Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Survior's Guide to Kicking Cancer's Ass

by Dena Mendes

This book was sent to me by for my honest review.

I was completely drawn to this book because I love the proactive, assertive approach to illness. My father died of lung cancer and I was curious to know what other options he may have had.  For myself, I have noticed that people who are victorious over illness have a deep well of knowledge, wisdom, and spirituality.  I had the feeling this book would share some of that with me and I was not disappointed.
She freely offers links, resources, common sense, and soothing statements that I could not help but ear mark and underline in the first read.  There are places where Dena gives specific advice and natural remedies for radiation and chemotherapy.  She knows what she is talking about because both she and her husband went through cancer.  At the heart of this book is a sentiment on page seven that reads, "You will first need to turn inward to the silence of your soul."  There is no place of your life that Dena does not address.  Her prose is like that of a good friend who tells you like it is while empowering you to do the same.  She makes complex things simple and even more, made me want to do her suggestions.

This comprehensive book on radical self-care encompasses such topics as how to choose your doctor, self-care with cancer treatments and tests, natural remedies, detoxification, food and causes of inflammation, renewing your environment, and your emotional health.  Dena's section on saying no and speaking your truth hit me between the eyes when I read that difficulty taking a full deep breath in is a sign of an inability of speaking my truth.  WOW!  This was me!  This is not a cancer book - this is a how-to-live-life book.  I highly recommend it to those who want to take the driver's seat in regards to their health and well-being.  It's a definite manual for my shelf with all the website, food, and book suggestions.

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