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A Survivor's Guide To Kicking Cancer's Ass Paperback – November 1, 2011
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I was completely drawn to this book because I love the proactive, assertive approach to illness. My father died of lung cancer and I was curious to know what other options he may have had. For myself, I have noticed that people who are victorious over illness have a deep well of knowledge, wisdom, and spirituality. I had the feeling this book would share some of that with me and I was not disappointed.
She freely offers links, resources, common sense, and soothing statements that I could not help but ear mark and underline in the first read. There are places where Dena gives specific advice and natural remedies for radiation and chemotherapy. She knows what she is talking about because both she and her husband went through cancer. At the heart of this book is a sentiment on page seven that reads, "You will first need to turn inward to the silence of your soul." There is no place of your life that Dena does not address. Her prose is like that of a good friend who tells you like it is while empowering you to do the same. She makes complex things simple and even more, made me want to do her suggestions.
This comprehensive book on radical self-care encompasses such topics as how to choose your doctor, self-care with cancer treatments and tests, natural remedies, detoxification, food and causes of inflammation, renewing your environment, and your emotional health. Dena's section on saying no and speaking your truth hit me between the eyes when I read that difficulty taking a full deep breath in is a sign of an inability of speaking my truth. WOW! This was me! This is not a cancer book - this is a how-to-live-life book. I highly recommend it to those who want to take the driver's seat in regards to their health and well-being. It's a definite manual for my shelf with all the website, food, and book suggestions.
In addition, Mendes has suggestions which will benefit all her readers, but especially those who are dealing with cancer. Her comment that "cancer gives you the gift of freedom from the old constraints that bound you" is inspiring. She counsels others to "recombobulate: reinvent, revamp, refocus, and renew." A list of "Max's healing instructions" on page 43 is concise and ....not impossible to achieve. (Mendes introduces Max - her personal guru and a natural healer.) Some of her suggestions, especially regarding food, may seem impossible. Giving up sugar and dairy - and eating seaweed will probably sound impractical to most readers. However, since much of the author's advice sounds sensible and reasonable (best sleep is sleep by 10,) it may be important for health and healing to consider her advice. The allegory of treating ourselves like a garden is appealing. What nutrition, rest, sunshine, or rain do we need for optimal wellness?
Adults, who are dealing with cancer themselves or are interested for a loved one's benefit, will profit from reading this book. Those who would like to improve their overall wellness would also enjoy reading the suggestions and positive attitude underlying the author's writing.
*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
Infused with humor, honesty, humility and pragmatism, this book was and continues to be a cheerleader for me.
18 months after completing treatment I still pick up this book to remind myself that I CAN do this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very inspirational book about perseverance, determination and finding what works for you.Published 1 month ago by cathy
I BOUGHT THIS FOR MYSELF, JUST TO LEARN TO EAT BETTER. HOWEVER WHEN A NEIGHBOR CAME DOWN WITH CANCER, I GAVE IT TO HIM. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Visa
More cheerleading than a survivor's guide. She talks about diet all through the book, but there are no recipes in this book. You have to buy her cook book. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Riley Lapolla
Dena Mendes really knows her stuff! The book is snappy, well written, and it covers the whole experience of being diagnosed, treating and ultimately conquering cancer. Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Nate Guadagni