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A beautifully written and riveting memoir, Between Me and the River covers a two-year period in author Carrie Host's life as she fights a rare and deadly form of cancer known as carcinoid tumor.

Full Synopsis
Carrie Host has given us a book on how to believe in the future—a future Host visualizes as a painting made up of a multitude of tiny dots called "right now."

An intensely intimate journey into the unseen and unspoken aspects of catastrophic illness, told from the determined viewpoint of a forty-year-old stay-at-home mother of three. Packed with inspiration, advice, comfort and hope, Between Me and the River is Host's candid and uplifting love story of how she found the strength and fortitude to triumph over adversity.

When told at forty, with her youngest child only ten months old, that she had carcinoid tumor, Host felt she had been hurled into a raging river, stripped of all forms of potential rescue. The voyage of this strong-minded, open-hearted woman out of that river and onto safe shores is told with uncompromising honesty and respect for the miracles that medicine and love can work.

While dealing with practical issues such as how to find the best medical team and what to tell her children, Host experienced many spiritual and eye-opening lessons: How to forgive and how to cherish. How to see what is available rather than what is absent. How to free up energy to heal by letting go of anger and fear.

Host's unquenchable sense of humor in the midst of suffering creates poignant moments of laughter through tears. Her book conveys an enormously deep sense of understanding and ultimately delivers acceptance and peace. She offers an "emotional nightlight" for cancer patients in their time of greatest need—perspective for the soul.

Bracing, lyrical and deeply moving, Between Me and the River is a tribute to one life and all lives. This is a beautifully written book for survivors, caregivers, family members, and friends.

"In this heartfelt narrative, Host attempts to simultaneously fight the disease and find peace with the possibility of death while remaining strong and hopeful." ---Publishers Weekly

"A tender and pragmatic immersion into the bewildering depths of a terrifying illness." ---Kirkus

"A powerful, thought-provoking book that never leaves you." ---Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author

"A beautifully written memoir." ---Library Journal

Between Me and the River

Living Beyond Cancer: A Memoir

Author Carrie Host

Narrated by Renée Raudman

Publication date Sep 1, 2009

Running time 10 hrs

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