on 2015-03-10 Pages:
• Narrator: Adam Lazarre-White
, Cassandra Campbell
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.” – Stuart Scott The fearless, intimate, and inspiring story behind ESPN anchor Stuart Scott’s unrelenting fight against cancer, with a foreword by Robin Roberts. Shortly before he passed away, on January 4, 2015, Stuart Scott completed work on this memoir. It was both a labor of love and a love letter to life itself. Not only did Stuart relate his personal story—his childhood in North Carolina, his supportive family, his athletic escapades, his on-the-job training as a fledgling sportscaster, his being hired and eventual triumphs at ESPN—he shared his intimate struggles to keep his story going. Struck by appendiceal cancer in 2007, Stuart battled this rare disease with an unimaginable tenacity and vigor. Countless surgeries, enervating chemotherapies, endless shuttling from home to hospital to office and back—Stuart continued defying fate, pushing himself through exercises and workout routines that kept him strong. He wanted to be there for his teenage daughters, Sydni and Taelor, not simply as their dad, but as an immutable example of determination and courage. Every Day I Fight is a saga of love, an inspiration to us all.From the Hardcover edition.
Stuart said “This is what Cancer does. It makes everything profound. It makes everything urgent.”
I just finished this book and I feel inspired. I have lost family members to cancer and I hate cancer for the insidious disease it is. But listening to this audiobook, I felt hope and courage. Stuart Scott said “You beat Cancer by continuing to live, by refusing to be just a cancer patient.” And he did his best to live despite having this disease that ravaged his body.
To hear his life told from his own words was so thought-provoking and motivating. He said about cancer “it can kill you and make you stronger, all at the same time.” What an intense, yet poignant outlook on the sickness that did eventually take Stuart’s life. The narrator Adam Lazarre-White was amazing.
From the beginning, through his voice I heard Stuart Scott and forgot it was another person narrating. He had all the same general easy going tone and even excitement that drew audiences from every facet of the sports universe. It is a thing of beauty when the narrator doesn’t displace the narrative, but instead, immerses the listener into the words on the page.
It felt like hearing Stuart in my ears, directly from his own mouth. This is one of the most reflective audiobooks that I have ever listened to. I heard the author’s love of his life, his family and his job. If there is one thing I saw on ESPN, it was that Stuart enjoyed relating the daily goings-on in sports. This was a man who brought his all and made it entertaining and relatable to me.
This book also gave me a different insight into the life of a person trying to live despite cancer. It was eye opening that hearing what I considered words of support such as “you are going to beat this” or “you are stronger than this disease” may not be what the cancer patient may want to hear. It also made me cognizant that “the cancer” not be the subject discussed all the time since they already live it every minute of every day.
This memoir also serves a love note to his fans but most of all, to his loved ones to tell everyone how much he enjoyed his life and loved his family. It also imparts to the reader that Stuart recognized the trust sports fans all over placed in him. This narrator delivered this story with confidence and it was amazing that Stuart was devoid of self-pity. That’s not say Stuart didn’t express misery at times, but he continued in spite of his despair. That is what I take away from this memoir. As Stuart said:
“Cancer can kill you. But it can also make the man you always wanted to be.”
I take that quote to mean that I should make every minute count. So I will hug my family and tell them what they mean to me by words and deeds daily. When I don’t feel like working out or eating properly, I will remind myself, that Stuart Scott went to work out for 45 minutes after each chemotherapy treatment. When I don’t feel like doing my job because I don’t feel like it, I will remember the effort it took for Stuart to pull himself together to accept the Jimmy V award at the 2014 ESPY. He embraced each opportunity he could in his 49 years of life; I will seek to do the same.
*Special Thanks to PENGUIN GROUP Blue Rider Press via Netgalley
Series: Blossom Street #10
on 2014-03-25 Pages:
• Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.
Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet.
Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne’s cunning ex will do anything to win her back.
Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan? As three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways, Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart, and the best surprises still lay ahead.
I received the advance reading copy of the paperback, l but decided to purchase the audiobook from audible. Boy, am I glad that I did because I really enjoyed this audiobook. This story featured 3 women who were connected via the Blossom Street Community. Lauren works for Lydia in her yarn store, A Good Yarn. Bethane is a customer and friend of the two ladies. This is their journey with love and sacrifice.
Lauren Elliott is tried of waiting for her new reporter boyfriend Todd to propose and so she just ended things. She is also tired of being such a good girl and so hesitant about everything that she asked a stranger Rooster to dinner. Rooster is different from anyone she has ever dated, after all Rooster is a biker, winery owner. For some reason, they work. But everyone around them had opinions and it became a strain on their new relationship.
Bethanne Scranton is a year into her new marriage with her second husband, Max. But the long commute was putting a strain on them. Max owns a winery with Rooster in California, and Bethanne and her children lived in Seattle. Also, Bethanne’s ex husband is pulling out all the stops to win her back and it’s causing a strain with Max.
Lydia & Brad Goetz, are worried about their adopted daughter as she continues to have nightmares. Also, they don’t know about the viability of their business a Good Yarn. They can’t afford to pay for a professional therapy group for their daughter. How can they help her and help their business?
This story was engaging, it had humor, it had sad and happy times. Most of all, it reminded me of my family interactions. The author managed to write such likable characters and I was just rooting for them the entire time. Books like this is why I love “Love”. I felt immensely satiated at the end of this audiobook, like I just ate chocolate cheesecake, rich, creamy and divine. Bravo Debbie Macomber. The narrator brought this book to life and captured the personalities of the characters. What a treat this book was.
**Special Thanks to Ballantine Books via LibraryThing for the ARC of this book