When Diana Ballinger was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had no idea what lay ahead. The surgery, crippling side-effects of chemo and radiation, and the emotions that threatened to boil over pushed her to write for her life. This mother and wife feared she couldn't fight cancer and fulfill her family and work responsibilities. She dealt with the disfigurement, loss of employment and the travails of insurance by writing poetry. Ballinger knew she was more than her breast cancer. She wanted her daughter to have a normal life while she underwent treatment and she was determined to make that happen. What she didn't expect, is how much her daughter would help her. "Fighting My Way Through Breast Cancer With Poetry" takes the reader step by step through her journey. It is her first book. Ballinger lives in California with her husband, Dick and her 16 yr. old daughter, Ashley, and celebrated her 1 yr. anniversary as a survivor in Feb. 2009.
Hearing "you have breast cancer" is terrifying, the start of an emotional roller coaster. For the 1 in 7 who are diagnosed, Ballinger's book will help navigate the journey from diagnosis to survivor.
New Zealand author Phil Kerslake relates his experiences and insights with warmth, humour and pragmatism. Enlisting the contributions of some of the world’s leading cancer researchers and practitioners, this world-recognised six-time cancer survivor shows how to use action and attitude to support cancer recovery.
This book shows how:
• To cope with a cancer battle as you never thought you could
• What being a fighter really means
• What being an "active patient" involves in practice
• To turn faith and hope into verbs and wishes into actions
• To convene a life path audit that will feed your will to live
• To create a life with more balance, meaning and fulfilment
Cover-endorsed by world-renowned US author Susan Jeffers PhD, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Embracing Uncertainty: “Whether cancer is presently part of your life or not, this is probably one of the most important books you will ever read. It is inspiring, informative, courageous, and life-affirming. It is a recipe for a beautiful life and it moved me deeply … as it will you.”
The most popular cancer support book in New Zealand since 2006 with over 11,000 purchases as at May 2009, this book has now been released in Australia and is contracted for publication and distribution throughout the Continent of Africa, in Turkey and in Poland later in 2009.
"The five-time Tour de France winner and Number #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with an inspirational account of his recent personal and professional victories - and some failures - and an intimate glimpse into how almost dying taught him to really live."
"It is a book for sports fans and sports haters, for cycling enthusiasts and those who haven't ridden a bike since childhood, for cancer patients and the healthiest of the healthy, for anyone who has ever overcome odds... It's not about the bike, or about the sport. It's about the soul." - Cincinnati Enquirer
It is a book I have written for caregivers who are left behind. It is about my wife who lost her life to pancreatic cancer 2 years ago. It covers the journal I kept from her diagosis until her death and then chronicles my life for the next year. It is nothing earth shattering, rather it is written to show others that we all have similar feelings and situtions that confront us. It will be available mid summer 2009 and you can learn more by going to www.thewhiskereddog.com.
Seven Spiritual Gifts Of Waiting -- Holly W. Whitcomb's Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting is truly a gift unto itself. Whether you're simply waiting for the bus, or waiting for the diagnosis of a loved one, this book offers hope and inspiration to those looking for meaning in the hardships of life.
Whitcomb explores patience, loss of control, living in the present, compassion, gratitude, humility, and trust in God as spiritual offerings that we so commonly overlook in our daily lives.
Her suggestions for reframing life's uncontrollable circumstances promise to be life-changing, and her book, full of personal anecdotes, poems, Biblical selections, and excerpts from inspirational writings, is delightful and captivating--something to be read again and again.
Holly W. Whitcomb has been a pastor and clergy-woman since 1978. She is the Director of Kettlewood Retreats in Wisconsin, and travels nationally to lead retreats and spiritual events. Whitcomb is the author of three previous books, including Feasting with God and Practicing Your Path.
This book is short and well written with a lot of good info. for any cancer patient but esspecially for a first time cancer patient. Here are a few of the things it covers:
10 life saving questions to ask your doctor
Enhancing your immune system
How to eliminate toxic stress from your life
There is a lot packed into this 145 page book.
The book offers hope and encouragement to those newly diagnosed with cancer and to their loved ones. The author became her husband's caregiver in 1998, just one year after she was herself cared for while battling Guillain Barre, a rare and serious disease.
Doctors offered little hope for her husband's survival from CNS lymphoma, but Ann vowed to be the best caregiver she could be. She offers here a loving, encouraging environment to help steer readers through difficult times. The book, she says, can be a support group for anyone looking for information.
Catherine Stone had always been fearless until she was diagnosed with a truly wicked disease, non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Suddenly, she was wandering through a high tech world of PET Scans, spleen biopsies, and stem cell transplants, refusing to show anyone how terrified she was. The strength to overcome fear and fight her illness came from writing. Healthcare system adventures co-mingle with memories from the past that she believed might contain roadmaps to victory. Through this process of remembering and recording, Catherine completely forgot she was supposed to be conquering fear. Instead, through the typing of thousands of words she and fear made a wary peace. Down to the Marrow is a celebration of the richness that life offers. For better or worse, with strength, humor, and remembrance, the author reminds us all how the many minutes of our lives are connected and, if we trust this connection, it will hold us together through the most horrendous of times.
This is a new book taken from an online Breast Cancer Support Group called First Person Plural. 800 women from 49 states and several other countries participated. The discussions were compiled into a book. The book is described on the cover with the following words: "Women talk openly about love and sex, hair loss and weight gan, Mothers and Daughters, and being a woman with Breast Cancer." I was one of the women who contributed and after reading the book, I have to say I am proud to be a part of this project.