Experts Tell Us the Best Books For Women To Read On Dealing With Cancer

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Books For Women To Read On Dealing With Cancer. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

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Thriving Through The Storm by Lindsey A. Walker

This product was recommended by Lindsey Walker from Walker + Associates Media Group

Imagine being an entrepreneur, creating your own opportunities and building the dream life that you’ve always wanted, only to be hit with a major blow: diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at the age of 27! That’s exactly what happened to me, I allowed my work to become bigger than my health and I found myself paying the ultimate price. After 6 months of chemotherapy, I decided to begin my own journey of healing and my new book “Thriving Through The Storm” is a result of that. In the book, I share the challenges of enduring six months of chemotherapy and discuss how my diagnosis changed my perspective on life, love, and entrepreneurship. I wrote the book specifically for women to find encouragement despite the dire circumstances that life can bring.

Soul-Soothing Stories of Cancer Survivors by Heidi Leist

This product was recommended by Jennifer Bright from Momosa Publishing LLC

This book will inspire and inform people with its comforting stories and cancer survival. The stories are grouped into six sections: the importance of early detection, finding your village, keeping the faith in God–and medicine, choosing a

Gypsy Energy Secrets by Milana Perepyolkina

This product was recommended by Milana Perepyolkina from GypsyEnergySecrets

One of the best books of any genre that I’ve read in a LONG time, This book has given me hope on how to deal with the stresses of life, Without the knowledge found in this book, I wouldn’t have been able to break free from the strong chains of depression and anxiety that had plagued me for years, I would highly recommend this book. I enjoyed every page and learned so much from it. Probably the best self help book I’ve ever read.

Adventures in Mother Nature’s Gym By Melanie Webb

This product was recommended by Melanie Webb from Sol Fitness Adventures

Adventures in Mother Nature’s Gym is the definitive guide to helping others reclaim the instinctive, wild, and essential aspect of the human experience through outdoor adventures. The course is a must for anyone with an interest in enhancing their own personal fitness and connection to the natural world.

Chemo Muscles by Renee A. Exelbert

This product was recommended by Deborah Brosseau from DeborahBrosseau

In addition to the filterless honesty and detail with which she shares her experiences and feelings, I appreciate Dr. Exelbert’s professional generosity in providing self-care techniques for patients and suggestions for loved ones and medical personnel supporting them.

Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide by Holly Bertone

This product was recommended by Holly Bertone from Pink Fortitude

Holly Bertone was diagnosed with breast cancer on her 39th birthday, and was engaged two days later. In 48 hours, those eight magic words, You have breast cancer, and Will you marry me? converged to change her life forever. Follow Holly’s year-long journey from diagnosis and engagement to being sick and bald on her wedding day. This is Holly’s story as she battles breast cancer and struggles with overcoming the subsequent self-esteem issues. The writing is raw – you will get an uncensored view of breast cancer treatment and what it’s really like. She uses humor and laughter to redefine beauty as she loses part of her breast, all of her hair, and is launched into early menopause. With pop culture references and her quirky sense of humor, Holly’s heartwarming story of love and strength is encouragement for all women going through cancer treatment. A percentage of sales will go to Holly’s favorite breast cancer charities.

Peace in the Face of Cancer By Lynn Eib

This product was recommended by Melanie Musson from LifeInsuranceTypes

Fighting cancer is a big deal, and most people with cancer fight their hardest. But through that fight, it’s important to come to a place of peace with whatever outcome happens. The author shares her personal experience and the experiences of many others in finding peace despite the circumstances. This book is calming and gives hope for all.

You Just Hear That Word Cancer and You Just Can’t Take It by Lisa Primrose

This product was recommended by Jenny Smith from Austin Macauley Publishers

Written as a diary, Lisa Primrose goes through the lows and highs of her experiences after being diagnosed with Cancer. She takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster: always positive but not afraid to give the reader a ‘warts and all’ description of events. Her interactions with the Health Service are invariably good but she only gets the best out of the system by having a positive attitude to her condition no matter how physically disabling the symptoms are.

I Quit by Kristina Schnack Kotlus

This product was recommended by Kristina Schnack Kotlus from KristinaKotlus

I Quit: Facing Cancer with Faith, Family and Friends by Kristina Schnack Kotlus is a rally cry for anyone facing a difficult situation to choose joy and faith and embrace humor to make the best of their experience. Written by a brain cancer survivor, I Quit provides strength and encouragement to individuals struggling with cancer from the perspective of someone who has experienced it firsthand. Kotlus is a two-time cancer survivor—she was first diagnosed with brain cancer at age 28 and relapsed four years later when it had metastasized to her spine. When she found herself diagnosed with cancer for the second time, she chose to quit on day one. But rather than giving up on life, her quitting meant getting a whole new lease on life. I Quit offers readers a chance to do the same. In her book, Kotlus shares her story of going through two cancer diagnoses with the help of her family, friends, and faith in a relatable, funny way. Readers will appreciate her tips on everything from how to handle an initial diagnosis to why you should have doctors break the hard news to your children. She gives guidance on how to enlist the help of friends, even if you hate asking for help, how to deal with insurance providers, and ways to empower your children against insensitive remarks or prying adults. Kotlus gives her readers the confidence to question a diagnosis that seems dismissive or wrong, and helps you understand that you matter to many more people than you realize. Above all, she inspires readers to look for glimmers of joy even in the midst of cancer. Kotlus shares openly and honestly, with just a touch of sarcasm and a heavy dose of humor and faith, encouraging readers to decide that it’s time to stand up, wash the tears off their face, and keep going.

But I Just Grew Out My Bangs! by Katya Ursula Lezin

This product was recommended by Ashley Hopes from R. Couri Hay Creative PR

Katya’s story is ultimately uplifting yet realistic account of her many trials and triumphs from her ovarian cancer journey. She describes her experience with diagnosis, treatment genetic testing results (BRCA mutation status) and everything that followed during and after her treatment. It is a powerful tribute to the power of love, friendship, humor and indefatigable human spirit.

The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook by Jean LaMantia RD

This product was recommended by Jean LaMantia from JeanLaMantia

This book is written by a Jean LaMantia, a registered dietitian, who is herself a cancer survivor along with her medical oncologist. LaMantia provides an A to Z compendium of the side-effects of cancer treatment and how nutrition can help. This book is the ideal companion to get you through cancer treatment. In addition, she has strategies to deal with cancer risk reduction and the book includes 150 recipes, each of which indicates which side-effect it is best able to address.

TOUGH by Marquina Iliev-Piselli

This product was recommended by Shawn Lockery from NemaMetrix Inc

This book provides great support for those going through cancer and their families. Women who survived cancer by Marquina is the ultimate recovery companion for women facing any cancer and also for the newly-diagnosed women. The author is also a cancer survivor and wrote a book in which she interviewed “tough women” with different kinds of cancer. In this book, the author is changing the narrative from focusing on one’s struggle into open spaces for others to tell their stories. Cancer is isolating and pushing us only to look inwardly. It is a win when a person surviving cancer looks in society and finds a community with those who also are suffering.

Every Day We Are Killing Cancer by Heather Jose

This product was recommended by Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing

It’s cancer. The words devastated Heather Jose. As doctors warned about tough odds, Heather faced the challenge head on. She pulled together friends as caregivers, her own inner resources and the best in medical care. She also wrote letters to her daughter Sydney so the little girl would remember Mom, just in case. A hand-lettered sign, We are killing cancer every day, traveled with the family on a long journey that ended in success. This is the story that is inspiring cancer thrivers nationwide.

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