The Focused Fight

Terri Tomoff shares her informative and transformative memoir regarding her son’s distinction of being a 5X cancer survivor from childhood through adult cancers. Her unique storytelling skills chronicle the universal account of his (and her family’s) struggles from the day of diagnosis in 1996, to her son’s survivorship and where they all stand proudly today. She weaves her story with facts, humor, and hope and gratitude. She then articulates the power of community and the unwavering support she and her family received from the doctors to the dog walkers. Her readers will appreciate her “Chats from the Other Side of the Bed,” along with over 50 powerful reflections that illustrate that it does indeed take a village.

Terri is currently at work on her second book fall/ winter 2021

Recent Praise for the Focused Fight

J. M. Smith
J. M. Smith
Five Times a Survivor…
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How does a young man of 26 become “Volunteer of the Year” in the very respected organization, “Special Love, Inc.” and receive, “The Aslan Projects Temesgen Gamacho Award,” in honor of volunteer Efforts and promotion of hope to children and adults, in the spirit of Temesgan? What life events prepared this young man and his family to receive the 2020 “Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Award” for unwavering support of art therapy and Tracy’s kids Organization? Come to know and experience Ryan Tomoff’s and his families “Focused Fight.” This true story is passionately written and carefully crafted to draw the reader into the unchosen direction life sometimes takes us. With chapters introduced by potent quotes, the chronologically told story revisits the fight for life and family survival, with an ending in gratitude and appreciation for the unending giving of others.
Hp G.
Hp G.
A triumphant, compelling page-turner of a family’s battle to overcome childhood cancer.
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Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a smart, humorous and eye-opening story of the power of family, community and love. The author leads the reader on a journey of hope. We know the outcome at the beginning of the book, which is a great way to start. So the tough trials and periods of frustration, pain and anxiety are easier to take knowing that the family eventually triumphs. So many detailed insights and memorable characters lighten the tale as we realize the extent of the lives touched and that touch this special child’s path to healing. Anyone that has been affected by a long term illness, either their own or someone they love, will appreciate the unique voice of a mother who navigates the unknown rough seas of hospitals, clinics, medical protocols, specialists and medical professionals. With humor and grace she expresses a mindset and attitude that pulls everyone along and we are happy to take this journey with her and her family.
D. Bourne
D. Bourne
What Fighting Cancer Can Teach You
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If there is a story of HOPE, this is it. Cancer is an unbelievable enemy to many. But when it bullies a young child, it is unimaginable. If there is a story of HOPE, this is it. Cancer is an unbelievable enemy to many. But when it bullies a young child, it is unimaginable. Wow. Terry Tomoff’s book title gets it right. The Focused Fight: A Childhood Cancer Journey: From Mayhem to Miracles is quite a journey. You may say to yourself, why would I want to go down such a difficult road? What’s harder than watching a child suffer through five bouts of cancer? It’s a good question, but don’t let it deter you. This is a story of hope prevailing. Written with frank descriptions of what a family goes through, day by day and sometimes minute by minute as they face the difficult milestones along the road of healing. You won’t want to put it down.
Alexander
Alexander
A newfound appreciation and understanding of all it takes for a family to fight pediatric cancer
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T. Tomoff provides the audience a unique perspective of how a determined mother, with the help of her entire army of friends, family, community members, and medical professionals, can find the strength, courage, wisdom, and determination to fight pediatric cancer. The Focused Fight balances the gravity of the Tomoff family’s situation with a mixture of methodical and emotive details, invoking feelings of desperate urgency in the most unnerving times matched by a languorous calmness during the coveted down times, and, most notably, discovering renewed growth after each crippling trauma. The accounts of this memoir, while primarily experienced through Terri’s eyes and colloquial literary style, are given even further depth and originality thanks to the wide scope of auctorial voices presented by numerous members of her truehearted support group.
Linda M.
Linda M.
Highly recommended for families going thru cancer
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This book is amazing and I couldn’t put it down! Terri Tomoff really delivers a powerful and heart wrenching story that truly captures the day to day struggles her family faced. Although my husband and I are friends of the family, I did not know or appreciate all they went thru. How they made it thru all they did and survived to be the strong and loving family they are today is inspiring. The honesty behind the words written, plus the advice Terri offers, makes this book a must read for families going thru a similar situation. I highly recommend this book!
Michele Stanners
Michele Stanners
A necessary companion on the harrowing journey of a loved one’s recovery from cancer
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The Focused Fight is a story about resilience and hope. It’s an inspiration and a testimony to the power of community. It’s poignant and moving, yet written with a lightness of heart and humour. And it’s an invaluable compass and roadmap to guide one through the complex and challenging system that takes over life when a parent faces their worst nightmare. Terri brings to life her experience as the mother of a child who has survived not one, but five cancers. It’s a cliff hanger in so many ways as it weaves together how an entire community coalesced to make the impossible the imperative. This is a testament to her real life superpower as a master quilter. And her finesse in navigating the medical, insurance and health care regime is perhaps the outcome of her years of experience as an elite soccer referee, training her to advocate and arbitrate. Pick up The Focused Fight to accompany you on the harrowing journey of a loved one’s recovery from cancer; relish it for the lifelong lessons of courage, persistence resilience and hope.
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Book Details

  • Publisher : Terri Tomoff
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 326 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1736453319
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1736453315
  • Item Weight : 1.08 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.74 x 9 inches
  • Published: March, 25, 2021

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