- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Sapphire River Publishing Services (November 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099669773X
- ISBN-13: 978-0996697736
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beating Cancer One Truth at a Time: What You Believe Determines Your Journey Paperback – November 5, 2018
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"Using her own experience and those of other survivors, McDonough urges newly diagnosed patients to reject the cultural myths related to the disease and create new mindsets and positive choices...To help accomplish this goal...readers are offered space to articulate new thinking and affirmative choices. Statements such as 'What did I do to deserve cancer?' or 'I'm better off keeping my thoughts to myself and do what I'm told' are jumping off points for readers to confront detrimental beliefs...McDonough's compassionate and thoughtful focus on how patients can positively reflect on their cancer journey may serve as a helpful, empowering guide for many individuals." --Blueink Reviews
"Newly diagnosed patients face a bombardments of tasks...As McDonough notes in this pithy, uplifting new work of nonfiction, this can often distract patients from remembering that, as she puts it, hope does not exist without vision...The guiding principle of the book is that a positive, life-affirming vision is every bit as important as all the practical care tactics new patients are given...By succinctly breaking down a series of 'myths' commonly associated with cancer (like patients must blindly follow doctors' orders or continuously maintain composure), McDonough very skillfully manages the difficult trick of categorizing typical patient reactions without criticizing those having the reactions...and each section of her short but powerful guide includes inspirational quotes and open-ended questions designed to help readers examine their own feelings at each stage of their journey..." --Kirkus Reviews
From the Author
When someone says you have cancer, it puts your brain on high alert. Have you ever tried to drive in a foreign country on the other side of the road with no idea how to read the signs? Cancer is like that. Ordinarily, you might be a good driver, but when the rules of the road are foreign to you, you must adjust and consider every detail. With so many questions bombarding your mind, you hardly know where to begin.
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I found this book to be insightful and as the author says, "I will not sugarcoat it." When you get diagnosed with cancer, I'm sure the first thing you think about is what do I do? I love that the author is honest, understands about cancer and gives real answers and actions to use to fight. The key is to not let cancer win, but to show it that you are ready to fight the battle. In the book she tackles myths about cancer and shares truths that help you have a positive outlook.
At the end of each chapter is a place to choose one item you will do in the next day, week, month or long term. I found that to be a great idea and one that will help encourage you. I loved this statement the author said, "Anyone who has battled cancer at all is a winner for standing up against it." I admire those who are fighting right now, for they are not alone. There are people around who care and it is important to reach out to family and friends for support.. Surround yourself with people who will fight with you, pray with you or just sit with you when you need it.
The book is well written and gives people an opportunity to get real information from someone who had cancer and beat it. I love her encouragement and information she provides to help each person make their own choices without overloading them with stress. I am thankful that there are people like this author who is willing to share their story to help someone who faces the unknown. The best advice she gives is to fight, don't get stressed out and surround yourself with positive people who are there for you.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a highly valuable resource for those whose lives have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. I highly recommend this also be read by those close to a cancer patient as well. Great information for consideration, contemplation, action and discussion!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.