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- Print Length: 133 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478786884
- Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (July 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073T482QG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I would never have completed my 20 months of daily chemo with people around as much. I don't think that loving life and hating cancer are mutually exclusive. And I did NOT love life during chemo. I do hate cancer- and what it does to a persons' body and everything else in their life- not to mention their friends, families, coworkers, etc. I watched my mom go through bilateral mastectomies, a lung resection, and brain cancer- and cancer didn't kill her- but left her demented from the brain radiation post surgery for the last 7 years of her life- though she lasted 17 years cancer free after the brain tumor. There have been more people in my life with cancer than I can count- though I know that in 2014 alone, 4 of them died. So I don't wear 'ribbons' or 'awareness' paraphernalia. I'm plenty 'aware'.
I did keep things light-hearted as much as I could (3 hours of Funniest Home Videos each weekday for the 6 weeks I was inpatient on isolation; then 2 5-week sessions of M-F IV arsenic trioxide for a total of 50 doses). Humor was my coping mechanism. But loving life on chemo ? I would have had to have been on crack for that to happen. It was a means to an end. Nothing more. It was brutal, and knowing what I do now, I would not do it again. The ongoing effects of having chemo have not been worth it, except for one thing... I would have hated for my dad to have to bury a third 'child'.... he'd already buried two newborns early in their marriage, and his wife of 46 years in 2003, along with friends and other family.
The part of the whole cancer thing for me was the hardest- feeling SO alone, and not feeling I should- or could- ask for help.... and realistically, aside from my dad, nobody offered. Isolation leads to mandatory self-sufficiency. That might have been the hardest, but I got the job done. I hate the term 'victim' - and don't think it applies to cancer. To me, "victim" implies some intentional malfeasance by someone who at best is a jerk, or at worst, a psychopath. Cancer 'happens'. It's not the 'cause' of a human- so I can't be victimized by it. "Just" survive. AND, have a better idea of what I'd do if another type of cancer would happen... if it involves the assistance of another human, count me out.
We've had the privilege of knowing Julie, the author, for nearly 10 years now. In the time that we've known her, I can say with certainty that she has made a profound impact on both our lives. Much of what she has done for us, and the wisdom she has bestowed upon us, comes out in the pages of this book. Julie has been a part of our lives before and during her journey with cancer, and we've experienced the peaks and valleys of her journey with her. The mindset that has guided her though her treatment is expressed in a truly authentic way throughout this book. Her outlook of keeping a positive attitude in times of struggle, finding the light through the darkness, and being open and honest in recognizing her own faults and working to fix them are all lessons that can be applied to so many of life's struggles, well beyond a cancer diagnosis.
I recommend this book to anyone facing a struggle; be it depression, cancer, or other ailments. I'd even recommend it to people who just want to read about an incredible woman's journey. This book is filled with so many inspiring messages that everyone can take to heart. Whether you or someone you know has cancer, or even if you haven't experienced it, Julie's messages about discovering yourself and focusing on the positives around you is beautifully expressed in this book.