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November 22, 2021

2 Nonfiction Books for Cancer Survivors

by Susan Roberts

An estimated 1,762,450 cancers were diagnosed in 2019, which equals more than 4,800 new cases each day. The lifetime probability of being diagnosed with cancer is 39.3% for men and 37.7% for women, which is a little more than 1 in 3.  Two new books about facing cancer and suggestions of how to deal with cancer in yourself and others both give some excellent suggestions that I wish I'd have known when my dad was dying of pancreatic cancer a few years ago.
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All of Us Warriors: Cancer Stories of Survival and Loss by Rebecca Whitehead Munn

All of Us Warriors
September 2020; She Writes Press; 978-1631527951
ebook, print (328 pages); nonfiction

This book highlights cancer in twenty different people.  It covered many different cancers and different cancer treatments.  All of the people who wrote stories in the book reacted to their diagnosis with fear at what was ahead for them and their families.  In each chapter, the person with cancer or a family member writes about their diagnosis,  their treatment experience, and advice for others:  How I supported myself,  How others supported me, and Helpful tips.  Most of the survivors in this book were determined to beat cancer and to stay strong with the help of their families and friends.  The book helped me understand the pain, the fear, and the courage it takes to fight the battle with cancer.  I think that this book would be a great help for people who are currently fighting with cancer or helping a family member or a friend in their battle  This is a book that everyone needs to read to better understand the trials and tribulations of dealing with cancer.

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A Way Back to Health: 12 Lessons from a Cancer Survivor by Kelley Skoloda

A Way Back to Health
November 2021; She Writes Press; 978-1647422172
ebook, print (256 pages); nonfiction

Kelley Skoloda was the healthiest person that she knew - until she became a cancer patient.  

She wasn't worried when she had her first colonoscopy.  She had no symptoms and no problems but the result was colon cancer.  Her entire life changed in a minute. This book gives us a look at her journey as a cancer patient and the lessons that she learned that helped her recovery. Her lessons learned helped her and will help others on their cancer journey as they try to navigate all of the treatments. doctors and changes to their bodies.  Her twelve lessons:

Listen to Your Instincts
Do Your Research
Prepare to Speak Up
Know Your Medical History
Make Your List of Questions
Get a Second Opinion
Prepare for Treatment
Tell Friends and Family (or Don't)
Open Yourself to Kindness
Fake It Till You Make It
Watch for Miracles
You're Stronger Than You Know

This is an excellent book to share with friends or family members who are fighting against cancer.  Kelly is a strong woman who has some great ideas that will help people with their cancer journey to recovery.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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