- 144 pages
- Standard Color
- 6.0 x 9.0 inches
- 978-1-5255-0886-8 Hardcover
- 978-1-5255-0887-5 Paperback
- 978-1-5255-0888-2 eBook
- Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs
- Biography & Autobiography, Medical
- Biography & Autobiography
Colon cancer, Positivity, Gratitude, Friends, Travel, Hot yoga, Scuba diving
You Can't See My Scars
A Story of Thriving During the Impossible and Living Life to the Fullest
At thirty-seven years old, Darren Cosentino is fit and healthy, with a busy social life and a successful career. Returning from a holiday in Mexico with his wife, Sara, he develops stomach pains and heads to the hospital with what seems to be a case of severe constipation. He is diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and given six months to live.
In this true story, Darren’s diagnosis changes his life, but he doesn’t let it stop him from living. He becomes an empowered and involved patient, working closely with his doctors in carrying out his treatment plans, and continues an active lifestyle that includes daily hot yoga, scuba diving, hunting, socializing, travel, and getting the most out of every day. Always adventurous, cancer makes him even more ambitious.
Darren shows that even with a terminal diagnosis, there are ways to thrive and live an incredible life. He makes a special point of recounting the support he’s received, personally thanking friends, family, and health care professionals—every person who made his and Sara’s journey better. His story will inspire and motivate patients faced with challenging treatment regimens, as well as help friends and family members of people undergoing difficult medical treatment better understand how to support their loved ones.
Darren’s perseverance and optimism make You Can’t See My Scars about much more than cancer; this is a story about how to approach life and death, and a meditation on the power of positivity, gratitude, community, a deeply loving spousal partnership.
Net proceeds received from the sale of this book will be donated to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Darren Cosentino Memorial Fund.
“Despite his competitive nature, The Cos was the truest of yogis. He lived the truth, he cherished the present moment and lived life to the fullest. It’s funny, even though I was the yoga teacher, I somehow felt like it was Darren who was the one teaching me and those around him the more important lessons.”
• Shauna Jessiman
“Brushing off dire predictions of professionals and flatly refusing to go down without a fight, Darren would teach me and many others what courage looks like. Just pure grit and determination and the same gigantic smile and great humour we had all grown accustomed to. Time and time again, he left me in pure awe.
- Peter Jessiman
“My kids routinely compared Uncle Darren to Chuck Norris. Absolutely anything Chuck could do, they were convinced Uncle Darren could do better. Frankly, they had me convinced, too.”
• Sandy Burt
“One of Darren’s strongest attributes was his love and concern for others. He cared so much about those in his life and he didn’t want his cancer to affect those close to him. He was always quick to tell us about the positives. His only concern was relieving us of our concern.”
- Norm Sneyd
In January of 2011, Darren Cosentino was given a shocking diagnosis of Stage 4 colon cancer. He began a whirlwind of medical treatments—including extensive chemotherapy, multiple major surgeries, and two sudden cardiac deaths.
Despite these extreme challenges, Darren’s life was filled with excitement and adventure. In the five-and-a-half years between Darren’s diagnosis and death, he took cooking lessons in Dublin, sipped fine wines in Rome, went deer hunting in the dead of the Canadian winter, and embarked on several scuba diving excursions in Mexico.
Darren led a happy life, married to his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Sara, and surrounded by friends and family. He and Sara lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and took every opportunity to spend time at their cottage, near Kenora, Ontario. They enjoyed fishing, hunting, swimming, paddleboarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and hosting countless guests.
Darren passed away in May of 2016. This story is told with the hope of encouraging others who are in similar predicaments see the beauty and humour in life despite dark situations.
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