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  1. says:

    Between the first and last pages of this stirring true story lie the answers of how to walk with grace through one of life s darkest traumas, be guided by a courage outside of yourself, and emerge whole All the Above is as much the story of a husband and wife facing the reality that their nineteen year old son may die, as it is the story of his heroism knowing his death may be imminent McDermott s prose succeeds, as she weaves the details of a family s intricate feelings as they walk through a Between the first and last pages of this stirring true story lie the answers of how to walk with grace through one of life s darkest traumas, be guided by a courage outside of yourself, and emerge whole All the Above is as much the story of a husband and wife facing the reality that their nineteen year old son may die, as it is the story of his heroism knowing his death may be imminent McDermott s prose succeeds, as she weaves the details of a family s intricate feelings as they walk through a very private and emotional journey The first inclination that something isn t right is when Julia McDermott hears her son s complaints during a telephone call Nineteen year old Jack tells his mother that blurry vision is marring his attempts to study for his University of Georgia freshman final exams McDermott tells her son that she will make an appointment with the family eye doctor for the week he arrives home after finals She assures him that glasses will undoubtedly correct his vision problems.Upon examination, the eye doctor, a neighbor and friend, tells the family that Jack must see an ophthalmology specialist right away She arranges for an appointment that afternoon At a nearby hospital, a doctor delivers Julia and Dennis McDermott a stark verdict Sign this surgical agreement and allow me to operate now, he says to them Jack s brain requires the immediate release of pressure from an edema, or death is the alternative Biopsy results from the edema surgery show a cancerous brain tumor that must be removed As Jack recovers, the family approaches the next surgery with research, and narrows the field of brain surgeons to three Their decision is a joint one, with Jack taking the lead in the selection They will go to the University of North Carolina where a renowned ophthalmic surgeon will remove Jack s tumor.From cuddling with her husband in a motel room bed the night before Jack s surgery, to the orange plastic seats in a gray walled hospital waiting room, McDermott delivers We are immersed in each intimate detail as she tells their story.If you re a parent of a healthy child, this book will resonate with you long after you turn the last page If you re a parent of a child struggling with a serious illness, this book is a guiding light No matter who you are, you won t be disappointed as you root for this family whose spiritual and physical support of one another carried them through All the Above is creative nonfiction at its best It s guaranteed This memoir will keep you on the edge of your chairor your pillow Sleep will wait until you turn the final page


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this family s journey Ms McDermott shared some of her most vulnerable moments with us without shame A very inspirational story for anyone, especially for someone who may be battling a health crisis.


  3. says:

    This is a very well written story of a family s journey through brain cancer Having just gone through a serious medical issue with our son though not as intense as Jack s brain cancer , the author s insights and emotions resonated with me and kept me engaged all the way My wife even commented that she has never seen me read a book with such intensity I found this book through a write up in the UNC alumni magazine I was immediately drawn in by, of all things, the cover Potential spoiler ale This is a very well written story of a family s journey through brain cancer Having just gone through a serious medical issue with our son though not as intense as Jack s brain cancer , the author s insights and emotions resonated with me and kept me engaged all the way My wife even commented that she has never seen me read a book with such intensity I found this book through a write up in the UNC alumni magazine I was immediately drawn in by, of all things, the cover Potential spoiler alert so thankful to read the update on Jack in the alumni magazine


  4. says:

    I read this book in two days I felt so many different emotions while reading it I felt so sorry for the family to have to deal with this horrible and scary situation Poor Jack having to go through cancer treatments while in the beginning of his college career The book was very well written and an honest story of how the family coped during this time of tragedy It showed how the McDermott family relied on their strong faith while so many obstacles were being thrown their way I loved this bo I read this book in two days I felt so many different emotions while reading it I felt so sorry for the family to have to deal with this horrible and scary situation Poor Jack having to go through cancer treatments while in the beginning of his college career The book was very well written and an honest story of how the family coped during this time of tragedy It showed how the McDermott family relied on their strong faith while so many obstacles were being thrown their way I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down


  5. says:

    Beautiful book, lovely familyThis book shows whatshould be all about really well written, personal story with depth and insight This family is so likable Very engaging prose, and thankfully, as it is a true account, a happy outcome Thanks to the author for sharing her work An absolute privilege to read it Best of luck.


  6. says:

    I enjoyed the love of the familyYou felt like you were a part of their lives You could tell how it touched everyone that was connected to this young man How God had a different plan for him What nice young man Very touching story


  7. says:

    A feel good storyWas holding my breath the whole way and was not disappointed Some brain cancers can be cured thank goodness Too many times you take life for granted and sweat the small things Hope this book makes you stop and smell the roses


  8. says:

    Uplifting, but while I appreciate the authors s no nonsense writing style, her tendency to describe everything every person they encounter, every doctor, every room and chair they sit in, EVERYTHING quickly became tiresome I found myself skimming through page after page, looking for when the next interesting thing happened I am, however, delighted that she shared this uplifting story in which others may discern God s grace.


  9. says:

    Hard TimesHow can you not give a mother who has written a book about her son s cancer a five star review There were some typos which would not be caught with a spell check I also thought the book drifted sometimes into the mundane aspects of life I enjoyed reading about their relationship having a son myself.


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All the Above: My son's battle with brain cancer On His 19th Birthday And The Day After His Freshman Year At The University Of Georgia, Jack McDermott Was Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor Sitting Right Behind His Optic Nerves, The Tumor Rapidly Threatened To Take His Vision, And Jack Was Rushed Into Surgery For The Next Six Months, He Fought The Battle Of His Life Told With Honesty, Tenderness, And Compassion, All The Above Chronicles His Mom S Emotional Struggle As She And Her Family Did Everything Possible To Help Jack Survive Brain Cancer This Inspiring True Story Of Courage, Optimism, And Hope Will Touch All Those Whose World Has Changed In A Day, And Who Have Faced Grief And Loss.