A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope

A Lucky Life Interrupted A Memoir of Hope From Tom Brokaw the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long happy and lucky life To

  • Title: A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope
  • Author: Tom Brokaw
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  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Tom Brokaw, the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy, and lucky life.Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life, with a strong marriage and family, many friends, and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty two years as anchor of the NBCFrom Tom Brokaw, the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy, and lucky life.Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life, with a strong marriage and family, many friends, and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author But in the summer of 2013, when back pain led him to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic, his run of good luck was interrupted He received shocking news He had multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer Friends had always referred to Brokaw s lucky star, but as he writes in this inspiring memoir, Turns out that star has a dimmer switch Brokaw takes us through all the seasons and stages of this surprising year, the emotions, discoveries, setbacks, and struggles times of denial, acceptance, turning points, and courage After his diagnosis, Brokaw began to keep a journal, approaching this new stage of his life in a familiar role as a journalist, determined to learn as much as he could about his condition, to report the story, and help others facing similar battles That journal became the basis of this wonderfully written memoir, the story of a man coming to terms with his own mortality, contemplating what means the most to him now, and reflecting on what has meant the most to him throughout his life.Brokaw also pauses to look back on some of the important moments in his career memories of Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the morning of September 11, 2001, in New York City, and Through it all, Brokaw writes in the warm, intimate, natural voice of one of America s most beloved journalists, giving us Brokaw on Brokaw, and bringing us with him as he navigates pain, procedures, drug regimens, and physical rehabilitation Brokaw also writes about the importance of patients taking an active role in their own treatment, and of the vital role of caretakers and coordinated care.Generous, informative, and deeply human, A Lucky Life Interrupted offers a message of understanding and empowerment, resolve and reality, hope for the future and gratitude for a well lived life.

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  • Tom Brokaw

    Thomas John Brokaw is an American television journalist and author, previously working on regularly scheduled news documentaries for the NBC television network, and is the former NBC News anchorman and managing editor of the program NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw His last broadcast as anchorman was on December 1, 2004, succeeded by Brian Williams in a carefully planned transition In the later part of Tom Brokaw s tenure, NBC Nightly News became the most watched cable or broadcast news program in the United States Brokaw also hosted, wrote, and moderated special programs on a wide range of topics Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.Brokaw serves on the Howard University School of Communications Board of Visitors and on the boards of trustees of the University of South Dakota, the Norton Simon Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the International Rescue Committee As well as his television journalism, he has written for periodicals and has authored books He still works at NBC as a Special Correspondent.

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  • A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw is a thought provoking, and tender book. I have always admired Tom Brokaw for his honest and unbiased ways and this book goes into his personal life and shows what a truly wonderful and strong character he is. A powerful message, esp to those of us that battle against problems. Maybe not cancer but other problems too that are life changing and dramatic. He gives a hope and encouragement with his calm and soothing manner. I got this book fr [...]


  • The only reason I read this book is because my close friend was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable but treatable blood cancer. When I visited him in Ann Arbor I noticed someone had given him this book, though still was surprised he would read it. Our shared tastes would lean more toward Bukowski than Brokaw, the author of such irrepressibly plucky tomes as The Greatest Generation. Yikes. I have nothing against the guy. Seems like a good person, but he's just not the kind of t [...]


  • My preconceived notion of what I expected from this book did not come to fruition. Do admire Tom Brokaw's professional life and his other books. I did learn some about the illness, multiple myeloma, however it was mainly a lesson in American medical care available if you're a 'personality', have connections, and have unlimited resources. I know that this book was written as a 'memoir', however by the end I grew rather tired of all the name-dropping.


  • Perhaps I just need to stay away from memoirs. I found this agonizing to read. I understand that he has cancer, I feel for him but he comes across as pompous and doesn't realize how lucky he is to have the resources that he does to get through this disease.


  • Twenty one years ago, my father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a relatively rare cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells. He was told that MM is incurable, but eminently treatable; however, he succumbed to it just a few months later. Thus, it was with more than passing interest that I read Tom Brokaw's chronicle of his own encounter with the disease.Treatments for multiple myeloma have improved considerably in recent years, although Brokaw reports that more than 11,000 people died of it in [...]


  • First, know that I admire Tom Brokaw immensely. I've read his books about World War II and feel he is an excellent writer, journalist and person. This book, though, about his year-long battle with multiple myeloma, was not just about his experiences with cancer. He would often get side-tracked and relate stories about being in Normandy to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day, or reminisce about his on-the-scene coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also talks about the terrorist attacks on 9 [...]


  • I have always enjoyed Tom Brokow's writing. In this memoir he shares his journey with multiple myeloma, from diagnosis into remission. His zest for living, while knowing he's in his final years, is quite inspiring. I sincerely wish his every hope is realized.


  • This was really an interesting book learning about what Tom Brokaw went through when he found out about his cancer. I've always admired Tom so I really wanted to know this information.


  • Perhaps the title, "A Lucky Life" should have prepared me, but I was struck (and turned off) by the "1%er" perspective. This book, while trying to be a serious memoir, reads more like a bit of a whine by one who doesn't want to be thought of as a whiner and has lived a *very* privileged life. At one point, Brokaw emphasizes that no one can truly understand the horror of being diagnosed with cancer until one *is* diagnosed with cancer. Well, I kept thinking that this book proves that no one can t [...]


  • This was a good book, but it would have been even better had Mr. Brokaw spent more time talking about his illness, and less time talking about all of his celebrity friends and his career accomplishments. I've read similar books written by well known people, all of which were not so self centered. Mr. Brokaw comes across as an individual who is in need of ego boosting, thus the reason for the constant references to all of the 'important' things that he's done as a journalist, and the incessant na [...]


  • I read this book for obvious reasons (Multiple Myeloma diagnosis), but thought Tom Brokaw name-dropped and went on about details of his very out-of-reach-for-most-people life way too much to make this book one with which most fellow MM patients could identify.


  • Aptly named, this memoir is the telling of not only Brokaw's experience as a cancer patient but the life that cancer interrupted. It's insightful into both his life and the disruption the diagnosis of multiple myeloma brought to it. I didn't find his "name dropping" (as some reviewers have called it) to be off putting because that is his life and so why should he try to hide it? I found his reminiscing to be interesting and show the contrast with his life during treatment and today. Having lost [...]


  • There may be other people who can get a personal consultation from Jerome Groopman (How Doctors Think) and well wishes from former presidents, and I am genuinely glad Brokaw has, thus far, survived multiple myeloma, but this medical memoir seems more than a little tone deaf, starting with the abysmal subtitle, "a Memoir of Hope," when he's clearly fortunate enough to have a lot more going for him than just that.


  • I love Tom Brokaw, so it's unlikely he's going to write something that I don't love. This memoir is about his diagnosis with cancer, but he discusses important historical events that he's covered with NBC. What an amazing, down-to-earth, Midwestern guy and hero. I love him.


  • The events are of what happens to Tom leading up and about 1 year after he was diagnosed with cancer. This one really short at 230 pages and it is a smaller book, so really like 150 pages. The book is not one of his finest. It goes off on way too many tangents and it lacks focus, which is a surprise.Unless you love everything about Tom you can probably skip it.


  • I had to call it quits when I read," A New York financial wiz and big time foodie called regularly with offers of home cooked meals. An NBC colleague baked cookies for grandchildren visits." Oy. the name dropping and total oblivion of what the "average" person goes through, killed me. I'm a Bone Marrow Nurse. I see the sh*t those w/ mm have to go through and I don't want to discount that this happened to him. However, listening to him complain about how Sunday mornings were "especially difficult [...]


  • Much enjoyed listening to Brokaw's take on his life prior to and during his battle with cancer. Wish he had read it himself, but . . . .


  • I've always liked and respected Tom Brokaw, and now I like him even more!As a cancer survivor, this book really spoke to me.This is not just a book about his battle with Multiple Myeloma (MM), which by the way is treatable / manageable, but not curable -- at this stage, Brokaw's cancer is manageable, but also a brief history of his broadcasting career. So, just what is this thing that Brokaw refers to as MM throughout this book. According to the author (and Google), "Plasma cells that help you f [...]


  • I had seen a portion of the television special Tom Brokaw did on cancer and how it reared its ugly head in his life and was sorry I had not caught all of it. I wanted to learn more, so I picked up the book. I have always admired Brokaw, although (and this is a SMALL thing in the scheme of life) it is hard to listen to his pronunciation of Ls, but I never knew much about his personal life. He has indeed, led a lucky life, with a very happy marriage, highly successful children (who seemed not to h [...]


  • I've always admired Tom Brokaw as a reporter/journalist but now I admire him even more for his courage and his willingness to share his story. This is a book where he takes us through his incredibly painful and frightening diagnosis and treatment of multiple myeloma. This is a rare form of cancer and it began with bone pain which, because of his age, he assumed was arthritis. I'm sure a very common assumption.He details the steps to diagnosis and early treatment at the Mayo Clinic. Further treat [...]


  • Providing a play by play of 2 years with cancer, from diagnosis through ups and downs of treatment regimens to the hoped for maintenance program, Brokaw gives a clear voice to cancer patients everywhere, I imagine. However, I think the voice he gives to vibrant geriatrics facing their own mortality is even more poignant. With a delicate balance between nostalgia, realism, gratitude and hopefulness, Brokaw reminds us all of what is important in life and death. While the average person couldn't po [...]


  • The author admits at the age of 75, he has “moved into the neighborhood of life where there are few long-term leases.” From the first page to last, Tom Brokaw, 2.6.40, recalls his Midwest childhood, parents, family pets, his wife, children and grandchildren; along with his working family and the adventures he has been lucky enough to be a part of.I’ve long been a fan of Brokaw’s respected reporting of American events as well as those on the world stage; and enjoyed his many writings on t [...]


  • The great thing about reading an autobiography of a famous person is that you can usually hear them speaking in their own voice. Very true in this case. This is Tom Brokaw's story of his wonderful life and then the not so wonderful time in his life when he found out he had multiple myeloma. This book chronicles his diagnosis and all he went through.But he also talks about his lucky life and how fortunate that he was able to afford the BEST care in the world by the best doctors, and the resources [...]


  • I really loved this book. Mr. Brokaw brings up some very timely and pressing points regarding healthcare options for cancer patients (and other comprehensive diseases) and the difference for those who can't afford the necessary care needed to fight their disease. He also touches on the enhanced comprehensive care given to any patient when there is a coordination of treatment plans among doctors of different specialties treating any one patient. This is a coordination that is mostly lacking in th [...]


  • Thought he had a lot to say about hope, treatment advances and the importance of a support network, and the snippets from his front-row seat to world history were fascinating. That said, however, there was far too much name-dropping for my tastes. No doubt that as a journalist, Brokaw finds it hard to write about himself. Whom he golfed with, dined with, hunted with, etc would not have sounded bad coming from a biographer, but coming from him, it read more like puffery. Brokaw is better as a jou [...]


  • Brokaw's candid and no-nonsense account of his diagnosis of and treatment for multiple myeloma is sober, informative, and sprinkled throughout with reflective anecdotes as he meets and wrestles with the jarring reality of cancer. Tom gives advice from his experience as a patient to anyone else hearing those clinical words, offering encouragement as a guy has also been caught in the trenches battling cancer- it happens, but with modern medicine and strength found in friends and family, hope and h [...]


  • I was apprehensive to start this book because I fear cancer so much. I’m glad I didn’t let fear take over because there was so much to glean from Tom’s reflection on his life and his many months of battling multiple myeloma. I loved his ending to the book and I think he has a way of capturing in words what life is all about. I loved the quote that he gave at his brother’s memorial: “Streams and rivers are like life – they have a source and a destination. They have stretches of calmne [...]


  • I admit, I expected more depth from this book, but it is a quick and interesting read. In sharing his experiences with cancer, Brokaw explores the state of the American healthcare system, the realities of an aging population, and the importance of family, friends, and self in navigating a personal crisis. Intertwined with these ideas are reflections on the people and events that shaped the twentieth century as seen as remembered by one of the most respected and beloved journalists of his era.


  • As a Cancer survivor i expected more from the book. However, when you consider that Mr.Brokaw isn't your average person his experience in finding the best treatment and doctors wasn't so surprising. I did get a little tired of name dropping,etc. In spite of all this I did understand his recognizing this as a wakeup call that he was mortal and was going to have to face getting older like the rest us.


  • Thanks to my husband for finding and recommending this gem. We have long admired this journalist and loved getting to know him better. Those of us who grew up amidst the events and the people Brokaw reported on can appreciate the juxtaposition of his intimate journey with cancer and the sweeping scope of his memories and experiences. Treat yourself to this journal - it's not long but runs deep.


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