Friday, May 06, 2016

Chase Away Cancer by Ellie Poole Ewoldt Review


You may think you know how this cancer story goes. The characters: a little boy, a loving family, the team of doctors. The diagnosis: terminal, little hope for a cure. There are two possible outcomes. Will his family be plunged into extreme sorrow or miraculous joy?

What if the answer was both?

Ellie Poole Ewoldt debuts with a memoir of desperate hope and fierce love; of a family who refused to give up even when they heard the worst possible news for their two-year-old son, Chase. Moment by moment, the Ewoldts faced brain surgery and chemo, spinal taps and transfusions. And yet, the true miracle lay not in the medicine or Chase’s prognosis―rather, Chase’s life shows us the miracle of hope, even through the darkest nights. If there is anything he and the Ewoldts have learned, it is that God is always good and will stay at your side through every moment, no matter what it holds.

You’ll fall in love with Chase through his story and be inspired to help chase away cancer―for this headstrong boy, his fighting friends, and all those in your own life who need hope for whatever tomorrow may bring.

Ellie Poole Ewoldt
Ellie Poole Ewoldt is married to Bob, the mother of Darcy, Aidan, Chase, and Karsten, as well as a daughter, a sister, and a friend. With a lifelong love of reading, writing, and history, she has a degree from North Central College in early modern European history with a minor in art history. Currently, her skill set includes being able to keep several plates in the air while talking to small children about not throwing plates, labeling the "weird stain" on the rug correctly, and being able to navigate an entire playroom without stepping on a single Lego.

In 2010, Ellie started a small family blog as a way to share her daily life, child-related anecdotes, and the continuous discovery of God's goodness as she and Bob raised four children in an eleven-hundred-square-foot condo. Writing the beautiful, silly, and hard became a way of practicing thankfulness and seeking "stones of remembrance."

On July 31, 2012, the family's lives changed forever with the words, "There's a large mass," catapulting them on a deep, complex journey through pediatric cancer. Ellie began to chronicle the life and fight of their third child, Chase, and the effect of the disease on their family as they continued to search for joy in the worst of times.

Today her days are spent caring for quickly growing children, walking alongside Chase in his cancer diagnosis and resulting special neurological needs, and continuing to chronicle God's faithfulness in the big and small things alike. Ellie and Bob have shared Chase's story on behalf of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and his story has been featured in venues such as Lurie Children's, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the ACE Foundation, All for Hope, Cal's Angels, Young Associates Board's Run for Gus, and the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

To learn more about Ellie and her family, visit www.ChaseAwayCancer.com.

I recevied a complimentary copy of this book.


Cassandra's Review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why?  It was written with strength and honesty.

- What did you not like about the book and why? It was incredibly sad and I had a hard time getting through some of the worst parts.  To be left with a mix of grief and triumph is hard to handle.

- What did you learn? The even the smallest vessel can be strong and to never count out anything until it is a sure thing.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why? The book is super sad and will create tears of mixed emotions and for that reason I would only recommend this book to older youth and adults.  If you can not handle this type of topic or are a depressed person, this is not going to be the best pick me up.

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