This is a guest blog post by Tracy Maxwell, the author of Being Single, With Cancer: The Solo Survivor’s Guide to Life, Love, Health & Happiness. She shares her recommendations on five books to read when you (or someone you love) is diagnosed with cancer.
1. Crazy, Sexy Cancer
Kris Carr has written several books and made a documentary that launched it all when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. When doctors told her there weren’t good treatment options, she gave herself the title of CEO of Save My Ass Industries and embarked on her own healing journey. You will find comfort, humor and connection in going along for the ride, and ultimately, inspiration for creating your own healing journey.
2. Mind Over Medicine
Lissa Rankin is an M.D. who just knew there was a better way. Through her own health challenges and witnessing those of her patients, she went in search of scientific proof of the mind-body connection and she found it in droves. This book and the second one in the series, The Fear Cure, outline the ways in which our own thoughts and emotions impact our physical health. More importantly, both books outline a method for us to create our own healing through writing a personal prescription to guide us.
3. Radical Remission
Kelly Turner, PhD was counseling cancer patients at a major medical center when she stumbled upon the phenomena of spontaneous remission – patients who had healed themselves without convention therapies or beyond them. She wondered why these cases hadn’t been studied in the composite and shared widely with the world, so she began the process of doing just that. The book outlines nine key factors that were present in each case of radical remission that she studied. Only two involve physical items – diet and supplementation – the rest are psycho-social and emotional factors.
4. Love, Medicine & Miracles
Dr. Bernie Siegel has been writing books about the relationship between the patient and the healing process for decades. His ideas about patient empowerment were radical when he first gained prominence in 1978. As a pediatric surgeon, this book in particular flaunted his disagreement with the medical establishment. He advised love as a path to healing, and suggested the possibility of miracles. In 12 books he has shared his passion for helping people overcome life’s challenges (not just the physical ones) and live more fully in the present.
5. Dying to Be Me
Anita Moorjani writes powerfully about her own near death experience from advanced cancer, and what she realized that shot her back to her life on earth with more passion and purpose than she had ever felt before. What she got was that we are all here to love and be loved, to be ourselves and experience joy. When we veer off that path, our bodies send us strong messages about how to get back. These can be physical illnesses, emotional pain, accidents, job loss and other wake up calls to focus our attention back on what is meaningful. This personal story is so honest and inspiring.
I would like to mention that what all of these books have in common is a recognition of the emotional connection to all dis-ease. Illness isn’t just of the body. It is connected to pain on other levels including mental, emotional and spiritual. When we can connect all the parts of ourselves, love ourselves more and let go of fear, we can truly heal.
Tracy is the author of Being Single, With Cancer: The Solo Survivor’s Guide to Life, Love, Health & Happiness and she loves her work as a healing coach. Helping people recognize and heal the patterns in life that are keeping them from experiencing complete health, well-being and fulfillment is her greatest joy. You can connect with her on social media, read her blog, buy her book or find out more about her coaching at www.IAMTracyMaxwell.com (There are also recommendations of several other books that Tracy loves.)