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  • Series: Playaway Adult Nonfiction
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  • Publisher: Gildan Media Corporation (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616578238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616578237
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,993,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this collection of first-person accounts, doctor and author Siegel (Love, Medicine, and Miracles) brings together almost three dozen cancer patients (or close relations of) to share their stories and the lessons they've learned. Many entries tackle the moment of diagnosis (the first, from survivor Angela Passidomo Trafford, opens with the line, "How many times do I have to have cancer?!"), while others pick up at the moment the diagnosis first hits home; still others focus on the end, like Ann Martin Bowler, whose sick brother passed days after a reinvigorating near-death experience. Lynn Zeller contributes a list of the "eight practices" she discovered through cancer that have led to a "wonderfully expanded experience of life" (including a focus on gratitude, mindfulness, and the idea that the universe "is in a conspiracy for my good"); Edwina Ford focuses on her afflicted husband's admiration, and efforts on behalf, of Lance Armstrong's post-surgery Tour de France comeback. For each piece, Siegel provides a reflection and a moral ("Life's difficulties are what teach us to grow") that clarify and encourage. Anyone struggling with cancer will find many relatable voices and, in Siegel, a compassionate expert commentator.
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In this collection of first-person accounts, doctor and author Siegel (Love, Medicine, and Miracles) brings together almost three dozen cancer patients (or close relations of) to share their stories and the lessons they’ve learned. Many entries tackle the moment of diagnosis (the first, from survivor Angela Passidomo Trafford, opens with the line, “How many times do I have to have cancer?!”), while others pick up at the moment the diagnosis first hits home; still others focus on the end, like Ann Martin Bowler, whose sick brother passed days after a reinvigorating near-death experience. Lynn Zeller contributes a list of the “eight practices” she discovered through cancer that have led to a “wonderfully expanded experience of life” (including a focus on gratitude, mindfulness, and the idea that the universe “is in a conspiracy for my good”); Edwina Ford focuses on her afflicted husband’s admiration, and efforts on behalf, of Lance Armstrong’s post-surgery Tour de France comeback. For each piece, Siegel provides a reflection and a moral (“Life’s difficulties are what teach us to grow”) that clarify and encourage. Anyone struggling with cancer will find many relatable voices and, in Siegel, a compassionate expert commentator. (Apr.) (Publishers Weekly, April 20, 2009) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is a must read for anyone battling cancer or any serious disease or illness.
martyj
In reading these wonderfully uplifting true stories, you'll find some of the faith and hope that others discovered, which may help in your own healing process.
Alice Berger
While faith and hope are very important in promoting cures, they work so much better when they are accompanied by some serious medical ammunition.
Charles Ashbacher

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Format: Hardcover
I consider it an unarguable point that people who are optimistic in the face of serious illness tend to respond better to treatment and live longer and healthier lives. However, this is a statistic fact, not an individual one. It is also obvious that some people spontaneously overcome their cancerous growths in a manner completely unexplainable by medical science. However, I tend to take an extremely skeptical view of books that tend to be overly energetic in promoting natural healing due to faith and hope. While faith and hope are very important in promoting cures, they work so much better when they are accompanied by some serious medical ammunition.
The line between the legitimate and illegitimate promotion of faith and hope cures is approached in this book but not crossed. It is a series of testimonials from people that were diagnosed with cancer and have been able to generate great strength and improve their chances via the use of positive thinking. That positive thinking was reinforced by chemotherapy and radiation so in many cases the positive thinking was a driving force in getting them through the secondary illness from their treatment. After each testimonial there is a brief statement from Dr. Siegel, giving his impressions of the testimonial. In some cases the statement is a legitimate extension but in others it could have been left out with no real loss. The most powerful, uplifting and beneficial statements to cancer sufferers come from cancer survivors and these messages are often so powerful that any postscript written by another seems weak.
Sometimes the best message that you can receive when facing adversity is an existence proof that it is possible to survive and perhaps even benefit from it. That inspiring message is repeated many times in this book and some of them are very moving.
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Format: Hardcover
Bernie Siegel is a wonderful healer, his words bringing inspiration and solace through the stories shared in this heartwarming book. I was reminded of a story Bernie likes to tell about the start of his career in providing support and nurturing to women with breast cancer - as I read this collection of reports from 32 people who learned to deal with their cancers as teachers and inner healers. Bernie was distressed to find that many of the women he treated as a surgeon had no source of support outside their stressed families for dealing with their health challenges and the emotional turmoil they encountered - both from the cancers and from the medical treatments. Bernie invited a group of people who had undergone cancer surgery to meet regularly in his office in a support group.He found that the best way he could contribute was to let these people share their issues with each other and find support from each other, and to keep as quiet himself as he possibly could.

In this book there are stories of men and women, young and old, and a few as well of children who tell their experiences of dealing with cancers. For anyone who is challenged with cancer, this book brings the wonderful gift of hope. With the help, encouragement and support of the author, many of these people were able to arrive at a place of peace and inspiration, living their lives much more fully and meaningfully as a result of their experiences of dealing with cancer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Beamon on July 29, 2012
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While there are many inspiring stories from cancer survivors, and I have no doubt that visualization helped these people, I found the author's pantheistic philosophy depressing. His attitude of "God helps with what you can't handle" is not Biblical, and that was what I was looking for. I think "Faith" should be taken out of the title, because this book is more about how you can beat cancer without God, rather than how God can fill you with positivity and healing if you will trust Him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Lovitt on February 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to be facing cancer to appreciate the messages in the stories that are in these chapters. I read "Faith, Hope, and Healing," because I was looking for insight into a health condition that I have which is not terminal, however, it is painful. Reading the chapters written by people who were either dealing with cancer, or a loved one that had cancer made me take stock in how much I have to appreciate in my life. Instead of being pulled down by what we have wrong in our lives, especially with health, this book really showed me to appreciate what I have that is good. Dr. Siegel's insightful contemplations about each person's experiences really gave me a lot of food for thought. Every single one of us can apply these messages to our lives right now. I am truly grateful that I was able to read this book. I also think that people who are dealing with loved ones who have cancer will really benefit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Gunta M. Caldwell on April 25, 2010
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We are in desperate need of more books such as this one. Yes you may say there already are many such books on the market. To a certain extent that may be the case, yet few if any, are written by a medical person with Dr Segal's credentials. The world needs to read that there are other ways to heal the body that are less brutal than the ones used today in so called modern medicine. These people have taken responsibility for their health and are prepared to believe in themselves to achieve the outcome that is so healing in every way - how liberating and enpowering is that! We have to be responsible for our own health as well. We need to tap into what our own individual requirements are and work with these. The more people who read a book such as this the more people will realise that it may be possible for them as well. Our world needs the inspiration of possibilities rather than probabilities. Probabilities are like pointing the bone. We all know the outcome of that! And what does that mean - just belief. Let us change the belief to possiblities rather than probabilities.
Dr Gunta Krumins-Caldwell author of On Silver Wings
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