I love the book of Barbara Delinsky "Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors" as she is also a cancer survivor so, gave the real hope to women who are struggling against this disease.
I bought The Complete Guide To Breast Cancer after listening to Liz on the Steve Wright show a few months ago. If there was one book I would recommend this would be it. I agree you have to be in the right frame of mind to pick anything up like this. I did not read everything in detail as felt I wasn't/hadn't been through it.It's a kind of book you can dip into now and again and very informative. My advice would be give it a go and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
I believe Liz has been through it again this year.
My sister suggested "The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer - how to feel Empowered and Take Control" by Professor Trisha Greenhaigh and Dr Liz O'Riordan, but I haven't read it yet. The two ladies, a GP and a surgeon, are both breast cancer sufferers, both originally diagnosed in 2015, so have a wide range of knowledge from the professional side and also as sufferers.
Our local newspaper did a write up on the book in September, which was too soon after my diagnosis for me to take much in, but it is definitely on my reading list for early next year.
If anyone has already read it, please let us know what you thought of it. x
Breasts An Owner's Manual by Dr Kristi Funk (Breast Cancer Surgeon to celebrities Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crowe)
This feels like the book we've all been waiting for. I've read it and it's very informative. Highly recommend.
Jules91, I'm a fan of Chris Woollams but not everyone shares the same opinion. Some people are sceptical about lifestyle impact. Another great read to look out for is Jane McLelland "How to starve cancer" just released on Kindle and will follow on paperback. Jane was stage 4 ovarian, given 12 weeks to live and is still here 19 years later after following her own DIY cancer plan. I don't believe there is a magic pill or miracle cure but making enough important lifestyle and diet changes seems to help a lot of people.
I am just reading this book (referring to Oestrongen The killer in our midst by Chris Woolams) and I started off skeptical, but actually it makes a lot of sense. I have always worried about contraceptive residues in our water and obviously plastic and the adverse effects of too much, which highlighted often in the news headlines right now. I have been suspicious of cow's milk and any over produced food stuffs and other commodities like toiletries and cleaning products as some contain harsh chemicals and he evidences the bad effects these products can produce. It has been easy reading for a subject with a lot of scientific background and I would definitely recommend it. I would like to know what other people think about what he says. He recommends the rainbow diet which is a good anti-inflammatory diet and isn't too acidic. Some oncologists would say that cancer creates its own acidic environment and that alkaline food won't stop the cancer, but surely a balanced body has a better tuned homeostasis that one that isn't.
Thanks LadyM and PureTechy, I've added those to my Amazon wish list.
I recently read a book called "Oestrogen the killer in our midst" by Chris Woollams. It's an interesting read. The more I read on cancer, hormones, environment, stress and diet, the more the picture seems to be converging into a consensus: Reduce stress and increase relaxation, mindfulness and gratification, reduce toxins, increase fresh organic veg & fruit, reduce dairy, cut out processed meats, sugars and white flour, increase omega 3s, keep taking regular exercise.
Recently I browse in Amazon and found this--> Songs For My Hair: Lyrics of Love Life Loss and Surviving Breast Cancer by Che'Vonceil Echols PhD (Author)
This collection of poems is a tribute to all women who have stories about overcoming, surviving, thriving and ultimately moving from pain to power to purpose. It doesn't matter your race or the color of your face, people think your hair is you. It's about acceptance, celebration and the emancipation of you as a powerful statement that you are more than your hair.
I bought a book called B is for Breast Cancer.. from anxiety to recovery and everything in between - a beginner's guide by Christine Hamill. I recommend it. It is written by Christine Hamill whilst she was undergoing cancer treatment and the Amazon blurb says "
'The day after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was standing in the chemist with a basket in my hand, blinking back tears and thinking, "Now what does a breast cancer patient need?" All I could come up with was waterproof mascara. I put some in my basket and thought someone should write an alternative guide to breast cancer. Step one - buy waterproof mascara. You're going to need it. A few short months later, I found I was writing the guide myself. I sat in bed in between hospital appointments with my laptop, furiously, desperately trying to make sense of this alien world I had entered.'
Written entirely while Christine Hamill was undergoing cancer treatment, this book is an honest and frank account of the emotional and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis. It is at turns funny, sad, angry and ultimately optimistic. Written without sentimentality, B is for Breast Cancer offers bite-size chunks of help and hope - a daily pep talk to anyone affected by the disease. It's packed full of the practical information that you really need.
I recommend it wholeheartedly. I managed to get a brand new marketplace copy for just £1.20 + £2.80 UK delivery
I just finished reading the book:
- Beat Cancer - Prof Mustafa Djamgoz & Jane Plant
I though it was a really comprehensive view of all things to overhaul in your life to avoid/fight cancer and the book is well organised for quick reference afterwards. It recommends an organic vegan diet which I have no issue with as I'm oestrogen positive so eliminating dairy makes complete sense for me. This is probably the most informative anti-cancer book I've read so far.
Has anyone read any good books which made you feel really positive and hopeful? I purchased a couple recently:
"Anti-cancer a new way of life" - Dr David Servan-Schreiber (this is a fantastic book for managing your diet and thoughts and addresses some of your darkest fears and is written by a guy who had cancer himself - I love this book and keep a few page corners in it turned for quick reference)
"Your Life in your hands" - Professor Jane Plant (I haven't read this yet but it looks like a really good personal experience book from someone who has survived breast cancer multiple times and learned to change to survive)
"Cancer" - Paul Scotting (2nd Edition - beginners guide) This book is great for anyone who is interested in getting their head around the system biology of how cancer works. I found it really interesting. All royalties from this book are donated to McMillan nurses so a good investment too.