I will tell you my story in twenty-six segments, each short enough to read at one sitting (or during one relaxing bath). If you want to explore some of the resources I did, I have listed them at the end of each pertinent chapter. Some of the books I read after I was into my own healing program, but I included them because they confirmed my more intuitive approach, while adding new ideas of their own. Many of them have recipes to tempt you to begin your own healing journey.
Gilda’s Disease Sharing Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer by M. Steven Piver MD with Gene Wilder (Prometheus Books, 1996). If you want to know the medical side before you consider alternative therapies, read this straightforward but horrifying account, replete with statistics and medical jargon.
It’s Always Something by Gilda Radner (Avon Books, 1989). This book was too depressing to read when I first discovered my cancer, so I saved it until I was well on the way to recovery. It was still depressing then, not because Gilda died, but because she was so trusting in traditional medicine, and so non-assertive when it came to her own body. She died 31 months post diagnosis.
Nutrition: The Cancer Answer II by Maureen Kennedy Salaman (Stratford Publishing, 1996). I found Maureen’s approach quite uplifting and refreshing, with a good chapter on nutraceuticals and lots of recipes.
Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book by Richard Walters (Avery Publishing Group, Inc., 1993). Overview of the more common alternative therapies, most of which have nutrition as a basis for building good health.
Reclaiming Our Health Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing by John Robbins (HJ Kramer, 1996). A good introduction to natural healing, examining several topics in depth such as midwifery, attention deficit disorder, and cancer. Particularly good chapter on radiation and chemotherapy.
Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Enhance Your Body’s Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself by Andrew Weil MD (Fawcett Columbine, 1995). Dr. Weil’s approach is direct and straightforward, and includes many case histories of successful "spontaneous" healings (which often involve much hard work!).
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Table of Contents
Introduction. What it means to live without cancer, with pointers for reading this book – a personal journey of natural, holistic healing.
3. Cancer Support Groups
4. Death & Dying
5. Eating, Cooking, & Diet
6. Family & Friends
10. Jokes & Humor
11. Kissing & Hugging
12. Loving & Living
14. Nutraceuticals & Supplements
18. Rest, Relaxation, & Sleep
21. Unpaid & Paid Help
23. Walking and Water
24. X-Rays, Blood Tests, & Doctors
25. Your Quality of Life