When life gives you pears : the healing power of family, faith, and funny people

by Gaffigan, Jeannie, 1970-

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The Big Sick meets Dad is Fat in this funny and heartfelt memoir from writer, director, wife, and mother Jeannie Gaffigan, as she reflects on the life-changing impact of battling a pear-sized brain tumor.

In 2017, Jeannie's life came to a crashing halt when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. As the mother of 5 kids-6 if you include her husband-sat in the neurosurgery department in star-covered sweats too whimsical for the seriousness of the situation, all she could think was "Am I going to die?"

Thankfully, Jeannie and her family were able to survive their time of crisis, and now she is sharing her deeply personal journey through this miraculous story: the challenging conversations she had with her children; how she came to terms with feeling powerless and ferociously crabby while bedridden and unable to eat for a month; and how she ultimately learned, re-learned and re re-learned to be more present in life.

With sincerity and hilarity, Jeannie invites you into her heart (and brain) during this trying time, emphasizing the importance of family, faith and humor as keys to her recovery and leading a more fulfilling life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gaffigan has been, thus far, the somewhat-silent partner to her comedian husband, Jim. Not totally silent: she has produced and cowritten a significant portion of his books, comedy specials, and TV shows over the last 14 years. But now, finally, we can hear her own very funny and unique thoughts on family, faith, her husband, and the pear-shaped brain tumor that almost killed her in 2017. Gaffigan, who spent many post-brain-surgery months in the hospital and then working through in-home recovery, leaned hard on her Catholic faith and big, loving family throughout her saga. And what a wild ride it is: funny, endearing, and filled with glimpses of life pretumor, like how she met Jim and how much she loves the Nolita neighborhood of N.Y.C. Fans of Jim's comedy will feel right at home here, and newcomers will love Gaffigan's optimism, humor, and fascinating fight to reclaim her life. A fun blend of celebrity, mom, and medical memoir rolled into one, with lots of behind-the-scenes photos. Here's hoping she narrates her own audiobook.--Diana Platt Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Comedy writer Gaffigan presents a surprisingly hilarious story about surviving a brain tumor in this debut memoir. Also a producer and mother of five, Gaffigan (who is married to comedian Jim Gaffigan) ignores increasingly annoying symptoms--declining hearing in one ear, balance problems--until a doctor insists she get checked out. The resulting MRI revealed a pear-shaped tumor (the inspiration for the book's title) crowding Gaffigan's brain stem--and turned her life, and her family's, upside down. Throughout a difficult period involving a tracheotomy, feeding tube, and a stay in the intensive care unit, Gaffigan never loses her sense of humor, even when eating has been a struggle for several weeks. She also relays other difficult times in her life--especially an earlier loss of a much-wanted premature baby daughter--with grace and unflinching honesty. Her Catholic faith is evident throughout and her accessible writing style and honest voice create an intoxicating spell as she writes tenderly of learning the importance of living in the moment. Whimsically, Gaffigan thanks her brain tumor in her acknowledgements, for teaming her with outstanding medical providers and for inspiring her loving family. Readers will be uplifted by Gaffigan's perseverance and outlook. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Gaffigan, Jeannie, -- 1970- -- Health.
Brain -- Tumors -- Patients -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First edition.
Contributors Gaffigan, Jim, writer of foreword.
Language English
Description ix, 305 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781538751046
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