Here are some of my recommended books and reading. I hope you enjoy them and find them helpful too:
Pink magazine is packed full of inspirational and motivational stories of men and women fighting breast cancer, along with information and updates on the drug debates, clinical trials, and events being held to raise funding for the trusts and organizations working to support women and men with this cancer. You can subscribe to Pink Magazine online and sometimes pick up a free copy at the Cancer Society.
Cancer Society newsletters
The Cancer Society has a range of publications including CanTalk. These are great as they outline the latest books in their library, Cancer Society programmes including physical therapies, lectures and support groups. And there are a range of articles on different aspects of cancer and treatments. These are super valuable. These newsletters are free, just get on the mailing list.
And 10 great books:
Here are some of my favourite, most useful and inspiring cancer related books:
1. Dr Susan Love’s Breast Book by Susan M Love
I really look to Dr Susan Love for answers as she is one of the world’s top breast cancer researchers. This book answers all the questions. If you are going to read one breast cancer book, this is the one.
2. Natural Remedies That Really Work by Shaun Holt
Shaun Holt is a NZ based medical researcher who has gone through the medical studies for us. He outlines which natural or complementary therapies actually work and which don’t. I recommend both of these books.
3. Complementary Therapies for Cancer by Shaun Holt
4. Love, Medicine and Miracles by Bernie S Siegel
Bernie Siegel is an excellent author. As a Doctor himself, he offers insights and understanding of what it takes to be a cancer survivor.
5. Life, Happiness & Cancer by Phil Kerslake
This book is for those with a cancer diagnosis and for family and friends wanting to help their loved on fight it successfully. It is also a practical tool for cancer support professionals. The book shows how to: prepare mentally for a cancer battle; create an action plan to recover; live an even better life after cancer than before. Cancer survivor Phil Kerslake relates his experiences and insights with warmth, humour and pragmatism. He shows how action and attitude can win against cancer.
6. You Can Conquer Cancer by Ian Gawler
This book explores many of the lifestyle factors you might wish to explore on your cancer journey – such as eating better, meditation and doing a retreat at the Gawler Foundation in Australia.
7. Super Healing: The Clinically Proven Plan to Maximize Recovery from Illness or Injury by Julie K Silver
This is an excellent resource in rehabilitation and recovery post-cancer treatment. It focuses on optimising your recovery and healing potential.
8. Cover Your Breasts by Alison Renfrew
Alison is a breast cancer survivor and a financial financial advisor. Here she shares her story and thoughts of the cancer journey, alongside prudent financial advice.
9. Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr
CRAZY SEXY CANCER TIPS gathers the lessons learned and advice offered from Carr’s own journey, as well as the experiences of her cancer posse. Full-color photos accompany personal stories and candid revelations in this scrapbook of advice, warnings, and resources for the cancer patient. Chapters cover your changing social life, dating, sex, and appearance; essential health tips on how to boost your immune system; recipes; medical and holistic resources; and information on young survivor support groups. The resulting book is a warm, yet informative tool for any woman newly diagnosed with the disease and for those who love them.
10. Dying to be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death to True Healing by Anita Moorjani
Anita is a very inspiring cancer survivor who went from terminally ill back to complete health with lots of insights to share with all of us. There area also a number of interviews with her on youtube. In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body-overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system-began shutting down. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth…and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was able to be released from the hospital within weeks…without a trace of cancer in her body!