Most of Me: Sur­viv­ing My Med­ical Meltdown

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February 28, 2012
At age forty-three, Robyn Michele Levy was diag­nosed with Parkinson’s dis­ease and, eight months lat­er, breast can­cer. Most of Me chron­i­cles Levy’s ear­ly, mys­te­ri­ous symp­toms (a drag­ging left foot, a frozen left hand, and final­ly, a crash into down­ward dead dog” posi­tion on the yoga mat), the dev­as­tat­ing diag­no­sis, her Cirque d’Oy Vey” dai­ly exer­cise rou­tine, her sub­se­quent dis­cov­ery of two lumps in her breast (Lit­tle Lump and Big Blob), her mas­tec­to­my and oophorec­to­my (after which she dis­cov­ers there is unfor­tu­nate­ly no ovary fairy), and her life since then deal­ing with her diverse dis­ease port­fo­lio.

In this bru­tal­ly hon­est yet hilar­i­ous mem­oir, Levy is accom­pa­nied by a fan­tas­tic cast of char­ac­ters: her kvetch­ing alter-ego Cry Lady, perky Dolores the Pros­the­sis, her loy­al dog Nel­lie, a con­voy of health pro­fes­sion­als (includ­ing Dr. Mintz the men­sch who dress­es like a snazzy Jew­ish cow­boy), Baba Lea-Lea – her feisty moth­er who dyes her hair Atom­ic Pink, and Zaide Go-Go – her ail­ing father who sports a sci­at­ic leg and has an end­less sup­ply of Hen­ny Young­man and Grou­cho Marx jokes.

Most of Me offers a unique glimpse into a cre­ative mind, an ail­ing body, and the restora­tive pow­er of humor and fantasy.

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