Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. Today we have a stop on the #spotlight tour for Flying Against The Odds by Jean-Jaques Trochon and Heather Whitehall-Trochon. We also have an author interview.
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FLYING AGAINST THE ODDS: One Man’s Journey to New Ways of Healing by Jean-Jacques Trochon with Heather Whitehall-Trochon
Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 249 pages
“IT TAKES A DIFFERENT KIND OF THINKING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAN THE KIND OF THINKING THAT PRODUCED THE PROBLEM.” —Albert Einstein
JJ had a devastating problem. At age fifty-one, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer and given three years to live. Rather than accept that outcome, JJ did what he always does: he set out to find a solution.
Desiring to look beyond traditional treatments and their often harmful side effects, he put his unconventionally wired mind to work. JJ was relentless as he investigated alternative therapies and pursued global trailblazers in cancer research.
Moving from the role of patient to patient-researcher, he became a trailblazer in his own right, being sought after for his latest findings. Ultimately, JJ brought together the most innovative international minds at the Rethinking Cancer 2017 conference in Paris. Together, they found common ground, and they continue to create integrative, synergistic approaches to treatment.
Today, almost a decade after his diagnosis, JJ has defied the odds and is cancer-free. Recently retired from his career as a commercial airline captain on the Airbus A380, he now devotes himself to sharing his ongoing research with scientists and patients. JJ’s story illustrates how looking at things differently often enables us to see them in a whole new light.
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Meet the Authors:
Jean-Jacques Trochon (or JJ as he is more commonly known) spent thirty-two years as a commercial airline pilot for Air France. A French national, he enjoyed an early childhood in Tahiti before finishing his schooling in France and the USA. In 2003, JJ was diagnosed with aggressive kidney cancer and subsequently underwent the removal of his left kidney.
In 2012 and 2014, he underwent further surgeries following the discovery of multiple metastases in both lungs. Despite being given a slim chance of survival, JJ again returned to work in 2016. He captained the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, until his retirement in spring 2020.
Today, Jean-Jacques devotes his spare time to helping other cancer sufferers and spreading the word about his revolutionary approach to the disease. He was the initiator of Rethinking Cancer 2017, a groundbreaking conference held in Paris on September 21, 2017, at Institut Gustave Roussy, the leading cancer center in Europe.
Heather Whitehall-Trochon is a lover of languages and translator of French and German into English. A British national, she completed studies in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion before moving to Munich, Germany, where she worked in public relations for fashion and film.
After relocating to Vienna, Austria, she had a brief stint as an editor at the Associated Press, prior to becoming a freelance translator and seasoned backpacker. Heather met JJ in Paris in 2007, marrying him the following year. The couple, together with their cat, Zulu, have now settled in Biarritz, France.
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Interview with author of Flying Against The Odds Jean-Jacques Trochon
LR: Prior to your cancer diagnosis in 2003, had you ever experienced any health issues?
JJ: None at all, which is why the cancer diagnosis and subsequent removal of my left kidney came as such a shock. Aged just forty-one, I was in the prime of life. I have always loved sport. During my schooling in America, I competed in marathons and played soccer at a high level.
In Chapter 7, Together We Are an Ocean, I describe how I learned to surf in Tahiti. Riding the waves is something that I still love today. Cancer is the last thing I would have imagined happening to me.
Nevertheless, I’m sure the emotional impact of my divorce had a role to play. I guess that’s the sobering message to take from my experience. Cancer is the unseen enemy. It can happen to anyone and at any time. We cannot afford to take our mental and physical health for granted.
LR: What was the highlight of your aviation career?
JJ: There were so many highlights over the course of a career spanning almost forty years. However, I feel fortunate to have finished my career on the largest commercial aircraft that has even been built.
The Airbus 380 was a double-decker, with the capacity to fly more than 500 passengers. Having been diagnosed with stage four cancer, there were times I doubted that I would survive more than a few months, let alone regain my stripes.
Being given the opportunity to train for this ocean liner of the skies was a huge privilege. It has sadly been taken out of service. However, I’m glad to have been part of its history.
LR: In Toward the Light, chapter 3 of your memoir, you write about a near death experience (NDE). What impact has this had on you and how you now approach life?
JJ: At the time I found it to be a very calming experience. I’m not religious, but I would call myself spiritual. I do believe there is ‘something’ out there. My own NDE has further cemented this belief.
It also helped me when going through the traumatic loss of my father, which I describe in Chapter 15. Today, death doesn’t worry me, nor is it something I think about. It happens to us all eventually. Right now, I am too busy staying alive to be anxious it. My time hasn’t come yet; I still have a lot of work to do!
LR: In your book, you make several references to the game of rugby. What difference has this game made to your life?
JJ: Rugby is all about teamwork, friendship and trust. These three attributes have been crucial to my being able to survive cancer. Rugby also played a significant role in my journey from the very outset.
I was due to work as a voluntary liaison officer for the Under 19 World Cup tournament when I received my initial diagnosis back in 2003. In Chapter 2, My Blood is Green, I describe how the outpouring of love and support from the rugby fraternity lifted my spirits during a very dark period in my life.
This is something that I will never forget. In rugby there is room for everyone, the tall, the small, the fast, the slow, the fat and the thin… the game doesn’t discriminate and is a wonderful role model for how we can all work together to achieve a common goal.
LR: How do you think cancer has changed you?
JJ: Cancer has made me a better person, more humble and more compassionate. The disease has also given me a valuable platform with which to help people.
I would never have imagined being the driving force behind an international cancer conference (Rethinking Cancer 2017), nor putting my story in print. I have learned so much over the years and want to share my knowledge with anyone who wishes to know more about it.
To this end, I have created a website https://jeanjacquestrochon.com in which I offer resources and a personal consultation service for patients and their families.
I hope you enjoyed todays book spotlight of Flying Against The Odds and author interview with Jean-Jacques Trochon.
I would like to thank the author for taking the time for todays interview. Good luck with your wonderful book Flying Against The Odds.
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