One day it happens that you are diagnosed with a tumor, a cancer or a neoplasm, whatever you want to call it. They have just run an arsenal of tests and have a diagnosis for you. You will enter the oncology hospital environment and you will meet many experts in the sector. In this new path, the greatest help that we can offer you apart from the treatments is that you talk to your doctor, your health professional for doubts and support.
However, in your spare time, don't forget to continue savoring life as much as you can, and, in those moments when you are only with yourself, here are some books from a special point of view, so that you can not feel alone in your fears, illusions, hopes, and get help while you navigate this difficult time. Enjoy them.
Dying to be me, Anita Moorjani
This book is from the year 2013, but it is still one of the most recommended. The author suffered from leukemia that she decided not to treat with conventional medicine. Cancer here was the catalyst showing the valuable contribution of each one of us in healing process, understanding that in the universe we contribute different ways of feeling, thinking and participating and likewise accept that any opinion that must be respected and honored.
Cancer Vixen, Marisa Acocella Machetto
A New Yorker cartoonist and breast cancer survivor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto delivers a laugh-out-loud funny graphic memoir. She finds a lump and is diagnosed with breast cancer just three weeks before her wedding. She worries how she’ll survive, how her fiancé will feel, and what will her hair look like. The book takes you along her journey with a look into living into Manhattan, working for a magazine, and learning to become a vixen not a victim of cancer. If you need a laugh this book is for you.
Not the Last Goodbye, Dr David Servan Schreiber
Psychiatrist, and founder of a medical center in Pittsburgh, Dr. David Servan Schreiber writes about his tumor relapse, some 19 years after the first diagnosis of cancer. He shares his experience from a less scientific and more human point of view, drawing a delicate balance between the limits of medicine and the hope that he sustains us in facing them. A work full of strength and sincerity that serves as true inspiration.
A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A true story of love, Science and Cancer, Mary Elizabeth Williams
After being diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer, metastatic melanoma, Mary Elizabeth Williams decides to enroll in a clinical trial. With no guarantees that the trial will save her life, she ultimately beats cancer through the groundbreaking immunotherapy trial. Throughout the book she discusses her journey and that of her close friend who experienced a vastly different journey.
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