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Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm by Gogs Gagnon (Book Review)

In this hopeful and humorous cancer memoir, the author shares his personal experience as a way to help others on their journey.

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Title: Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm

Author: Gogs Gagnon

Genre: Nonfiction/ cancer memoir

Synopsis from the back cover: AT AGE 57, GOGS GAGNON became one of the millions of men diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes. After his surgery and recovery, he decided to share his story to inspire others to advocate for their health and learn from his experiences. Prostate cancer hits at the very core of manhood, and Gogs, in this deeply personal account, reveals intimate details that every person impacted by the disease — man or woman — needs to know. A guide to those facing prostate cancer themselves, or are curious about the disease.

Get your copy on Amazon! It is available in paperback and on Kindle, as well as on Kindle Unlimited. 


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My Review:

Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm by Gogs Gagnon is a thoughtful and humorous memoir with the goal of helping others with cancer. It might sound strange to say that a book about cancer has moments of humor, but Gogs Gagnon uses his own unique blend of eccentric surrealism to lighten the mood as he shares his story. The book has a lot of heart, as well as a great deal of cynical humor. If you’re a bit of a sci-fi nerd like I am, you will definitely appreciate Gagnon’s clever perspective.


Although I’ve never had cancer, I have had many friends and church family members who have battled the disease. Reading this book was very helpful to me as a pastor, because Gogs does not flinch away from sharing his true feelings throughout his cancer journey. His words have helped me to gain a better perspective and deeper empathy for the challenges that people with cancer face on a daily basis.

This book would be particularly helpful for anyone who is facing a prostate cancer diagnosis of their own. Gagnnon shares helpful information he learned on own journey, as well as important lessons he wished he had known sooner. Gagnon manages to blend raw honesty with a sense of humor and a strong amount of hope. If you serve in a context where you are ministering to people who have cancer, or if you or a loved one is coping with cancer, I recommend this book.


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3 thoughts on “Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm by Gogs Gagnon (Book Review)”

  1. Thank you so much, Rev. Rebecca. It’s an honour to know you read my prostate cancer memoir, and your review is truly heartwarming.🙏🥰💖

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