Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me

Book - 2014
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A New York Times bestseller!

An Amazon Best Books of 2014 selection

"If you're reading this, it means I'm already dead. Just kidding."

In 2009, at thirty years old, Bryan Bishop's life was right on track. Known to millions as "Bald Bryan," the sidekick and soundman on the record-setting podcast, The Adam Carolla Show , his radio career was taking off. He was newly engaged. Then, he and his fiancée Christie were delivered a crushing blow when he was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma--an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan's promising future was transformed into a grueling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy while facing his mortality.

In this poignant narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and hysterical, Bishop shares the surreal experiences of writing his will with the bravado of a pulp novelist, taking chemo in a strip club, and (technically) the closest he ever got to achieving his lifelong dream of a threesome--when a physical therapist had to show his wife how to bathe him in the shower during his weakened state.

Whether recounting his search for the most aggressive form of treatment, how radiation treatment jeopardized his ability to (literally) walk down the aisle or even smile for his wedding photos, or recalling the time his wife inadvertently drugged him in a pool in Maui, Bishop's inimitable voice radiates through his story.

As the author celebrates how treatment shrunk his tumor and gave him a new lease on life, Shrinkage reveals the resilience of the human spirit--and the power of laughter--during even the darkest times.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2014
ISBN: 9781250039842
Branch Call Number: 921 BIS
Characteristics: xiv, 320 p. :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm


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Apr 03, 2018

A good read all the way through. The author focuses on a very rough six month journey through chemo and radiation after his diagnosis of a brain tumor. The treatment resulted in a full-on assault of his body. He writes of how he got through it by finding the right doctors, therapists and those in his circle of support. Since he was a part of the Adam Carolla show, of course there is humor and irreverence!

ScottBlanche Jun 01, 2015

This book is not a bible for those who read it. It is for those who know it.

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