In Carol Ann Larson’s book, When the Trip Changes, A Traveler’s Advisory to Colorectal Cancer, the survivor narrates the story of her diagnosis, treatment and recovery from colon cancer. She interlaces the story of her trip to Italy, a journey she takes near end of her medical battle. While it may seem that these two travels are not connected, the fact that Larson weaves her medical experiences into the adventure of a European trip helps to underscore the theme throughout the book that colon cancer can happen to anyone, at anytime, regardless of their plans. Comedienne Brenda Elsagher, author of If the Battle is Over, Why am I Still in Uniform?, I’d Like to Buy a Bowel Please, and Bedpan Banter comments on the book.
“Carol Larson takes an awful experience and partners it with an adventure of a lifetime. The writing is clever yet simple and gives insight to the reader about things they didn’t even know to question. It is an intimate look into her life as she deals with cancer resulting in an ostomy and one that she easily transitions into useful information to help others who might be on a similar journey. This book would be great for caregivers and anyone struggling with a physical issue; it was a pleasure to read. She has the most current and up-to-date resources listed as well.”
Each chapter of When the Trip Changes, A Travelers Advisory to Colorectal Cancer focuses on a different component of the cancer experience. Topics include colonoscopy, diagnosis, surgery, and chemotherapy. At the end of each section, Larson includes a comprehensive checklist to help patients and caregivers navigate through the different stages of the process. With a foreword by medical oncologist Kathleen Ogle, the book is both entertaining and an excellent resource for those who find themselves on an unexpected journey.
Carol Ann Larson has authored three books about colorectal cancer, When the Trip Changes, Positive Options for Colorectal Cancer, and Life Lines-Keeping Your Head above Water. Last year, Carol received a national “Breaking Boundaries Award” from the Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C3) and is currently the newsletter editor for the Ostomy Association of the Minneapolis Area (OAMA.)
- When the Trip Changes was revised in 2009 with additional information and resources for patients and survivors, and updated content about Carol’s path through survivorship.
Paperback: 149 pages
Published: 2009 (earlier versions published in 2003, 2007)
The book may be purchased through the Colon Cancer Coalition for $15 which includes shipping and handling. Call 952-426-6521 to purchase using a credit card or send a check for $15 to 8009 34th Ave, Suite 360, Bloomington, MN 55425.
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