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Life Wish Hardcover – January 30, 1987

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Ireland, wife of actor Charles Bronson and herself an actress, discovered she had cancer in the summer of 1984, and here tells the story of her battle with the disease. In an affluent family setting that includes children from the previous marriages of both husband and wife, she struggled to develop the positive attitude that experts posit is an element of resistance to disease. In addition to conventional chemotherapy after her mastectomy, Ireland undertook holistic healing that involved homeopathic treatment, lying on an electromagnetic table and meditation with quartz crystals. With the assistance of these therapies and the support of her family, to whom she pays fulsome tribute, she explored her inner resources. Illness caused a reassessment of values, a scaling down of lifestyle, until she forged an understanding of pain and an ability to face a life-threatening situation. Upbeat and, despite some theatrical hyperbole, inspiring. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Ladies Home Journal.
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With this book Jill Ireland, actress and wife of actor Charles Bronson, joins the roster of celebrity women including Betty Rollins and Betty Ford who have written books about their experiences as breast cancer patients. Although her treatment consisted principally of the traditional surgery followed by drug treatments, Ireland also sought out a variety of other therapies such as homeopathy and meditation to help her cope with the psychological and emotional effects of the disease and the debilitating reactions to medication. The book chronicles both physical and mental aspects of the recovery, emphasizing the mind-body connection in physical illnesses like cancer in a positive, sometimes humorous style. Karen McNally Bensing, Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (January 30, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316109266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316109260
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed reading Jill Ireland's Life Wish. It describes her life at the time she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She describes in detail her fight against this disease using both conventional and unconventional means. It is well written and through out the book she never stops encouraging the reader with her hopeful message that this disease can be beaten.
You are drawn into her life of her husband, Charles Bronson, her children, stepchildren and friends as she travels life's path in her fight against disease. Her next book Life Lines details her fathers condition with aphasia following a stroke and her son Jason's struggle with addiction. At the time of her death I had heard she was working on a third book Life Times but her husband was against publishing it.
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Jill Ireland was fortunately wealth enough to be able to patronize the practitioners of many cures. They included aroma therapy, magnetic tables and wearable magnets, pyramids (the large sizes, up to 3 feet tall, can be expensive!), acupuncture, positive thinking instruction, visualisation (that the cancer has disappeared) therapy, sacred gems and icons, holy water (imported from Italy and flown in on the Concorde), psychotherapy (just in case there may be an underlying psychic condition), runes, precious-metal bracelets and ornaments, and at least 17 other modalities. What is so surprising is that at least one or these did not do the trick. Very disappointing. The poor lady, when she wrote this book, was sadly not aware of what here cruel fate would be, having been given optimism from the numerous health providers above.

Am old enough to remember when a disease called polio was an equally notorious scourge. All of the above - and more - were proclaimed as potential cures. Then came...Salk and Sabin vaccines, which while not as "interesting," seemed at least to be a bit more effective.
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I'm captured by Jill Ireland's honesty and selflessness. I'd like to read her sequel.
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I had a hardback, lent it to a,friend, found,a used,apart back and lent tthat to a,friend. I was,so delighted,to read Jill & Chatrlie'$s,saga,again
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