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What if you could read a book that would contain simple strategies for living a life of abundance in health, finances, relationships, and contribution? Cancer- It's a Good Thing I Got It surprised me because it was not just a guidebook for those people who are directly or indirectly affected by this terrible disease.
David quickly pulled my attention into the book with his "Live life without boundaries" approach to life. David's life story is simply one that could never be made up...it's too enthralling. He does discuss his battle with cancer, but that is not the foundation of the book. The foundation of this book is about sticking to your core values, living life 100%, surrounding yourself with the right people, and loving those around you.
This book is easily one of the best books I have ever read!
-Dave "The Shef" Sheffield
I met author David Koop at a recent Women's Fair where I was selling my book. Intrigued by the enormous response of people interested in David's story, I got myself a copy of "Cancer - It's a Good Thing I got It." Having seen Koop in person -- he's a giant of a man with an effervescent personality that fills any room he's in -- I was stunned when I read his memoir. To think a human being could endure what he's been through and present himself to the world as Koop does is nothing short of miraculous. He said I would laugh a lot and cry a little and learn some invaluable things from his book and he was right on all three counts. This isn't a high-minded or sappy woe-is-me testimonial meant to manipulate your heart strings. It's honest, raw and straight forward in a way only someone with the unique gifts Koop possesses could deliver. I will NEVER again whine about headaches, toothaches, sore muscles, bad drivers or the weather. (Well, maybe bad drivers). A great, life-changing read for men and women both.
I had a chance to talk to David A. Koop and his wife Carrie at length before I read his book "Cancer, It's a Good Thing I Got It!" Now that I have finished the book, I can say that he truly embodies the core messages he presents in the book: eternal optimism in the face of adversity, taking ownership of your life's course by making conscious choices about how to live it, and the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships with the loved ones in your life.
The book tells two stories. The first half is a collection of anecdotes from David A. Koop's life before he was diagnosed with cancer. These anecdotes tell the story of a young man's journey to become independent and build a fulfilling career. He starts with his difficult home life as a teenager (which many people will be able to relate to easily), and moves into his struggle to build a career. He shares a host of exciting, frustrating, humorous and amazing stories. I have no doubt there are many more life stories Mr. Koop has to share, and he could probably fill another book with them. He is a natural story teller, the kind of guy you want sitting around the campfire at the end of the day, entertaining everyone with his various misadventures.
But there is also a lot of heart in these stories. He writes about his son, who he obviously loves and cherishes dearly, and the difficult relationship he had with his son's mother. This portion of the book was moving, and revealed an entirely different side from the adventurous, action-packed "man's man" in the stories leading up to it. I think Mr. Koop presents a balanced outlook on life that both men and women can relate to.
The second half of the book goes into Mr. Koop's journey with cancer. From the initial diagnosis, to the frustrating journey with numerous doctors and chemo and pain, up until today. If you or a loved one has battled or is battling cancer, you will relate to all of this. It may dredge up painful memories of going through the process. Or it will reflect what you are dealing with on a day to day basis now. So why read it? Because the eternal optimism that David Koop embodies is woven throughout his journey with cancer. He was diagnosed with a particularly severe form of cancer but he fought to maintain a positive attitude that I find admirable and inspirational. He also reminds us of the importance of cultivating love in your life. His love for his son and his wife and stepsons were a beacon that kept him on course toward recovery.
This book serves as a reminder to all of us that no matter how many difficulties life puts in front of you, no matter how many compromises you are forced to make, no matter how much you are forced to give up, there is always a way through the pain and struggle, there is always a reason to keep on living. You just have to be open to it, and go after it, even if you have to crawl towards it.
When I first got this book I looked at the title and felt really uncomfortable, I mean it is cancer and they are saying it is a good thing! It also stirred up a lot of notice and comments as I carried it about and took it with me to read by just about everyone who saw it. Since reading the book and hearing David's story I totally understand it's title and would say to everyone don't judge or dismiss it until you have read it.
The story is in short chapters and reads just like diary entries or like conversations with the author, it is very well done and really easy to follow. Any big words or procedures are explained so well that whether you have any medical knowledge or not you will be able to follow it with ease. Almost the first half of the book deals with the initial telling of the diagnosis and what lead it and his life up until that point, relationships, jobs etc. There is also quotes at the start of every new chapter which are also in themselves quite moving.
In the actual content some people might feel it is hard going as this is a truly honest account of what he went through from before, during and after his diagnosis. It is a open and both heart breaking and warming story of one man and his family dealing with something most of us hope to never have to encounter. From physical complications after treatments to the mental anguish of trying to cope after being told you are going to die. Trying to live with and beat the odds and breaking to the news to his family.
This book stirs up a host of emotions, sadness, joy, grief, laughter, hope, inspiration to name just a few. I feel this would be a quick read for most as it is hard to put down (it took me so long as work and Christmas has gotten in the way) but I could have easily read this in on sitting had time permitted.
I think this book would be a great read for anyone, whether you have been touched by cancer, feeling down or just want an uplifting (true) story then this is a book for you.
It was a joy to attain a signed copy of David's book at an author event. Despite the title, this is a delightful book to read. It will encourage anyone to strive harder and never loose sight of their goals.
Once begun, I could not wait to see how his life developed. David's life was hard from the start after loosing contact with his mother at age five. He tells of his life growing up, achieving success in the business world, gaining and losing love, and fighting cancer through short vignettes that make you feel as though he were sitting in your living room telling you the story while sipping warm cider in front of the fireplace. Although his story tells of some very difficult challenges in his life, he presents all without regret. Gratitude and joy weave through the book. He even manages to tell the dreadful story of cancer treatments with a sprinkling of humor. There are short quips of sage advice interspersed throughout the book.
Cancer, It's a Good Thing I Got It is an easy read, which is well worth your time and will leave your heart uplifted and encouraged.
I connected with David on so many levels it was funny. He and my husband have the same oncologist and David described him to a T. Lots of hope and short stories here. I recommend it. My husband and I read it in 2 days. There was information in this book for people who are dealing with an illness and also for caregivers, what to say, what not to say, and how important it is to take care of themselves in the process.
But what surprised us most was so much information about living your own life at 100%. When I got my copy of this book David told me that i would laugh a lot, cry a little and learn a whole lot. He was true to his word and we suggest that you get your own copy. You will laugh a lot, cry a little and learn a whole bunch!