The Scars, Aligned (A Cancer Narrative)
The Scars, Aligned (A Cancer Narrative) by Brad Buchanan
Finishing Line Press, 2019, Paperback 93 pages
The Scars, Aligned follows the author's journey through the many phases of a cancer patient’s experience and interweaves lines of famous poetry. He covers feelings of uncertainty, paranoia, diagnosis, acceptance, expectancy, crisis, treatment, and finally recovery. The narrative working through these poems is a powerful and universal one, but the details of an intensely lived physical and emotional ordeal make this book far more than a mere succession of unfortunate events.
Consider It Pure Joy
Consider It Pure Joy by Jennifer Jones Austin
Published by The Church Online LLC, February 2018, Paperback, 217 pages (also available as e-book)
Author Jennifer Jones Austin - wife, mother, lawyer, child advocate and the picture of good health - finds herself with an acute form of leukemia that requires a bone marrow transplant to increase her chances of survival. The story recounts how Jennifer, her family and friends, are in a race against time as she fights cancer and searches for a bone marrow donor to cure her and others of the deadly disease. With scripture and bible verses, Jennifer describes how her power of faith, and her power of community, help to transform desperation into joy.
Home Before Dark: A Family Portrait of Cancer and Healing
Home Before Dark: A Family Portrait of Cancer and Healing By David Treadway, Kate Treadway, Michael Treadway, Sam Treadway
Union Square Press, 2010, 243 Pages
ISBN-10: 140276071X ISBN-13: 978-1402760716
Moving, heartbreaking, morbidly wry and ultimately uplifting, this book captures the everyday struggles of living with and loving someone fighting for his life when as a successful psychologist, writer, husband, and father of two adult sons - was diagnosed with stage 4, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and given a 25 percent chance of survival. In the blink of an eye, his world shattered. Faced with the news, his family all had to cope with their own, unique challenges. Here, in beautifully crafted alternating chapters, all four family members tell the story of their first year with cancer, avoiding platitudes and easy answers in favor of the raw honesty of a family coping with disease.
Perseverance: True Voices of Cancer Survivors
Perseverance: True Voices of Cancer Survivors by Carolyn Rubenstein
Tom Doherty Associates, 2009, 382 pages
Can you imagine being in high school or college and suddenly learning you have cancer? You thought you had a lifetime ahead of you and the whole world at your feet, but suddenly you?re told? maybe not. How would you cope? That?s the question the twenty young people in this book had to answer when they were diagnosed with childhood cancer. Perseverance shares life lessons learned through their stories and educates the reader on how to incorporate them into his/her life. It tells of their trials and tribulations, of their triumphs, and of the unique challenges that day-to-day life brings them. Perseverance also provides an intimate look at the lives and journeys of these young people and how their courage and strength have affected the lives of others.
Author's website: http://carolynrubenstein.com/
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal By Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
Berkeley Publishing Group, 1997, 368 pages
From her experience as a physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist and a long-term survivor of chronic illness, Dr. Remen offers an intimate relationship with healing and the life force. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. Loneliness, the hidden wound of our time, is the price many have paid for overemphasizing the values of independence, self-reliance and competence. Remen's parables are an invitation to see below the surface and remember that we are connected and can become one another's healers.
Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul: 101 Healing Stories About Those Who Have Survived Cancer
Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul: 101 Healing Stories About Those Who Have Survived Cancer By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubrey, Nancy Mitchell, R.N., Beverly Kirkhart
Health Communications, Inc., 1996, 341 pages
More than 100 cancer survivors share their personal stories in this touching new collection of Chicken Soup. These heartwarming accounts of courageous people who found the power to battle cancer in their endless hope, unwavering faith and steadfast determination will inspire you to adopt a positive attitude, discover your faith and cherish every moment. Just what the doctor ordered for healing your body, mind and soul.