"I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it's an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I've learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them"
~Sash Azevedo (American Actor, Athlete and Model)
This quote sums up how cancer has changed my life, for the good. Below you will find listings of books and web sites that I read during my battle with cancer. These books helped strengthen my walk with God, offered me clear advice on what I can do to defeat cancer, and provided me with inspiration to help through the times of doubts.
Below are two incredible books (both by Lance Armstrong) that I've recently read. Armstrong really hit home with his emotional story of surviving odds; which I whole-heartedly related to. These are the first books I came across that I could relate to because he was the same age as I was when diagnosed, we both had the odds stacked against us, and we're both as stubborn as you know what! I read both of them in a weekend...that's how good they are!
1. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
2. Every Second Counts
American Cancer Association website
Lance Armstrong Foundation website
go to take control, then stories to read MANY survivor stories!
Peace, Love, and Healing by Bernie S Siegel, M.D.
This is a great, uplifting book about the mind and body connection. It focuses on having a positive attitude and how the "deal" with negative thinking professionals. There are MANY wonderful stories of survivors who used a positive outlook to overcome great odds.
The Holy Bible became my lifeline as I dealt with the emotional and physical pain of my disease. For every question I had, I could find an answer. Click here for my inspirational Bible readings.
Healed of Cancer by Dodie Osteen
This author was given the death sentence when diagnosed with metastatic cancer of the liver. Instead of going home to wallow is self-pity, she turned to God and has been cancer free for over 20 years!
I received this packet of quotes by Audrey Jeanne Roberts. While in the hospital (and even today) I take a few minutes to read several when I need a little sunshine.
Cancer 50 Essential Things to Do by Greg Anderson
A definite must for cancer patients. Greg Anderson reminds the reader that YOU are in charge of your body. Greg Anderson goes chapter by chapter on what you can do to successfully defeat your cancer.
I received this poem through an email and it reminded me of what was truly important in life.
Hope Through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek
This beautiful collection of poems reminds us that we each need hope in our lives.
"Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope." ~anonymous
A Reason for Hope by Michael S. Barry
Written by a chaplain who worked in the well known Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Michael S. Barry uses medical facts as well as Spiritual principles to offer the reader encouragement. "...helps you replace fear with hope, determination, and direction" ~Harold G. Loenig, MD. This book is my "second Bible" as it pulled wonderful, healing verses that reminded me there is always hope.
Surviving Cancer by Dee Simmons
This book offers another brilliant insight on becoming proactive during your fight with cancer.
The Healing Power of Prayer by Chester L Tolson and Harold G. Koenig
An interesting read on the connection of prayer and healing. It offers scientific evidence to support the intense relationship between the prayer and the body's healing.