiration for your Victory against cancer but inspiration of your fully lived life. Thank you, Shane
A thoughtful confession of life and the determination to get to the beach head of remission over cancer. My grandfather lived with mm and died several months before I was born. Tom's report of his illness is a must read because of his honesty. Ultimately, it is his marching orders to life.
The sudden diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma was like a grenade explosion in Tom's life . A world icon, Tom Brokaw is a respected reporter and writer that used to enjoy extreme health engaging in multiple dynamic activities such as hunting, fishing, skiing, travel in the company of movie stars visiting exotic places. Suddenly there is a implosion of his life and regaining his health becomes his only drive and goal. All his projects, books and future trips have to cancelled . The narrative is rich and sincere not holding back any feelings or selfish thoughts. The reader or listener becomes part of Tom's entourage. He endures extreme pain and severe side effects from violent chemotherapy. Anorexia and persistent nausea and vomiting is followed by weight loss and generalized weakness. The marathon runner became a distant memory. After one year and a half his marrow responds and there was no need for bone marrow transplantation. In the depth of his despair he rediscovers the essential elements of his life such as the unrelenting love and support from his wife and kids. His daughter Jennifer (a ER physician) became the coordinator of his medical care.. Frequently he digresses remembering historical interviews with Mandela, and other dignitaries or his memories of his younger days in South Dakota.
Eventually he gets into remission and he is ready to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and engage in a permanent state of living life second by second in a constant "joie de vivre"
A truly exceptional book . Mark Bramhall tone and emotion in his voice only enriched this experience .Highly Recommended !!!
Daniel Sette Camara, MD
Buffalo, New York
My husband and I are in our 70s. We were interested in Tom Brokaw's approach to his cancer journey since some of our friends are on the same journey. Brokaw also wrote about some of his interviews, experiences and friendships with famous people and the support he has had from his family. Mr. Brokaw's experience in writing and journalism are apparent. We enjoyed listening to every minute of his book.
When I was a young wife and mother to 2 small children, my husband was gone for a year. We had a small TV in the kitchen and every night we watched Tom deliver the evening news
My oldest daughter is now an editor of Compass publishing in Austin Tx.
My youngest in Elkridge, Md., just gave birth to twin daughters. Her husband is with Johns Hopkins.
Upon moving to Texas after retirement 8 years ago I was diagnosed with CLL, chronic lymphocyte leukemia. The treatment is called watchful waiting as my counts do not warrant anything yet.
Prayer and hearing other stories like Toms has kept me up. Though there are times when I wonder WHEN.
My appreciation to you Tom and I still watch whenever your on.
Mary Anne Paul's
As an admirer of Tom Brokaw because of his admiration of The Greatest Generation, and his superior work through the years, I was intrigued to hear the background of his life. As one who is suffering from a life threatening cancer, I could relate in so many levels. Thank you for giving us this beautiful work.
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