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Later that evening I picked up the book and started to read. It is a raw story of a woman discovering herself and working out what is meaningful in her life. Her breast cancer is a part of the story but most definitely not the focus. The honesty and directness with which she writes makes her book a very refreshing quick read I finished it in three nights. While some women do amazing things like run marathons after cancer, others like myself and to some extent Fiona, use our energy to just keep fit and be healthy.

We prefer to be wiser and kinder to ourselves and our battered bodies.

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Her book highlights some of the many issues women struggle with including depression and her story shows professional assistance can help. For health professionals she nicely explains how a compassionate attitude makes a patient feel like a person and that words spoken without thought can have a huge negative impact. At the end of the book, Fiona felt like a friend. I do recommend this book and I am donating it to my local library in the hope that a range of women not just those with a cancer journey and perhaps a few blokes will read and enjoy her book.

This Present Moment is essentially an art therapy journal designed to help readers attain mindfulness through reading, colouring and meditation. Written by Meg Welchman, who is currently in remission from cancer, it is poignant yet positive. Illustrated by Grace Cuell, the mandalas are unique. Grace developed an interest in drawing mandalas as a tool for mindfulness during her travels.

Art therapy is a form of expressive, mental, and emotional wellbeing. For many people, reading and using this book will be an uplifting and positive experience.

This book is a reminder for us all, that all we have is this moment in time, right now - 'This. The introduction to mindfulness is a great introduction to the concept and explains it clearly and succinctly. The book is divided into fifteen themes about life, including Love, Hope, Vulnerability, Acceptance, Courage, Creativity and Resilience. Each theme has a quotation, a mandala, a blank doodle page and a key memory from Meg about her journey.

Readers undergoing life changing circumstances will look for hope and inspiration in many different ways. This book will be of great support to many people, but may not be for everyone. The book A year of medical thinking covers one year of the personal journey of a woman as she copes with life challenging situations. Reid introduces the reader to the intricacies of IVF treatment and shares her joy and excitement when falling pregnant.

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She also allows the reader to know about her deepest emotions from the disappointments of failing treatments to the grief of losing her baby. Just at a point where she is trying to come to terms with this loss, she is diagnosed with breast cancer. She gives a detailed description of her own physical and emotional roller coaster facing this potentially life threatening illness, which is deemed to take away her deepest wish: This book will appeal to anyone who had to go through the experience of losing a baby or is faced with a potentially life-threatening illness. The book certainly touches on issues like diagnosis and treatments, but it still is a personal, heartfelt account of someone trying to cope with very taxing life circumstances rather than a clinical matter-of-fact report.

Seasons might often be associated with distinct feelings, emotions and moods S. As the seasons change, so does the author who is forced to face and reflect on the deeper meaning of life and its priorities. The book shows that as one season rolls into the next, life goes on as well and the reader gets to share uplifting anecdotes establishing lifelong friendships as well as heartbreaking episodes her Dad is diagnosed with melanoma and the death of her beloved dog.

The book is written in a very compelling way wanting the reader to know what is coming next.

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It is a book that shows that life challenging situations will change the way you live forever. It is a story about self-discovery and listening to yourself but also about courage, inner strength and resilience. This recipe book with a difference, written by and for people on their cancer journey, captures the reader right from the start.

Hard times require strategies for gaining physical and spiritual strength and this is what this book offers. The wide range of highly nutritional and healthy recipes is sprinkled with personal stories and insights of people touched directly or indirectly by cancer — people we can relate to and learn from. There are also tips for carers. I found the range of recipes to be diverse and comprehensive encompassing cuisines from around the world. Based on my own experience while going through chemotherapy, I would highly recommend the range of juices such as the White Blood [Cells] Count Juice.

Salads and snacks, as well as meat-free versions of traditional recipes, are also most suitable during chemotherapy. I found them to be some of the few dishes I could eat over that period.

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The best news, of course, is this wonderful collection of targeted recipes offers a nutritional and spiritual diet to cancer sufferers all along their journey of claiming their life back. It also features recipes submitted by BCNA members! The first glimpse is a perfect promise of the whole. The cover drawing is a great example of how breast shape and size varies between women — young, old, big, small, pert, saggy or anything in between. This is visually explained with simple quirky sketches that warm your heart and show you that your breasts are reassuringly somewhere in the middle, and all are normal.

We might have taken a different route, skipped a stop or visited a different town, but the chauffeurs are all those amazing people who make it their business to heal, help and support us in our travels. For those who have just landed in cancer country, this book finishes with an undeniable truth. Susie gives hope that your foreign adventure will enlighten both your own heart and those who are able to keep up with your travails while they remain safely home.

In summary, this book is a short giggle that reminds us that our foreign adventure may have been scary at times but, with help from others, we will be able to return home wiser, and hopefully with a sense of humour. Purchase One breast, two breast by Susie Kliman from Booktopia.

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The easy manner in which information is discussed gave me a sense of being in a consultation with Professor Boyages during my journey. The author takes the reader through the DCIS journey one step at a time describing in detail each new issue. Throughout the text, Professor Boyages stresses the options, positive outcomes and possible problems. He encourages and urges the reader to take control of their diagnosis and treatment options.

The book includes an extensive list of suggested important questions that you may wish to ask your treatment team, from your first visit of your journey to your final visit. Professor Boyages suggests that you take a pen and paper to each visit to write notes, have your questions written down in advance and not to be afraid to ask questions.

That little lump the doctor felt turned out to be more than a little lump. I hated hearing the word, so we renamed mine Sagittarius. It helped me defy it in my own way. Follow Motto on Facebook. Sometimes I felt like a slab of meat. So many of them speak in statistics and averages, and our brains can only take so much. That meant feeling sick and utterly debilitated for 18 weeks.

I got a few weeks off for good behavior. My diagnosis hit right at the beginning of summer, when my kids had three months of free time. Camp, camp, and more camp. Our friends and family were wonderful, driving and shopping when necessary, and bringing over dinners for the family. Subscribe to the Motto newsletter for advice worth sharing. Then, following the chemo and some time for recovery, the mastectomy. The final stretch was in sight: The radiation map that a nice tech tattooed onto my chest with about six little dots, hurt like hell. Compared to chemo, radiation was a breeze. But it still wipes you out.

I never figured out how a few seconds of zapping every day could just blindside me with exhaustion, and suck all the life out of me for months afterwards. Do I have anything to celebrate for Breast Cancer Awareness month? And I thank my doctors and my friends and family who helped me live to tell the tale. But I choose not to relive that year of living nauseously. I choose not to wear that pink ribbon because breast cancer is not really a sisterhood for me. I still worry that my cancer could come back.