Enjoy a quick inspiring read while the summer is still here

These book suggestions come to you by way of Linda Oken, Jeanne Egan, and LBBC staff:

Are you lolling about having a relaxing summer vacation?  Isn’t this the time of long bright days when we get to do some extra reading?   Here are a few suggestions of books about inspiring people who, just like me and you, are living beyond cancer.  

Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor’s Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins by the doctor who founded LBBC, Marisa Weiss, and  Ellen Weiss.

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, a classic comprehensive guide.

Just Get Me Through This!: The Practical Guide to Breast Cancer by Deborah A. Cohen and Robert M. Gelfand.  This read will make you feel like you’ve found someone who can relate to your journey with cancer.

It’s Always Something by Gilda Radner.  Funny, touching, heartbreaking autobiography.

Hamilton Jordan’s There is No Such Thing as a Bad Day — Jordan had cancer three times in twenty years and led a fascinating life.  His story helped me realize that I too could beat this disease, but there is no guarantee it will be forever. 

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Linda Oken is a regular LBBC blogger and volunteer.

Lance Armstrong’s It‘s Not about the Bike and Kelly Corrigan’s “The Middle Place”  

“B.O.O.B.S.: A Bunch of Outrageous Breast cancer Survivors Tell Their Stories of Courage, Hope and Healing” — The book is a collection of stories from ten women diagnosed with breast cancer.  Each woman tells her own story in her own words from diagnosis to present.  A true comfort when you’re going through treatment.  You’ll feel less alone.

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Jeanne Egan enjoys writing and taking care of her children while she shares her experiences with her breast cancer journey on her ‘Sisterhood and Survival’ blog.

A Survivor’s Guide for the Breast Cancer Journey by Kim Regenhard — An organizer and handbook for the newly diagnosed is a beautifully-crafted manual to help the newly diagnosed understand, organize, plan, and record their journey from cancer diagnosis to recovery.

The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler — a firsthand account about his personal way of coping with his 2008 diagnosis of bone cancer. The book explores how he prepared for the possibility that his children could grow up without him. At the 4th Annual Conference for Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, Feiler encouraged women to embrace the idea of forming a “council of moms.”

The Good Fight and Through Rose Colored Glasses by Donna Deegan capture her journey with breast cancer. She is optimistic that breast cancer is a disease that cannot and will not take over your life.

Have you read any of these books? Tell LBBC how your perspective changed after exploring these inspiring novels. You can send a short blurb to stacia@lbbc.org or comment on our facebook page.

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