Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Changing the Game Plan

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Trey Rood was a young, healthy high school athlete when he received the diagnosis of stage III melanoma, which progressed to stage IV in two short years. With a five-year survival rate of five percent, Trey and his mother Cherie refused to accept the poor odds given by doctors or that the aggressive cancer would prevent Trey from ever attending college. Instead, they chose to fight with everything they had. And fight they did. Their tireless search for treatment led them from home in Georgia, to Germany, and ultimately to Texas, where Trey was a pioneer participant at MD Anderson Cancer Center's adoptive T-cell therapy trial. With Trey's cancer now in remission, Trey, Cherie, and their family share their story here--a story of hope, encouragement, strength, and ultimately triumph. Their story of how, together, they beat cancer.

Armed with the will to live the normal life of a teenage boy who loves sports, especially football, Trey Rood handles dealing with cancer as if it were just another thing a teenager deals with as they grow up.... or at least that's how it seems in the way his story is told. Lord knows it's much more than that and to read his story you see that he definitely went through a lot to fight his cancer but he took each day as it came and never once doubted that in the end he'd beat it and as he did he'd also find his path in life. 

The book gives you the story from the angle of Trey's parents, his brother, some friends and Trey himself. There is a little repetitiveness with that but it allows you see how each of them view the situation and how this family, and their friends, were bound and determined to win the fight for Trey. There is of course a good dose of God sprinkled in throughout, a little heavier as things move on, but that is to be expected and it's not overpowering. It basically shows how their belief and trust in Him grew over time, aided in the choices they made and helped them handle it all in the manner they did. 

This is definitely an inspiring read. Here we have a teenager that battled cancer throughout his last couple years of high school but never let it stop him from being a teenager and doing what he wanted, whenever possible. Trey wasn't one to use his cancer to gain any sympathy and later he used it to show others just what can happen when you have a positive attitude and belief that you will conquer. The disease wasn't one to give up easy and Trey, he proved that he wasn't going to give up either. The signs were all there for him and his family that he would make it through this and sure they still had some doubtful moments each time it appeared that the disease was getting ahead but Trey, he has something special and now he lives to share that with others. 

This book is slated to be released in August, be on the lookout and pick up a copy for sure!  If you click on the book image above you'll be brought to Amazon where you can keep tabs on it's release.

 I was provided with an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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