by S.K. Reid Jane Curry Publishing, Australia, 244 pages, $24.95 RRP, 2014
The book A year of medical thinking covers one year of a woman’s journey as she copes with life-challenging situations.
S.K. Reid introduces the reader to the intricacies of IVF treatment and shares her joy and excitement when falling pregnant. She also shares her deepest emotions from the disappointments of failing treatments to the grief of losing her baby.
Just at a point where she is trying to come to terms with this loss, she is diagnosed with breast cancer. She describes her own physical and emotional rollercoaster facing this potentially life-threatening illness, which is deemed to take away her deepest wish: to become a mother.
This book will appeal to anyone who has faced similar experiences. It certainly touches on medical issues like diagnosis and treatments, but it still is a personal, heartfelt account of someone trying to cope with very taxing life circumstances rather than a clinical matter-of-fact report.
The book is divided into chapters named after the seasons of the year.
Seasons are often associated with distinct feelings and moods and the author has successfully brought that together to accentuate her life’s events. As the seasons change, so does she as she is forced to face and reflect on the deeper meaning of life. The book shows that as one season rolls into the next, life goes on as well and the reader gets to share uplifting anecdotes as well as heartbreaking episodes. The book is written in a very compelling way. It is a story about self-discovery, courage, inner strength and resilience.
Barbara Hasenoehrl, Review & Survey Group member