Title: 90 Days to Live
Author: Rodney & Paige Stamps
Major Themes: Cancer, Disease, Sickness, Autobiography
Synopsis: After being diagnosed with cancer, Rodney had to decide quickly what he was going to do for treatment, whether he would use chemo, or find some other way to handle his health.
How many people, in our modern world, have not had their lives touched in some way by cancer? Personally, I have lost a grandmother and father to this disease, and am currently watching two other family members fighting their own battles with it. When I came across 90 Days to Live, I knew I wanted to read it.
When Rodney noticed a lump near his collarbone one morning, he was a successful man, running his own fledgling business, and had no time to go to the doctor. That changed a few weeks later when he suddenly found himself too tired to do anything. Then when he went to the doctor he received news that changed his world—he had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and only about 90 days to live, somewhat more if he went through chemo.
Suddenly Rodney and his wife were thrown into researching cancer. What would they do for treatment? I was quite intrigued by the protocol they ended up following. It sounds pretty difficult, but seems to have worked; not only did he outlive the 90-day prediction, he is healthy, some 13 years later. One thing that really stood out to me was Rodney’s statement that cancer is basically a deficiency disease.
This story is told in a very captivating way. Rodney and Paige take turns sharing their story and explaining what they did to help Rodney regain health, and they have told their story so well that it kept my attention all the way through. The story of Rodney’s cancer and what he did for treatment is interspersed with the story of how they met and married, and the continuing story of how they built up their business. I was really interested in their business, which involved installing and maintaining security systems for public buildings. I highly recommend this story for anyone who has an interest in non-medical ways to fight cancer, as well as anyone who simply enjoys a good memoir.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults