Experts Tell Us the Best Cancer Survivor Books

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Cancer Survivor Books. 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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After Breast Cancer by Hester Hill Schnipper LICSW

This product was recommended by Gerardo Juarez from Sheep Buy Inc

I think this book gives cancer survivors calmness and tranquility after their journey of treatment. After Breast Cancer like a person whisperer in your ears that things you are going through right now are totally normal, nothing to worry about! What makes this book unique and a must-read is that the author herself is an experienced oncology social worker and also she is one of the women who survived breast cancer. So, the readers will find both personal and medical perspective.

Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto

This product was recommended by Jeremy Ong from HUSTLR

It’s a graphic novel based on a true story about a girl obsessed with lipsticks, shoes, and fashion discovered that she has breast cancer. It shows to the readers the women’s journey during diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. One of the most lovable things in this story besides her strength; the sense of humor she has. Also, the artwork in this story is incredible.

Struck By Hope by Jeanine Patten-Coble

This product was recommended by Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing

The day after a diagnosis of breast cancer, Jeanine Patten-Coble was struck with a calling that turned her world upside down. In this book, she weaves her tale of running away from that calling–to finding her purpose. Her vision led her to found Little Pink Houses of Hope and a way for cancer patients to find hope in weeklong family retreats. In this book, she invites us along on this journey toward becoming ridiculously present. She includes questions for personal reflection and group discussion.

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.

GodSigns by Suzy Farbman

This product was recommended by Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing

Suzy Farbman was a successful author who Oprah introduced to the world as an expert on the tough challenge of saving a marriage. But, behind the scenes, Suzy’s world was falling apart after an ominous diagnosis from her doctors. For years, Suzy had traveled widely as a writer for magazines including Better Homes and Gardens. Back from Betrayal, the popular memoir by Suzy that Oprah recommended, told how Suzy and her husband repaired deep problems in their own marriage. Suddenly, readers nationwide were seeking Suzy’s advice about relationships. Yet, at the height of this success, Suzy privately knew that her body was failing from stage four cancer. Facing the same tough journey that looms for millions of Americans each year, this tough journalist suddenly found herself scared. This athlete suddenly found herself weak. This big-hearted wife, mother and grandmother worried that she didn’t have much time left to enjoy the relationships that defined her life. Fear. Weakness. Facing death. These are life’s deepest spiritual challenges, Suzy discovered. Searching for solutions, Suzy also found that America’s wealth of medical expertise is equaled by our wealth of spiritual resources. Like millions of Americans, Suzy searched for the best doctors-but she also called on her colorful circle of friends and tried everything from psychotherapy to contemplating angels, from ancient prayers to a hope in miracles. Her warm, suspenseful and often funny journey of mixed disciplines is far from a dead end! Suzy realized that God reaches out to us through all of these resources-from doctors to spiritual teachers. As a veteran writer, Suzy quickly picked up her pen and now invites readers into her journey of survival and spiritual awakening. Best of all, none of the awakenings that Suzy describes in this moving story turned out to be miracles. Instead, she argues that anyone can look for the same kinds of GodSigns that broke through into her world on a daily basis. Anyone can find h ope with Suzy as their guide through one of life’s biggest challenges. If you enjoyed her earlier book about marriage-Back from Betrayal: Saving a Marriage, a Family, a Life-then, you’re sure to love GodSigns. If you’re meeting Suzy for the first time, you won’t find a better storyteller to take your hand through America’s diverse wealth of medical and spiritual treasures. Other books about recovery and spiritual transformation lead readers to more blind alleys than bright doorways. Suzy specializes in finding the light in the most unlikely of places. Other books about survival are grim. But, as you turn the pages of GodSigns, you’ll find yourself smiling, occasionally even laughing. You’ll meet surprising people in these pages. Think of the startling truth and eye-opening adventure of Eat, Pray, Love. With Suzy Farbman’s book, you’re in the hands of another great American writer.

A Cute Leukemia by Rodney Curtis

This product was recommended by Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing

The shocking L-words struck like hammers: Laid off, then, Leukemia. Like millions of Americans, Rodney Curtis feared for his life and his family. But what that deadly acute leukemia didn’t know was: It was dealing with the Spiritual Wanderer, the popular columnist who is famous for finding humor and wisdom in daily life. Rodney started by renaming his foe: A Cute Leukemia. He explains, Nothing makes cancer madder than belittling it and pinching its darling baby cheeks. If you’d like to try chuckling in the face of your fears, join Rodney on his quest to recover both humor and health. Rodney doesn’t take this life-and-death challenge lightly. I won’t kid you that this was all fun and games, he writes. He’s not poking fun at anyone trying to survive either unemployment or a diagnosis of cancer. He knows the stark fears of such a double-whammy, but he is bravely charting a fresh course through these challenges. He proves that the first task in any recovery is recovering one’s good spirits. In these 86 short chapters, Rodney provides either a quick read guaranteed to lift your spirits, or a daily companion for three months of your own journey. You’re likely to borrow some of the ideas from these stories. Like taking what might be another somber birthday and turning it into a re-birth day? Like eating your favorite dinner in a warm bath to soothe the ills of therapy. Or inviting friends over to enjoy a movie night on your house; yes, literally projecting a movie on the outside of your house on a warm summer night so friends can gather in lawn chairs under the stars. You won’t forget A Cute Leukemia, because you keep drawing from it for years. This is a perfect book to share with anyone facing a threat to life, home and family. It’s great to share with caregivers and family members. It’s sure to spark spirited discussion in your small group.

Battleground Cancer by Jeff Cade

This product was recommended by Jeff Cade from 360 Investments LLC

Battleground Cancer is more than your typical book on cancer; it provides uplift, enlightenment & inspiration. It equips you with helpful tips to improve your mental & physical well-being in navigating life’s twists & turns….the DAILY Battleground. This book provides educational content, bringing awareness to eating your food as medicine(Vitamins & nutrients) versus taking medications as food!

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