• Blood Brother

  • A Memoir
  • By: Susan Keller
  • Narrated by: Lexi Mae
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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As a happily married, 55-year-old professional woman, Susan had it all-or thought she did - until the day of her shocking diagnosis with stage IV Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive disease. Ninety-eight percent of her bone marrow was cancerous, and a heart attack or brain aneurism was imminent. Within minutes of being admitted to the hospital, her beautifully ordinary life disappeared.

Facing a possible death sentence, Susan experienced visions so lucid and beautiful that she imagined she was looking into the foyer of death or a magnificent afterlife. Her mind and body melded into all that surrounded her. Bliss replaced all fear.

But during the darkest moments, Susan questioned the nature of mortality. Does death have the same shape, sound, and feeling for everyone? Did the father she yearned for think of her the moment he died? What would she think of? Would there be regret, celebration, or nothingness?

After months of grueling inpatient chemo, she faced another seemingly impossible hurdle. To live, she needed a stem cell transplant. But Johnny - her brilliant, off-the-grid brother - was the only possible donor. He hadn't been heard from in 30 years.

©2021 Susan Keller (P)2021 Tantor

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Excellent - by Story and Design

How interesting can the story be of someone who's going through treatment for cancer? Answer: very.
Susan Keller's story is so beautifully designed, guiding you through the complications of childhood trauma, layers of the bad news resulting from Her diagnosis, loving and supporting husband, and the kind of transparency that is helpful and inspiring for all of us.
Blood Brother is beautifully designed. This author's skillfully layers details of her life and the challenges that she faces, keeping me interested from beginning to end.
My only critique is the narrator, Lexi Mae, in Hip-hop Style dropping the letter "T" from words, such as for "co 'in" for "cotton", or "sa 'in" for "satin". She needs to work on this.