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There's No Place Like Hope: A Guide to Beating Cancer in Mind-sized Bites Hardcover – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Compendium Inc; 1 edition (September 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932319700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932319705
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent! A very timely book, filled with hope, help and inspiration, written by someone whohas been there. -- Dr. Ranulfo Sanchez, MD, Surgical Oncologist

Finally! I hope all cancer patients, survivors and their families have a copy of this book in their hands. -- Cheryl Caleca, Link To Life Newsletter

Hope for those touched by cancer, written by a woman who has been there and survived. -- Timothy C. Birdsall, ND, National Director, Naturopathic Medicine and Research, CTCA --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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There are many books on cancer, but none so hopeful and useful as Vickie Girard’s. The result of more than eight years of working closely with thousands of cancer patients and survivors, this is one cancer book that definitely has its feet on the ground. In the very first chapter, the author assures the reader to “immediately throw out any old cancer horror stories. Times, treatments, and diagnoses are all changing and improving as we speak.” The next 150 pages is a powerful, practical and inspiring guide that will empower millions of cancer patients to quickly understand the new “Patient Empowerment Medicine”, so they can better fight and better survive this disease. “Fear doesn’t defeat cancer,” reminds Girard, “empowered treatment defeats cancer.” Having survived one of the most deadly types of cancer, she writes with unusual clarity and authority and has taken her message to the floor of the United States Senate and to thousands of cancer patients and su! rvivors throughout the world. Her personal mission is to “empower and inspire people who have cancer and those who love them,” and her long-awaited book truly delivers on that promise. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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I gave this book to my mom after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Consuela V. Kennard
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with cancer and all that are close to that person.
lisa flack
I sat down to read it and didn't stop until I was finished with the entire book.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hopkins on June 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Vickie Girard has written a wonderful, instructional book, which will become a tremendous asset for all of us who are fighting cancer (myself included). Her analogies and anecdotes are well put and well received. Vickie has been challenged in every way-from the terror of a cancer diagnosis, to life-and-death insurance issues and everything in between! What is most remarkable is that she has decided to tell her story with the hope that she will help others.
However, while reading "There is No Place Like Hope," I could not help but to conclude that it is, in large part, a marketing tool designed to attract patients to Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). Vickie was treated at one of the organization's hospitals. While I appreciate Vickie's opinions regarding CTCA, I question her statement indicating that this organization attracts and employs the "best and the brightest" in cancer care.
I was treated for breast cancer at a CTCA hospital. Since the conclusion of my treatment at CTCA more than 10 years ago, I have been re-diagnosed with breast cancer twice. In the labyrinth of hospitals, clinics and physicians I have encountered during my own treatment odyssey, I strongly believe that the best and the brightest cancer experts are located in research hospitals where there is an all-out commitment to cutting-edge, new cancer therapies. Oncology physicians at these centers do not merely read about and indicate treatment protocols for their patients, they are in the laboratories developing and perfecting them. These physicians are educated at the best-known colleges and universities worldwide. They teach, lecture and are actively and aggressively attempting to make a difference in the lives of people victimized by cancer.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Willie on June 10, 2001
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Best book I've read for dealing with cancer. I think all cancer patients should read it - wish I'd had it five years ago when I was taking treatments. All cancer centers should have a copy of this book in their library and/or should give a copy to each patient. The American Cancer Society should recommend this book. Can't begin to say enough good things about it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Noland on November 29, 2002
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This book was so uplifting and informative. I sat down to read it and didn't stop until I was finished with the entire book. My Sister has breast cancer and I found so much "HOPE" inside this little book. I bought the book for my Sis and sent it to her after I read it. Hopefully, she was as impressed with it as I was.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Willow Dillow on August 27, 2005
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Although Vickie Girard's advice and information is, for the most part, sincere and helpful, this is too obvious a PR vehicle for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. While the CTCA may offer more hugs and limo rides for patients when compared to other cancer centers, they still use standard cancer treatment therapies that are available elsewhere. You don't have to go to one of the CTCA hospitals to get top-rate care or find an understanding and competent physician. Most major cancer centers now have integrated medicine departments, so the idea that only CTCA is engaged in treating the whole person is erroneous. As a cancer patient, I have come to realize just how many people want to persuade you to spend your money on this treatment, that facility, or some alternative juice or pill they happen to be the "network distributor" for. In my opinion, this book would have been much more credible had it not contained so many references to the CTCA.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MomB on March 21, 2006
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My mother was diagnosed with Cancer one week before Christmas.

We are still battling this horrible disease, but we do see light at the end of the tunnel. This book was inspiration to everyone

in my family. My mother, her daughters, her grandchildren....we each benefited in some way from reading There's No Place Like Hope. This book is amazing.....don't hesitate.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Goldenberg on July 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled on this book in a bookstore about 3 weeks into what would become 6 months of chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It at once made me smile and cry - smile to know I wasn't the first person who felt selfish as a patient, or unapologetic that losing my hair was the hardest part of my treatment - and cry, because the thoughts and feelings she expressed were so real and present in my life at that moment.

I have recommended this book to every single person who has shared their experience of cancer with me - both patients and their friends and families. My mother, who has never been sick, bought herself a copy and has given it to many friends.

I finished my treatment in November 2004 - eight months later, this book is still on my bedside table, because, as the book so smartly notes, nights are darker and scarier and lonelier when you're up thinking about cancer. Sometimes it helps to turn on the light, and flip through this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Newcombe on November 11, 2010
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As I read through as these reviews about Vickie's book I cannot help but swell with pride about my sister. Yes Vickie was my sister and I was her little brother and there is not a day that goes by that I don't miss her immensely. The amazing thing is that after reading all of your wonderful comments about her and her book I see all of you have been able to get a glimpse of what made Vickie so very special in reading her book. Her tireless work towards helping others, all the late nights talking to cancer patients, trying to ease the fears, preparing fellow travelers for this journey and for the fight ahead and just being there when they needed a shoulder to cry on. I often think her title of the book was one of her strongest gifts not only to others but herself...the gift of hope.
As you may or may not have known Vickie passed away on February 10, 2007. At the time I could not speak at her funeral, the words never did come that day and if they would have I know I would have never got them out. So it is now in this forum that I can say at least a little of what I wished I could have said then. I do not and will not ever say she lost her battle with cancer due to the fact that her words live on and she is still battling the disease through all of you and with the power to still provide encouragement to all that hear her story or read her book in my mind she will always be triumphant against this terrible disease.
I just wanted to put this out there and say thank you for all the kind words about my sister and for letting me know all the good work she continues to do to this day.

All my love,
Jeff
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