" 'Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality' by Michael Gaudet is a biographical account of the challenges of living with kidney disease and dialysis and then the return to health and a career as a successful mural artist thanks to the gift of a kidney transplant that the author received from his brother. The well-documented (and at times necessarily graphic and realistic) historical elements in the book were of particular interest to me as I have an interest in medical history -- it's still staggering to think that it wasn't that long ago (1960s) that there was no treatment for kidney failure. Michael's book puts into perspective how the 1960s were at the cusp of the development of dialysis and kidney transplantation.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book's down-to-earth storytelling style that led me with curiosity from one life event to the next and found that I couldn't put the book down. I look forward to the next book in the trilogy! This book also serves as a reminder to all of us all why we should seriously consider signing our organ donor cards or (more importantly) having a discussion with our family and friends about our wishes for organ donation."
-- Dr. Mike Moser, Kidney Transplant Surgeon
I was really happy to read this sparkling, glowing review from my friend Dylan Loewe, (White House writer) after he read "Dancing with Rejection" aboard "Air Force 1" over the Atlantic Ocean...Dylan is one of the USA's top, elite writers, so reading this from him is extremely gratifying! My hope is that more of the over 200 people that have purchased and read the book in the first month will be moved to write a review and post it at Amazon.com... http://goo.gl/kBlnlJ
"I just wanted to send a quick note to say that I finished your book and that I absolutely loved it. It was thoughtful and inspiring, and all around an excellent read. I've just recommended it to my friends. Wonderful work - you deserve to be very proud of it. I hope it gets the attention it deserves."
-- Dylan Loewe, White House Writer, Washington, D.C.
Best-Selling author Eldonna Edwardspenned a powerful impression of the book :
"Intriguing story of an enterprising muralist with an appetite for the mystical.
Part magical realism, part biography, part how-to guide for the aspiring artist -- Dancing With Rejection offers a unique narrative, embellished with spiritual and metaphysical undertones that border on the ethereal. Michael's saga takes the reader on adventures that include his formative childhood, bohemian lifestyle, a near-death experience with kidney failure and eventual success as a renowned mural artist. This inspirational tale is tenderly painted with brush strokes of resilience and hope that will alter your heart's canvas long after you put the book down."
--Eldonna Edwards, Living Donor Advocate and Author of
"Lost In Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor".
Dr. Mike Moser, (shown here to the left...dipping into his copy of "Dancing with Rejection") Kidney Transplant Surgeon at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is one of Canada's most outspoken Kidney Health advocates. I am proud to call him a personal friend and a powerful ally in the quest for a "Living Kidney Donor".
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Teri Miller of "AngelSpeakers" fame wrote:
"I finished Michael's book 'Dancing With Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality'. What an awesome job you did Michael. The book is rich with adventure, intrigue and stories that kept my attention! There was so much I could relate to in the book including kidney problems and transplantation as well as the spiritual connection. I look forward to the next 2 books in this trilogy! Much love and light!"
by Michael R. Gaudet