I’ve been walking this path called survivorship for a while now. It’s gotten so that I often get phone calls from others wanting to know what I did and what I think works. In fact just yesterday I talked with a friend of my brother’s who has melanoma. He is looking to make some changes and is having trouble figuring out where to start. It’s no wonder. There is so much out there. I finally asked if I could just send him some of my favorite books to start him on the way. This is just my opinion, no pays me to endorse their stuff (though that would be sweet!). These are simply books that I believe in. Since I have always loved to read, books are a great place for me turn when I need inspiration, motivation, and comfort. One more disclaimer before I get started: I do not necessarily agree with or do all of the things in these books. I just feel that they are a great place to start. Ultimately no book will kill cancer. That is your job, just as it is mine.
Here are my choices. If I could send a book bag to everyone starting on this journey I would. And all of these would be in there.
Letters to Sydney: Every Day I am Killing Cancer by Heather Jose. I have to include my book in the list. I wrote it to provide hope and inspiration to other survivors. This book details my journey through the first year of my diagnosis. It gives a lot of specific information about what I was doing to kill cancer.
A Dietitian’s Cancer Story by Diana Dyer. Diana is a three-time survivor of cancer and a dietitian to boot. She provides extensive information about nutrition including my favorite shakes that I still use. There are also grocery lists, choices for traveling and eating out and TONS of research.
50 Essential Things To Do When the Doctor Says it’s Cancer by Greg Anderson. Greg was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer in 1984. He was given thirty days to live. He is still alive and kicking today. This book helped me lay out a plan and really inspired me to try. I have given away many copies over the years.
It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins.