Early Customer Reviews are in for 5-13: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival by Nancy Rankie Shelton
Nancy Rankie Shelton’s 5-13, A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival is a breathtaking read. At Garn we consider 5-13 to be not only a work of great courage but also a literary triumph. Nancy has an extraordinary capacity to share with the reader this brave work of an enduring human spirit who is not frightened to love, face death, and then reimagine her life. In 5-13: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival Nancy Rankie Shelton encourages readers to overcome their fears of cancer, remain steadfast and loving, survive the death of a loved one, and continue living. 5-13 is a brave love story beautifully written. Available as an early release on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
5-13: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-35-3
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-36-0
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-37-7
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Imprint: People & Society
Five-Star Amazon Reviews
In 5-13: A Memoir, Nancy Rankie Shelton shares her experiences between the time of her husband’s cancer diagnosis and his death, just five months later. The work – which reads like a diary – is open, honest and confidential. Dr. Shelton invites us to bear witness to a wide range of emotions – heartbreak, anger, frustration and, most important, her abiding love. I could not put her book down.
As Dr. Shelton notes early in her work, our response to different events is entirely affected by the environment in which we find ourselves, and the people with whom we interact. With this in mind, she discusses with candor her emotional responses to both the medical personnel who treated her husband and the facilities in which that treatment occurred. What we see is that while modern medicine can achieve so much, it can also be complicated, intimidating and stressful for patients and their families. Moreover, again and again, we see that while expertise matters, so does practitioners’ humanity. Dr. Shelton longed for her husband to be seen as more than a “case” or a “patient;” rather, she longed for him to be seen for the husband, father, friend and highly-respected geneticist that he was. There was much to take in here, and I am certain that I will be thinking about Dr. Shelton’s words for a long time. I highly recommend this book.
Nancy Rankie Shelton’s 5-13, A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival is a breathtaking read. It is work of great courage but also a literary triumph. Like an uncut diamond it is rough reading in places and then the light fractures and you feel the surge of an enduring human spirit who is not frightened to love, face death, and then reimagine her life. Death is a common theme in fictional novels, so it should not surprise us that several nonfiction books dealing with issues of mortality have become best sellers. Dying with dignity, end of life decisions, assisted suicide and advances in health care are important topics in today’s society. Nancy Rankie Shelton contributes to this body of work in her book, 5-13, A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival, which leads the reader through her husband Jack’s cancer diagnosis and his death, with moving vignettes of life and love woven throughout the text. With the publication of 5:13, Nancy takes her place along side Mitch Albom, Joan Didion, Randy Pausch, Paul Kalanithi, Oliver Sacks, Atul Gawande, and Diane Rehm.
What a touching story to read. I have lived with two family members battling cancer. One of these was a child who battled it twice and lived for many years before finally losing his battle in his 30’s. I felt myself reliving all of our family’s experiences during those years and also in the very same hospital here in Gainesville. I also knew Nancy and her family when I was younger, her son was a friend of my sister’s. To hear her talk about her experiences just touches the heart.
Read this book. That’s all I can say. Nancy Shelton does a phenomenal job taking the reader through this heartbreaking diagnosis and show us the power of family and love. You finish this book feeling empowered because you learn that no matter what the outcome may be, love never dies. This book stayed with me long after I finished it. I highly recommend it.
Magnificently written! A great way to find healing no matter your loss.
About 5-13: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival
In 5-13: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival, the realities of sharing life and death exemplify what it means to live and to love and will resonate with readers.
It’s two days after Christmas and seven days after Jack’s 58th birthday. Jack and his wife, Nancy, are enjoying their morning in their second home in Gainesville, Florida, when out of the blue Jack has a seizure. That afternoon he’s diagnosed with stage four metastatic lung cancer. In the following weeks, the constant uncertainty and ever-changing diagnoses of his disease, his rapidly deteriorating health, and the stress and confusion of managing his treatment define their lives. After four emergency trips to the hospital that all result in lengthy stays, he fights back from everything, even partial paralysis, absolutely refusing to stay down.
By March, Jack is strong enough to return home to Maryland with Nancy, where he continues treatment while they try to pick up the pieces of their lives. He survives three more emergency admissions to the hospital, but the stays are much shorter and he experiences more outpatient than inpatient care. Though Jack is able to return to work, Nancy is not – she spends her time and energy supporting Jack’s efforts to heal and providing care and encouragement for him. Jack’s health continues to fail. On June 9th he dies.
Cancer is not the sum total of their lives or this memoir. Reflections of the 35 years they were together are woven throughout the narrative. Jack’s childhood, their first date, the birth of their only child, their relationships with others that shaped both their personalities are all part of their story. Nancy’s identity as a wife, mother (and mother-in-law), sister, daughter and friend are all part of the experience.
In 5-13: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Survival Nancy Rankie Shelton encourages readers to overcome their fears of cancer, remain steadfast and loving, survive the death of a loved one, and continue living. 5-13 is a brave love story beautifully written.