By the book

41FUWq26ChL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_Yesterday I met with a neat woman who recently found out she had Stage IV breast cancer, when initially they told her it was Stage II. Despite this shock and some side effects from chemo, she appeared to be in great spirits. 

I learned we have lots in common, including a love of books, coming from Jewish heritage, and a belief in the mind-body-spirit connection. I shared a list of things that has helped me along the way, and it occurred to me that  I should share some of it in this blog. I’ll start today with books I’ve found helpful (since my new friend used to be a book columnist):

  • Love, Medicine and Miracles by Bernie Siegel MD – Bernie is the granddaddy of the body-mind-spirit connection in regards to cancer. This is his first book and a New York Times best-seller.
  • It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong – Lance’s Tour d’ France wins and accomplishments of his foundation seem even more amazing after reading about his grueling journey to beat advanced cancer.
  • The Hell I Can’t by Terry McBride – After an E-coli infection ravaged his body, Terry was told he would never walk again. He showed them all by putting together a regimented spiritual practice that transformed him back to perfect health.
  • Hope, Faith and Charlie by Deirdre Carey – Charlie was just six months old when they discovered he had a rare form of brain and spine cancer. His mother Deirdre, who also shares the story in my book, shows how a little boy’s perseverance saved his life and empowered his family.
  • Anti Cancer: A  New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, Phd: The author, a brain cancer survivor, intermixes his own cancer experience with evidence and advice on how we can fight cancer by building our immune system with nutrition, exercise and emotional health.
  • Cancer: Fifty Essential Things You Should Do by Greg Anderson -After being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and given 30 days to live, he found and interviewed more than 15,000 survivors who were “supposed to die.” He compiled what he found into this book and, by the way, is still alive and well 25 years later.

Any books you think should be added to the list?  I’d love to share it.


  1. Rachel Pappas
    Oct 17, 2013

    That’s great, Tami. You are reaching deep – I look forward to hearing more details of your new book., Keep on going girl!

  2. tamilb
    Sep 16, 2009

    This came through my contact page:

    I just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for your message of hope for all cancer survivors. I am the founder of Libby’s H*O*P*E* (*Helping *Ovarian Cancer Survivors *Persevere Through *Education), a website that is dedicated to my 26 yr. old cousin, Elizabeth “Libby” Remick, who died from ovarian cancer in July 2008. In fact, the very first Libby’s H*O*P*E* post was entitled “There’s always hope, just ask Sean Swarner.” Sean story is one of courage, dogged perseverance, and most importantly, hope.

    I too firmly believe that no doctor should extinguish hope as part of a cancer diagnosis. Your book will bring hope to all cancer patients who need some inspiration to continue their fight. Although Libby ultimately lost her battle, I want to thank you on her behalf for this critical piece of writing. Everyone at Libby’s H*O*P*E*wishes you great success throughout this important endeavor.

    Best Regards,

    Paul Cacciatore
    Founder, Libby’s H*O*P*E*


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