¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir

¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir

Juan Alvarado Valdivia / Jan 18, 2020

Cancerlandia A Memoir Diagnosed with Hodgkin s lymphoma three weeks after his thirtieth birthday Juan Alvarado Valdivia finds himself immersed in Cancerlandia oncology appointments waiting rooms and chemotherapy infusio

  • Title: ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir
  • Author: Juan Alvarado Valdivia
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Diagnosed with Hodgkin s lymphoma three weeks after his thirtieth birthday, Juan Alvarado Valdivia finds himself immersed in Cancerlandia oncology appointments, waiting rooms, and chemotherapy infusions at San Francisco General Hospital Afraid that the illness will destroy his fledgling relationship and writing aspirations, Alvarado Valdivia tries to lead a normal life HDiagnosed with Hodgkin s lymphoma three weeks after his thirtieth birthday, Juan Alvarado Valdivia finds himself immersed in Cancerlandia oncology appointments, waiting rooms, and chemotherapy infusions at San Francisco General Hospital Afraid that the illness will destroy his fledgling relationship and writing aspirations, Alvarado Valdivia tries to lead a normal life He bikes three miles to his treatments while listening to heavy metal, attends writing workshops, and continues his hard partying ways When his girlfriend Paola ends their on again, off again relationship after a particularly troubling episode of binge drinking, he begins to acknowledge his anger and alcohol abuse Comic and unsparing, Cancerlandia chronicles Alvarado Valdivia s journey as he not only fights to survive his personified adversary, Mr Hodgkins, but also struggles with his own self destructive spirit.

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    About "Juan Alvarado Valdivia"

      • Juan Alvarado Valdivia

        Juan Alvarado Valdivia is a Peruvian American writer who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico He received his MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary s College of California.


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    1. Juan Alvarado Valdivia's well-written memoir documents his life-changing experience with cancer. Balancing treatment, a part-time job, completing his MFA and maintaining a relationship, the memoir is a study in courage. When faced with a devastating diagnosis an individual must decide to either dissolve into self-pity or find within themselves the strength to do what needs to be done. Not only for one's self but for our loved ones as well. It is not easy. Although somewhat immature at the time o [...]


    2. Struggle leading to ultimate triumph and redemption are the hallmarks of any compelling memoir, and Valdivia’s Cancerlandia delivers on this promise. Expertly written, with a conversational tone that brings the reader not only into the mind of the author, but into his very own inner circle. It is an intimate and at times uncomfortable book, where alcohol abuse, righteous and unjust anger, confusion and compassion are served up in sometimes big, unflattering doses. This is real life, and Valdiv [...]


    3. This book was quite the page-turner! I'm not normally a fan of memoirs, but this book reads more like a novel. Especially with all the crazy misadventures that Alvarado goes through during his time in Cancerlandia. The chapters are short, which I really liked (commute-friendly, yay!). I also really appreciated that the author didn't go into all the explicit details of his medical procedures like some cancer memoirs do, since reading such descriptions make me really queasy.My absolute favorite pa [...]


    4. While taking the reader on a tour through his experience with Hodgkin's lymphoma, Juan Alvarado Valdivia also examines the dark side of his psyche, which roars to the surface while he's dealing with the emotional and physical trauma of cancer treatment. The book uses humor, screenplay scripting, and other techniques to tell the story. It's a quick, engaging read, and an interesting look at how this young writer traveled through a difficult landscape.


    5. This book could've benefitted from a more thorough editing process. The heart of it was fascinating, but dude: I don't need to know the name of every single one of your peripheral Grad school classmates, and I certainly don't need to know each item of clothing any one of them wore on a given day that you met at the bar. The prose needed serious pruning.


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