#CancerBookClub Replays

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Not In The Pink by Tina Martel

From Amazon:

“When visual artist Tina Martel was diagnosed with Stage Two breast cancer she decided to document everything. Throughout her treatment she created a stream of sketchbooks, photographs, paintings and video, in response to and frequently in spite of what was happening to her. 

Not in the Pink is a “graphic narrative” of the pain, frustration and frequent hilarity of her day-to-day dealing with the eccentricities and bureaucracy of the medical system. It is also a candid and moving exploration of the expectations often placed on you once you are diagnosed with cancer: by the people around you, by society and ultimately by yourself. 

This video is in several segments due to the rich visual content involved.  Available shortly (If YouTube will cooperate!)   Meanwhile, here is the audio recording: 

Part I

Part V

 

Warrior Pose by Brad Willis aka Bhava Ram

Bhava Ram’s TED talk:

“Warrior Pose is Indiana jones merged withGautama Buddha…a miraculous affirmation of the power of self-healing, a war story, a love story, and a spiritual journey epic proportion. It is your story, my story, the human story.”  -Dr. Emmett Miller, Pioneer of Mind-Body Medicine

 

#CancerBookClub Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017

screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-2-53-17-pmDying To Do Letterman: Turning Someday Into Today by Steve Mazan 

Please pardon the format of this!  We had some technical difficulties with this session.  

From Amazon: 

Steve Mazan’s someday was to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman. In his early thirties Steve was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer that spread to his liver. Doctors told him he might have only five years left to live. So Steve did something strange: he started living. In a literal race against time, he decided to chase that childhood dream and turn someday into today―he would perform his act live on The Late Show with David Letterman . . . even if it killed him.
With his confidence in a rut and his healthcare bills mounting, Steve finds himself filing for bankruptcy, receiving rejection after rejection, battling death, and questioning his dream. 

Short on time?  Steve’s award winning film, Dying To Do Letterman, is also available  on Amazon for  $3.99.

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#CancerBookClub Date: Sunday, December 18

 

Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber MD, PhD

From Amazon:

The revolutionary New York Times bestseller about powerful lifestyle changes that can fight and prevent cancer—an integrative approach based on the latest research

An international phenomenon, Anticancer has been a long-running bestseller in the U.S. since Viking first published it in fall 2008. Now, this updated edition draws on the most recent clinical studies and offers more tips on how people living with cancer can fight it and how healthy people can prevent it. 

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#CancerBookClub Date: November 18, 2016

 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Klanithi

From Amazon:

“What makes a life worth living?

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.”

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#CancerBookClub Date: August 24, 2016

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From Both Ends of the Stethoscope by Kathleen Thompson, MD

From Amazon:

WINNER OF WORDS FOR THE WOUNDED BOOK AWARD 2016 – FIRST PLACE
Whilst dealing with her own breast cancer, Dr Kathleen Thompson recognised the desperate need for a ‘going through breast cancer’ guide. Her experiences make a fascinating story in themselves, and Kathleen uses them to guide the reader through diagnostic tests and treatment options, what to do when things go wrong, and when mistakes are made. All the while she explains what is happening and why.
Recognising that anyone encountering cancer is in a state of shock, she delivers factual information intermingled with her own story, in an easily-digestible, and often amusing format. Each chapter ends with further information sources and a summary.
Kathleen looks back on her cancer journey with honesty, humour and compassion, and with the benefit of her medical understanding and knowledge of the system.  
Later in the book she also explains medical research and how to assess the credibility of the numerous cancer treatment claims, and what we can all do to protect ourselves from cancer.

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#CancerBookClub Date: September 18, 2016


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Lucky Dog: How Being A Veterinarian Saved My Life by Sarah Boston

From Amazon:

Lucky Dog is a hilarious and heartwarming memoir by a renowned veterinary oncologist who tells us what we can learn about health care and ourselves from our most beloved pets.

What happens when a veterinary surgical oncologist (laymen’s term: cancer surgery doctor) thinks she has cancer herself? Enter Sarah Boston: a vet who suspects a suspicious growth in her neck is thyroid cancer. From the moment she uses her husband’s portable ultrasound machine to investigate her lump — he’s a vet, too — it’s clear this will not be your typical cancer memoir.

She takes us on a hysterical and thought-provoking journey through the human health care system from the perspective of an animal doctor. Weaving funny and poignant stories of dogs she’s treated along the way, this is an insightful memoir about what the human medical world can learn from the way we treat our canine counterparts. Lucky Dog teaches us to trust our instincts, be our own advocates, and laugh while we’re doing it.

 

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