When she was 15, Patti Trull's knee began to hurt. Though she wasn't told at first, a biopsy revealed a highly malignant...

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When she was 15, Patti Trull's knee began to hurt. Though she wasn't told at first, a biopsy revealed a highly malignant tumor. Chemotherapy and radiation treatment followed, then lung surgery when X-rays showed the cancer had spread. Meanwhile there was a second leg biopsy; the test was negative but the wound ulcerated and wouldn't heal, and eventually the decision was made to amputate. Trull takes readers through her medical ordeal, describing her feelings and her family's reactions at every stage, then goes on to her years at college, her decision to be an occupational therapist to help children with cancer, her return in that capacity to the hospital where she'd been a patient, and the sad cases of several children she lost to cancer. Now 30, Trull still doesn't wear her artificial leg much, but without it she dates, has a new career, and even skis. Her true story has the reliable appeal of the committed and spirited cancer survivor.

Pub Date: April 22, 1983

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Putnam

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1983