Find a Dream and Follow It By Emmabbooks on 27 Mar. 2016
This inspiring, memoir is all about having a dream, that will provide focus, fun and fulfilment, away from the problems of everyday life.
In this case the problem is a diagnosis of a rare blood cancer Essential Thrombocythemia (MPN). The first part of the book has loads of useful information for anyone who may be going through hospital processes - with any condition. Though set in the US, it applies equally to other countries. It deals with coping with contradictory diagnoses, and what to expect of various procedures. There are anecdotes about the many wonderful doctors and care staff - plus the not so wonderful. With lots of "wow" moments that put your own life issues into perspective, this always remains a positive book, with uplifting moments at the most difficult of times.
The second part of the book is about finding an adventure to provide focus and joy through difficult times. With all this going on, somehow this family find time to focus on the needs of others - this is the family we all wish lived next door!
This is a book of hope. One that everyone should read, as it has life enhancing tips for all, not just the ill. This is NOT a book about living with cancer, it is a book about living life to the full and enjoying every moment. At the end of the book is a section with many useful resources.
On finishing the book, I tweeted the following to the author "Dinner is late tonight, because I can't do anything until I have finished your book, and because I'm crying with positive emotion."
Thank you Elizabeth, Marc and Page for this life enhancing book.
"Your book is amazingly inspiring!" -@AfterAllMyLove
"The amount of effort & love that has been put into this book is brilliant! Swifties go order now! Truly Amazing! It brought tears to my eyes" -@Taylor13Parmis
"I went through 100 pages at one sitting! Your story is so riveting that I couldn't put it down and with such raw emotion its as if I was feeling the same emotions. Thank you for sharing your story, I know it will change many lives." -Laurie W.
"Your story will for sure inspire and help others" -@akronohiomoms AkronOhioMoms.com
"When I got the email link I sat right down and read the whole book! I'd known you'd met Taylor, but I couldn't believe all the pictures and details about how! Just Amazing! All I can say is Wow!" -Jo W.
"Informative, riveting, exciting and wonderful. I so admired your tenacity to fulfill Page's Dream" -Nancy L.
"I thought it was just great!" -Tracy J. @CauseRock
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"What a moving story, I do so admire your courage and perseverance." -Jane G.
"Amazing" -Charlotte @Keogh19
"The PDF came through great. Very easy, compelling reading and I look forward to learning more about your journey and how you all dealt with it. I can sure identify with hearing those words "You have cancer". I think it's great how you involved Page. I'm just starting Part 2, Taylor Swift. This saga is unbelievable!" -Nancy G.
"Congrats on the book, and thank you for including me! So happy to be a part of this great story!" -Betsy Kling, WKYC @BetsyKling
"Loved reading this story" -Kalie G.
"Have read your beautiful story 3x already. Everyone should!" -Vicki H.
"Thank you for sharing such a personal story" -Jody I.
it's a wonderful read. I went through all the emotions reading ... By Jennifer C. Lomax on 28 April 2016
I didn't want to put this book down when I started it, it's a wonderful read. I went through all the emotions reading it, but what I loved the most was the heartwarming account of the mother never giving up to fulfill her daughters dream.
Thank you for this inspiring book 7 April 2016
By HappyReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a sweet and inspirational read, sprinkled with humor, love and positive encouragement. The author describes her journey through illness and the dream that kept this courageous woman and her family going through the dark times. If you are suffering from a serious illness, or if you have a family member in this situation, then you will appreciate Ms. Gross' common sense explanation of how long term health treatment works. Ms. Gross writes in a clearing and engaging manner- so the medical part of the story is easy to swallow! The book also includes Additional Notes and Tips from the Author, a lengthy and useful bibliography and references, and definitions. I am sure this book would be a blessing and encouragement for those facing health issues and it is also an enjoyable, life- affirming read for everyone. The second part of the book is a charming story of the how the Author, her young daughter and husband created a dream to meet Taylor Swift. There are plenty of fun photographs that add to the zest of the story. Elizabeth Gross and her family are to be commended for publishing this well-written book. I encourage the Author to write another book as her health journey still continues and I would like to hear more of her inspiration. Highly recommend.
What an inspiring cancer journey.....This book is a must read for anyone currently battling cancer! 17 Jan. 2016
By Danielle S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is an unbelievably sweet testament to a family that never gives up, and strives to see the positive even in the toughest of times. I teared up several times reading about Elizabeth's journey. She's gone through so much, yet her love for her daughter and desire to help others shines through like a beautiful light. Between the descriptions of what has helped her on her cancer journey and the incredible moments her family shared searching for Taylor Swift, this is a must-read story!
What a can-do attitude can do, even with a serious illness! 16 Feb. 2016
By CBA - Published on Amazon.com
This book made me realize just how far a mother's love will drive her to make her daughter's dream come true. Elizabeth Gross's daughter, Page, truly needed a dream to latch on to, as well as hope in seeing that dream come to fruition. Page was only 8 years old when she witnessed her mother's health deteriorate from Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (MPN), a rare incurable blood cancer where the bone marrow cells that produce the body's blood cells develop and function abnormally.
This account of this mother's journey with cancer and her family's plot to meet Taylor Swift is so compelling that Gross was chosen as the 2015 New Apple Book Awards Winner For Excellence In Independent Publishing, General Non-Fiction Category. Not bad for a first book!
Anyone with a rare disease knows how difficult it is to find a doctor that can help you, let alone diagnose you. Gross's battle wasn't just with the disease, which left her severely fatigued, but also with a parade of doctors who couldn't or wouldn't agree on diagnosis or treatment, and hospital staff who behaved toward her in a most abysmal manner. If it wasn't for her perseverance and intuition, she would have remained vulnerable to stroke as well as potentially lethal consequences of a drug she knew was harming instead of helping her.
Where does Taylor Swift come in? This is the fun part. Page is a devout Swiftie. She lives and breathes Taylor. Gross and her husband could see how the medical crisis was impacting their sensitive and thoughtful daughter. So these can-do folks concocted a boldly outrageous yet incredibly efficient plan for Page to meet her idol. I won't spoil the adventure for you, but suffice it to say, the second part of the book, dedicated to their Help Me Find Taylor Swift Adventure, is a joyful read.
Gross accomplishes something that isn't easy to do - she instructs us on a rare disease and shares her lowest of low experiences with us, but contrasts this with the lighthearted mischief of their trip to find Taylor. She allows us into her heart, home and hospital room, and eventually into their hotel, to witness an incredible example of creating joie de vivre even in the worst of times.
Gross is a role model for those who want to be empowered patients, and shares good tips on getting the best care for yourself, including listening to your gut, leaving a doctor who doesn't listen to or respect you, and bringing a tape recorder to your doctor visits (I've done that, too). She also provides helpful links and resources for those with cancer or chronic illness.
This book honors Taylor and her big-hearted generosity, as well as helping and inspiring others who fight devastating illnesses. But Gross doesn't stop there. No, Taylor Swift is not the only big-hearted, generous woman in this book. All proceeds from the book are donated to various charities to help those with cancer and invisible illness.
This book gets a big thumbs up from me! I wish could live next door to such a great family as the Grosses. I just love adventurous can-do people! Don't you?
Taylor Swift is not affiliated with this website or the book, Dream Accomplished: A Story of Cancer, A Mother's Love & Taylor Swift.
We are simply a family wanting to say "Thank You'.
We are simply a family wanting to say "Thank You'.