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Let's Talk #Cancer Books & I'm Hosting a #Giveaway!

Let’s Talk Cancer Books, Part 2 (& I’m Hosting a Giveaway!)

How are you doing this week? Staying safe and well I hope.

April 23th is World Book & Copyright Day. It’s the perfect nudge I needed to get myself to take a break from blogging about the pandemic. Today, let’s talk books!

Is reading part of your plan to distract yourself during this staying-at-home time?

It’s part of mine.

I don’t know about you, but I am having quite a bit of trouble focusing, not just on reading but on a lot of things (like writing). It’s hard to focus when the world’s health seems in such peril.

I want to give a shout out about three new (to me) cancer books. Why you might be asking. Because introducing you to and supporting other bloggers/authors in any way I can makes me happy.

If you are interested and able, consider supporting these fellow writers by buying their books, telling others about them or just following them on social media (links below). So far, I’ve only read Wear the Damn Swimsuit because as I mentioned, I’ve been having trouble concentrating. I look forward to reading the other two soon.

The three new books (see featured image above) I want to tell you about are:

Wear the Damn Swimsuit: Lessons and Stories From Cancer and Life by Ashli Brehm

Ticking Off Breast Cancer by Sara Liyanage

Braving Chemo by Beverly A. Zavaleta, MD

Now about that giveaway.

To mark World Book Day and to do a tiny something to help out during this stay-at-home time, I am giving away five FREE copies of Getting Past the Fear: A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy OR Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A memoir about cancer as I know it.

I’ll pick five winners and notify them via email. Winners will be able to pick which book they want. I’ll announce winners on this post once they’ve been selected.

For a list of some other fine cancer books you might wish to read during stay-at-home time, click on the image below. If you avoid cancer books like the plague (sorry, bad pun), believe me, I understand. Call me weird, but I can’t seem to read enough of them.

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What are you reading, or what’s on your to-read list?

Below is my stack of to-read books. It’s been sitting untouched on my end table for a while now. I’ll get to them. Eventually. I cannot order any new ones until I finish these. (Or so I told myself.) Have you read any of them?

Let's Talk #Cancer #Books!

Don’t forget to support ALL your favorite authors by writing reviews. Reviews make an author’s day.

Already read my books?

Share this post with someone who might be interested in my giveaway. Remember, you can always win a copy and give it away.

Happy reading!

If you want a chance to win either of my books mentioned above and pictured below, leave a comment specifically saying so before month’s end. (This giveaway requires a US mailing address.)

That’s it, you’re in!

The five lucky winners were: Ann, Janice, Janet, Megsie and Nan. Congrats, ladies! And thank you to all who participated.

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31 thoughts to “Let’s Talk Cancer Books, Part 2 (& I’m Hosting a Giveaway!)”

  1. Thanks for the new book ideas, Nancy. I’m always looking for new ideas. I read voraciously! I’m unexpectedly spending my quarantined time with braces on each arm. One broken and one badly sprained, and recovering from a severe concussion. Well, there’s not much else to do then besides read, right? Note to self and to others, when your grandson turns 16 and gets a hoverboard for his birthday, don’t attempt to try it out! We are not 16 anymore! ( It was fun until it wasn’t!) Also, I remember reading Before We Were Young and liking it. Right now I’m reading The Library at the Edge of the World. Nice light reading. My sister is recovering well from covid right now in N.J. Everyone stay well!!

    1. Donna, OMG! I am so sorry to hear about your injuries. I hope you aren’t in too much pain. And a severe concussion sounds very scary. You are so kind to take time to comment on this post. I am thinking about you and hoping you get back to feeling like your old self soon. I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s situation too. Hoping for a fast and complete recovery for her as well. Rest and heal well. xx

  2. I would be interested in your free book giveaway, as your blog has helped me cope. I do not view cancer as a gift. Thank you.

  3. hi,
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.
    I’d like to ask for suggestions for not-breast cancer cancer books. My sister asked me for something for my 28-year old nephew who is in treatment for leukemia. Nothing woo-woo. All the books I’ve collected during and after my bc treatment are either bc related or woo-woo or both!
    thanks, and thank you for your blog!

    1. Janice, Most of the books I’ve read are breast cancer related too. One that’s not that comes to mind is Kate Bowler’s, Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved. Thanks for participating in my giveaway. My best to your nephew. And you as well, of course.

  4. Donna, I hope your recovery and your sister’s go smoothly. What a tough time both of you are going through. I appreciate your warning about hoverboarding! 😉

    Nancy, I’d love to win a book! (Who wouldn’t?)

    Reading a real book is, for me, much more restorative and pleasurable than reading electronically. Unfortunately, our libraries closed over a month ago with only 2 hours’ notice, which has been much more difficult for me than closure of restaurants, etc. My husband and I both brought a lot of books to our marriage, so I’m dipping into his collection as well as revisiting some of ‘my’ favorites. Once I run through all of those I can return to Will and Ariel Durant’s The Story of Civilization (I’m on volume II right now but taking a break as the sheer weight is hard on my wrists!). That should keep me going through a couple of virus-triggered shut downs.

    My poetry collection is rather eclectic and has sustained me through some other really tough times. Recently I’ve found myself turning to it again and again, especially Wallace Stephens, Ranier Maria Rilke, TS Eliot and W.S. Merwin. For me, poetry is as healing as meditation (and a lot easier to find time/space for).

    Take care all.

    1. Thank you Julia. Your words meant a lot to me. Just wondering, have you considered a Kindle? Takes up no space, and holds a never ending supply of books. A whole library in your hands. I love mine.

  5. Hello!

    My book recommendations below focus on taking an active role in one’s healing. Less than nine months ago, I had Stage 3 breast cancer, and I knew that I needed to heal on more levels than just the physical. I embarked on a journey of immunotherapy, alternative medicine (Reiki and acupuncture) a radical diet change, supplements and spiritual and emotional healing. For me, it was empowering and necessary. I write more in my blog, Beyond Pink America. We don’t realize how much healing power is in what we eat (and what to avoid!)
    1. How to Starve Cancer Without Starving Yourself, by Jane McLelland
    2. Cancer Free with Food by Liana Lerner-Gray (easy read and one of my favorites!)
    3. How Not to Die by Michael Greger
    4. Radical Remission by Kelly A. Turner (she also has a new book out)
    5. Mind Over Medicine by Lisa Rankin

    P.S. All these authors are also on Instagram!

    1. Yes I’d agree with all those – but add my favorite – Sophie Sabbage and ‘The Cancer Whisperer’ – to me that is undoubtably the best most inspiring, sensitive, real, helpful book!

  6. Can’t see Sophie Sabbage’s book in the photos – The Cancer Whisperer: How to let cancer heal your life – I’ve given it to my doctor, friends and family – best book around! Here’s what it says on Amazon:

    Sophie Sabbage was diagnosed with late stage ‘incurable’ lung cancer in October 2014. She was 48 years old, happily married with a 4-year-old daughter. Since that day – when doctors told Sophie that her prognosis was poor – she has been on a remarkable journey of healing and transformation that has reshaped her vocation as well as changed her life for the better.

    The Cancer Whisperer chronicles Sophie’s extraordinary relationship with cancer and the methods that she has used for dealing with fear, anger, denial and grief. The essence of ‘cancer whispering’ was born of Sophie’s determination to take cancer off the battlefield and into the classroom. Instead of going to war with it, Sophie has chosen to listen to it, learn from it and choose her own response to it.

    Sophie offers a radically different way of relating to this disease both mentally and practically: she shares the research she has done, the treatments she has chosen, the diet she follows and the resources that she feels have made the biggest differences in the hope that they will help others cut through the mass of information out there.

    Sophie says: ‘This book is for the cancer patient who wants to remain a dignified, empowered human being even when your doctors and diagnosis are scaring the hell out of you. It is also for the cancer patient who has a hunch that there is something for them to learn, gain or even be transformed by – if they just knew how to relate to this disease differently to the way most of society does. It is for the cancer patient, perhaps any patient.’

    1. Thank you Philip! I will look into this wonderful book. I was just reading somewhere where cancer is the only disease where war terminology is used. It was on rephrasing our language. I also find it fascinating that when I post on Instagram, hashtags with the word “healing” are are in the lower numbers: i.e.: “healing breast cancer.” I was just speaking with a doctor friend of mine who shared that most physicans are trained in treating disease, not healing. It’s a different mindset. In my experience, you need both. Disease is a symptom. Have to get the root cause.

  7. Hi, Donna – How are you and your sister doing today?

    I appreciate your suggestion of the Kindle. Sadly, I’ve never really enjoyed reading on a device – Kindle or otherwise. I know many avid readers who do, however, and it would surely be handy!

    Take care of yourself, and thanks again for your thoughtfulness.

    1. Hi Julia, thank you for asking about my sister. She had a bit of a set back yesterday. She talks non stop of going home but I think it may be a while. Enjoy your reading however you prefer. It’s truly a lifesaver !

  8. I’ve always been a huge reader. We moved two weeks ago and as I unpack boxes, I find old treasures and add them to the pile near my bed. I also have a kindle and I’m re-reading there, too. It’s harder to write; some days it goes well and other days – like today – not one word (unless you count this comment!). I’ve heard from others than this is their reality, too, I haven’t come across it yet, but do you remember the book that was a book of poems about cancer? I won it through a giveaway you did and I love it! I hope I run across it in the next book.

    Stay well!

  9. Hi Nancy, I’ve read Braving Chemo and rate in 5 stars! It’s a wonderful resource, and I wish it were around at the time of my sister’s chemotherapy. I have a few other books on my list and have now added the ones you recommend. Thank you so much for offering the giveaway!

    1. Gogs, Thank you for the feedback on “Braving Chemo”. I am reading it now and find it to be a very helpful guide. Thank you for reading and for commenting too.

  10. Hi Nancy how are You? I am ok. My Mama 94, recently passed on 02-28-20. so I am grieving for her. Yes, I would like to win one of your great books, to distract for awhile…Looking out for my Dad (90). And we are blessed to have him here with us. I hope you & your Family are doing good. Considering this whole virus situation.
    Much Love, Janet Juarez
    ( I was diagnosed with Stage111C Inflammatory breast cancer in 2014 )

    1. Janet, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing that and thank you for participating in my giveaway. My family and I are doing well. Thank you for asking. Take care and again, I’m sorry.

  11. Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a great book, I have previously reviewed it in my blog. I have several piles of books to read. At the moment I am coming to the end of Where the Crawdads Sing which I am savouring because I don’t want it to end! X

    1. Julia, I’ll be sure to re-read your review. I look forward to reading the book soon. Also, I enjoyed “Where the Crawdads Sing, too, for the most part. Beautifully written. Thanks for stopping by and offering feedback. x

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