Maybe I’m being a bit maudlin, but I thought this chronicle of Robyn Michele Levy’s experience with fighting two diseases, “Most of Me,” was really funny — not only funny. It was also very sad and very clever, and it made me want to be friends with Levy, who is the author and main character.
“Most of Me” tells the true story of 43-year-old Levy as she copes with her diagnoses — Parkinson’s Disease and, only eight months later, breast cancer. Without minimizing the realities of her illnesses, Levy finds humor in scary, sad circumstances.
Levy’s memoir takes us through the madness of doctors, diagnoses, the stressors of family, and all of the accompanying trials of tests, medicines, surgery and recovery; she never pretends to be stoic, pleasant or up-beat. It is her “realness” that makes Levy so lovable, and renders her memoir so readable. This book also serves as a reminder of how the support of loving family and friends really does make a difference.
By the way, if I’m maudlin, I’m not alone. “Most of Me,” Levy’s first book, was short-listed for the 2012 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.