He said the dreaded words, “I give you two years to live,” and my heart froze in time.
“Thank you for this most amazing, inspiring book; it is a very treasured read. It made me do a lot of thinking and helped me come to terms with things in my life.” ~ Bernadette Longu, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews (5 STARS)
“This memoir is a precious life lesson for me as it made me realize that a mother’s strength is unimaginable and that my legacy shouldn’t be about the trouble I caused but about the good I could do.” ~ Emma Megan, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews (5 STARS)
“Two More Years is just a beautiful and emotional memoir.” ~ Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews (5 STARS)
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I have four young kids. To not see them grow up, start their careers, get married… those thoughts seemed unfathomable. “I’m only in my 30s. You can fix this. Can’t you?” I’d made so many plans.
“No. I’m sorry, Elisa. We can’t.”
My breath evaded me, like I already needed the ventilator—the damn life support. I wouldn’t die in a car crash or some freak accident. Nope. I knew what would kill me; I just didn’t know when it would happen.
The night I met Mike, an infamous bachelor, I couldn’t imagine that years later I’d be battling for my life as he helped raise my four children. Yet, there we were. It was slow at first, but my view on life reverted to something it had been years before. It wasn’t until I started modeling in hospital gowns, fiddling for terminal patients, and taking my kids on outlandish adventures that I discovered how to truly live again. But, despite handling so much with grace and trying to build a legacy for my family, could that reconcile the most devastating of diagnoses?
“Stilson could easily have written another one hundred pages in her memoir, and her readers would have savored every last word. Stilson’s book is thought-provoking, touching, heartfelt and inspiring.” ~ Katie Specht, Feathered Quill Book Reviews
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“In Two More Years, Stilson shares touching stories depicting herself at her lowest levels of misery and anguish. She truly invites the reader in and bares her soul with each and every memory that she shares. By the end of the book, the readers will feel like they know Stilson personally without ever having actually met her.
While Stilson’s experience in itself is not the only one of its kind, it is her relatability that appeals to people and draws them in. She possesses something that every human being can relate to, and that is the fragility of the human condition. She understands all too well how delicate human existence can be, and how each day is a gift to be treasured.
The level of positivity that Stilson maintains throughout this arduous and often uphill battle is simply amazing. Oftentimes, in everyday life, even when nothing is really wrong, negativity still finds its way in and easily takes over people’s mindsets. In this day and age, it is very easy to take things for granted. With her unwavering positivity, Stilson will undoubtedly teach every reader of her book the valuable lesson of finding joy and gratitude in even the smallest, most mundane moments. She is truly an inspiring human being.
Stilson’s writing flows well, is clearly understood, and is easily relatable. The only complaint to be found with this book is that when the last page was read, I was left wanting more. I wanted more inspiring stories and more adventures from Stilson. Stilson could easily have written another one hundred pages in her memoir, and her readers would have savored every last word.
Quill says: Stilson’s memoir Two More Years is one woman’s emotional tale of overcoming intense adversity as she chronicles her battle with melanoma. Stilson’s book is thought-provoking, touching, heartfelt and inspiring.”
“Two More Years is just a beautiful and emotional memoir. Author Elisa Stilson lets her words guide the reader through her story. From her diagnosis to the hopeful ending, she lays her heart bare for the world to read and take courage from. I loved how even when she received her diagnosis, Elisa wasn’t screaming and angry at the world (although she was rightfully shocked). My heart broke when I read that radiation scene, and I hope she and no one ever has to go through it. She decided to battle on and that she would not be a victim. Her determination, courage, and her hope were all very inspirational. Although a seasoned author, Elisa didn’t use any big words or tried to sound intellectual. She laid down the facts in the simplest of words so that more and more people can understand what she says and take courage. I hope we all find a Mike to be by our side.”
“Two More Years by E.C. Stilson is a very powerful, thought provoking book that shows how much we place on ourselves, trying to be perfect and trying to be what society wants us to be instead of just being who God wants us to be. From the first page to the last, the reader will be compelled to keep on reading but then will need time to absorb what they have just read. But they will keep coming back to it.
Two More Years offers courage and hope not only to those who are fighting serious diseases but also to those people who suffer from depression and self-doubt. The author takes the reader on a journey that is filled with tears, laughter, and anger, with people who refuse to accept that life is not always doom and gloom and sad faces. There is such a wonderful way to view the world with joy, love, hope, and freedom to be the best you can be without always having to be something you are not.
E.C. Stilson has given many people in this world the hope and courage to find ways to cope with whatever fate and life throw at them by not giving up or giving in, and always trying to find good in whatever happens, no matter what it is. Life does not always make it easy to find fun and joy, but with a hand in God’s hand and trust and faith in Him, the author shows us that we can. Thank you for this most amazing, inspiring book; it is a very treasured read. It made me do a lot of thinking and helped me come to terms with things in my life.”
“Two More Years by EC Stilson is a heart-rending memoir about a strong woman facing a life-changing diagnosis while trying to break the cycle of feeling broken. Several doctors told Elisa Stilson that nothing was wrong with her. But after a few months, an oncologist told her that she would die within two years. At only thirty-seven, she was diagnosed with stage four melanoma. In this memoir, Elisa describes what it’s like to go through radiation, how serious melanoma is, and the internal and physical struggles she had to face. She also tells the reason why she doesn’t believe that Jesus is the son of God and how hard it was for her to deal with other people’s judgment and audacity to take advantage of her condition. But despite those ugly experiences, Elisa was able to discover how to truly live again.
Even though cancer robbed her of many things, including her hair, strength, dignity, and many opportunities to do the things that would make her happy, EC Stilson’s determination to live to see her four kids grow up and to make the most of whatever time she had left is one of the most valuable life lessons one can receive. I’m so grateful for reading this uplifting and poignant memoir. Two More Years by EC Stilson made me aware of the importance of positivity and what price one is truly willing to pay to keep on living. This memoir is a precious life lesson for me as it made me realize that a mother’s strength is unimaginable and that my legacy shouldn’t be about the trouble I caused but about the good I could do.”