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  • Milkshakes and Morphine

  • By: Genevieve Fox
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

This is a singular memoir: an excavation of mother love, a candid account of the agonies and absurdities of the cancer experience and a doggedly optimistic paean to life.

When Genevieve Fox finds a lump in her throat, she turns up for the hospital diagnosis in a party frock and fancy hair. I can't have cancer, she thinks. I've done my hair. But there is another reason she can't countenance cancer. Genevieve was orphaned to it at the age of nine.

Genevieve's story weaves together past and present as she recalls her rackety, unconventional childhood while also facing the spectre of being lost to her young boys. Yet she confronts her treatment with the same sassy survival instinct that characterised her childhood misadventures.

Through an extraordinary alchemy, Genevieve takes life's precariousness and turns it on its head.

©2017 Genevieve Fox (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Leah
  • 19-05-18

Wonderful story of survival of a Mommy

I'm so glad the author survived that awful journey.
I hadn't thought of how I would communicate a cancer diagnosis with my children. We can all say we'd tell them this much, or nothing-but the reality is-the kids are much smarter than we think. She did a good job on gauging just how much to share with her children.