Rating: 3.5 / 5
Sydneysider Julie Randall was living the good life. She was fit, loved her job, adored her husband and daughters and had just turned 50. But out of the blue she suffered a severe brain seizure and was diagnosed with stage four metastatic advanced melanoma. Julie was told to prepare herself for the fact that she was unlikely to survive.
Julie’s journey through ‘the valley of the shadow of death’ is a compelling read. Her search for a cure leads her to an experimental drug trial in Portland, Oregon, where she becomes known as ‘Patient 71’. It’s a roller- coaster ride, but Julie manages to cling onto her sense of humour and adventure despite some very bleak moments.
Patient 71 is Julie’s story, but its message is for everyone. Read it and discover how determination, courage, optimism and love can be the best of companions in times of adversity.