Tag: books coping with cancer

Inspiration and Hope for Those With Cancer

As someone who had Stage 3 cancer in 1990, I have read, heard, and experienced many amazing outcomes of a cancer diagnosis.  We in North America, as a nation and culture, are programmed to believe that medical science is THE only way to heal.  If you look at history, this is a relatively new belief.  In older cultures, there were many ways of healing which interestingly enough are now being acknowledged and verified.  Medical science and these wise ancient healing methods can work hand in hand to your good health.

Here is a video clip of an very insightful interview with Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of ‘The Biology of Belief’ by Dr. Wayne Dyer.  It will give you food for thought and maybe challenge your belief systems.

You will find that there are many books resources for cancer patients which address these views.  I would highly recommend ‘The Biology of Belief’ by Dr. Bruce Lipton as a starting point.

Let me know what you think! What has been your experience?

Tips for Coping with Cancer

No matter how the disease has affected you personally, coping with cancer is always difficult. It’s common to feel fear, anxiety and a host of other emotions, but it’s important to take proactive steps to address these feelings. Here are a few of the things you can do to help cope with cancer:

  • Talk to Your Doctor: A cancer diagnosis is inevitably accompanied by a litany of questions, so talk to your doctor to get the answers your need.
  • Research: Look online or purchase books to learn more about the specific type of cancer, including available treatments and how it spreads.
  • Create a Network: Friends and family are a great place to turn when you need extra support or inspiration.

Chemotherapy and Appetite

It is true, chemotherapy treatment definitely affects your appetite and palette.  Foods just taste different, sometimes a bit metallic.  Yet keeping your weight and energy up is paramount.  This means you have to eat.  The question is what.

There are several books for cancer patients dealing with these issues.  I would recommend the following:

  1. Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber
  2. Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer through Diet by Richard Béliveau, Denis Gingras
  3. The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health
    by Dean Ornish M.D.

Interesting side note, my cancer buddy and I always found that on the 4th – 5th day after chemo, we needed something greasy.  It seems it was to absorb the chemicals from the chemo.  I opted for a fried egg sandwich.  She had fish and chips.  Foods we normally didn’t eat, but in the moment were perfect.  Homemade soups and smoothies are also a good option. 

It’s a time to suspend diets per se and eat.  Try to stay away from junk food and highly sugared items.  When you are over this part of your treatment is the time to get back to a nutritious lifestyle and the above books are extremely insightful.

Knowledge is Power

It seems that everyone knows at least one person who has had to contend with life-threatening cancer. Whether it’s an elderly grandparent, a young child or a close friend, the news always comes as an unpleasant shock. While it’s tempting and somewhat understandable to dwell on these tragedies, there is always an upside. For instance, cancer researchers have made tremendous headway in recent years.

Just a few decades ago, most cancer diagnoses could be equated to death sentences. These days, the condition is often treatable. One of the best ways to dispel cancer fears is by learning more about the disease; one of the best ways to do this is by reading books for cancer patients. These valuable resources contain an immense amount of information concerning the various cancers, viable treatment options and suggestions for coping.

Healing Through Music and Story

Many of us, in the course of living, suffer hardship and pain.  This hardship and pain is often buried in order to survive and move forward.  Yet the memory remains with us at a cellular and subconscious level often affecting our behaviour and instinctive reactions to situations.  Sometimes, these reactions are not pleasant and we wonder why they happen.  We can observe in others, as well, odd reactions to seemingly simple exchanges.

The cancer journey often brings up these issues during the healing process.  Being guided by stories and music, the combination has the potential to unlock these hidden emotions bringing them to the surface where they can be acknowledged and gently moved along. 

There are many books coping with cancer available to help you through this process if you do not have access to a trained facilitator or therapist.  These books and resources are also helpful to expand awareness and gain insight into the healing journey of others.

A Cancer Diagnosis! Now What?

The word ‘cancer’ strikes fear in anyone who has heard it, especially if it is directed at you.  Lots of people don’t hear much else their doctor says after hearing cancer.  This is why it is always helpful to have someone close to you attend the appointment with you.  They will  hear the important information after your  mind has shut down.

So, the question is – ‘Now What?’.  Life stops or rather goes into pause while you gather your resources and figure out a treatment plan.  During this time, I particularly found it helpful to get information by reading books for cancer patients.  One author at my time of diagnosis was Dr. Bernie Siegel.  There have been many since, but Dr. Siegel still offers hope in the face of fear.

If you are not a reader, there are many audio books and DVD’s available.  You can listen in the car, while waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or on a walk.

When You Can’t Find the Words…

The emotional toll that cancer takes is often just as burdensome as the physical one. During a loved one’s cancer journey, it’s often difficult to find the right things to say and empathize with how the person is feeling. Even if you’ve had cancer yourself, each person’s experience is different, and finding thoughtful and meaningful means of expression is challenging.

If you can’t find the words to express your feelings, consider inspirational gifts for cancer patients you know. The gesture of giving a gift will say more than any words ever could. And many of these inspirational gifts contain quotes and poems to offer solace during their journey.