Book Review | Home Before Dark

Title: Home Before Dark: A Family Portrait of Cancer and Healing

Author: David Treadway, Kate Treadway, Michael Treadway, Sam Treadway

My Review:

I have to say that in our family, although there have been many struggles, we have not had to shoulder the burden of someone having cancer. This book made me feel like I was part of their family in a way.

It is a diary type story of the journey one family takes through a fight with cancer. Each chapter recalls all events from when the family first found out, to all of the things that took place throughout the process. Every new chapter has the family members name as the title telling you that they are “speaking” in this segment.

Dad is the patient and a therapist, Mom is a doctor and they are a close knit family. It was interesting to get the wife’s thoughts especially since she understood even more than those of us who are not doctors what was happening to her husband. The other thing I found interesting was hearing about how all of their lives “went on” even through this ordeal and the guilt that ensued sometimes because of it.

I found this book to be very honest and here is a quote that breathes honesty to me. {page 125} “… I certainly hope that an optimistic, positive attitude is not actually a key element in surviving cancer, as some have claimed. The research is quite sketchy. I think being encouraged to ‘fight’ cancer carries a subtle message of responsibility for the outcome. If I die of this damn thing, does that mean I did not fight it ‘hard’ enough? That implication really pisses me off…”

This story is heartbreaking, painfully personal at times, yet inspiring and refreshing too. I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend it whether or not you have ever faced this disease in your own world.

Thank you Treadway family, for this deeply intimate look into your family’s life. I am sure not all would have the courage to give such a piece of themselves to others and I know many people will be better for having read it.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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