Reviews of Melanoma Mama: On Life, Death, and Tent Camping


"In Melanoma Mama, Constance Crooker flips the bird at cancer. She tells a gripping story of her terrifying diagnosis followed by her gutsy refusal to give in to disease or despair. Crooker takes us on two fascinating trips -- her nearly miraculous medical journey and her solo camping trip across America. Along the way we get to know a real woman, funny, feisty, sometimes raunchy, always warm and open to ideas, emotions and anything life can throw her way. (Plenty!) Melanoma Mama transcends the usual cancer journal, offering instead a true celebration of life and a glass of champagne tossed in the face of the Grim Reaper."
-Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, former editor in chief, "The New York Times Book Review"

"Melanoma Mama captivates the reader with an extraordinary journey from one extreme to another; from battling metastatic melanoma to living life abundantly. The cross-country trip took a double dose of courage considering what the author had been through. This book makes you count your own blessings. Thank goodness that Connie Crooker is here to tell her remarkable story."
-Laura D. Tannenbaum, MS, Creative Director, RCW McCann Healthcare

"Humorous, honest, poignant. Revealing about the author, and enlightening about the process. I was wonderfully educated, certainly about the IL-2 treatments, but also about geology and Einstein's Theory of Relativity. I underlined thoughts, passages, and imagery many times."
-Ann Soule, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. Cancer Patient Advocate, Providence Hospital

"A very inspiring journey and well worth reading for those with cancer and their family members. It is one of the best descriptions of IL-2 therapy from a patient perspective and an excellent description of why one should not give up hope."
-Dr. Marc Ernstoff, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School

"Melanoma Mama reads beautifully. It is lively and full of humor. This book is a winner!"
Ruth Daniloff, international journalist and co-author with Nicholas Daniloff and Dr. Khassan Baiev of The Oath, A Surgeon Under Fire

"One of the best descriptions of interleukin-2 treatments I have ever read."
Dr. Brendan Curti, M.D., melanoma oncologist and research director, Providence Cancer Center. Directs one of the busiest high-dose IL-2 programs in the country.