Jean-Jacques ‘JJ’ Trochon, author of Flying Against The odds

By Marika Sboros

Flying Against The Odds is the story of one man’s remarkable journey that began 17 years ago. It took him from staring death straight in the eyes to surviving aggressive kidney cancer.

The author is recently retired Air France pilot Jean-Jacques “JJ” Trochon. Once you know that, it’s easy to understand the book’s title. Firstly, it’s as much literal as figurative testimony to the power of the human spirit. Secondly, it’s a metaphor for finding the strength to face fear. Thirdly, it’s about turning fear into the courage and commitment needed to survive a dread disease.

Lastly, it gives renewed hope to all those fighting cancer. Flying Against The Odds charts a heady mix of the power of modern (orthodox) medicine and ancient, evidence-based complementary methods. The subtitle also speaks volumes: One Man’s Journey to New Ways of Healing. That journey has involved negotiating the turbulence of disease relapse. And redirecting energy in body and mind towards health.