Shortlisted for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction
Shortlisted for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year
In 1994, Wayne Tefs was diagnosed with a relatively unknown form of cancer called carcinoid syndrome. Rollercoaster is an account of his journey from the onset of the disease, to eventually learning to live with it. Both practical and spiritual, the book is a must-read not only for those suffering from cancer, but for their loved ones, caregivers and even for those few whose lives have gone untouched by cancer.
"A useful and often compelling little guidebook for the human encounter with disease."
- Winnipeg Free Press
"Candid and moving...Tefs has produced something more than a memoir or a self-help book; it's a rollercoaster ride that clears the head and warms the heart."
- Prairie Fire Review of Books
"A moving narrative...Tefs's blend of experience and reflection, recounted honestly, holds my attention and evokes admiration."
- The Globe and Mail
"The magnetism of Wayne Tefs's written odyssey with his own carcinoid cancer was so intense for me that I was compelled to read his book from cover to cover before putting it down. Everything rings true. He eloquently yet succinctly and simply expresses all the facts and feelings I have heard so often from carcinoid patients. The often unspoken or even uncrystallized thoughts and feelings of carcinoid patients are expressed clearly by Tefs. This book will be of tremendous interest and comfort to all concerned with carcinoid and other types of cancers."
- Monica Warner, MS, RD, DCN, Director of Development and Research Coordinator Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc. NYC
Wayne Tefs was born in Winnipeg and grew up in northwestern Ontario. He edited a number of anthologies and published nine novels and a work of non-fiction. His novel Moon Lake received the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction in 2000 and his novel Be Wolf won the 2007 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. Wayne Tefs died in 2014.