This generous, courageous, and wise book offers a selfless glimpse behind the curtain of a journey with cancer, from shock to inner rebirth and the gradual discovery of light in the darkness. William Ward has written a personal account of his life following a fateful diagnosis of a brain tumor: gliablastoma multiforme Phase IV cancer. With no trace of self-pity and rising above sentimentality, he describes the landscape of his outer path through hospitals, surgeons, pain, powerful drugs, and the support of family, friends, and community. At the same time, with fearless honesty he invites the reader to accompany him on the inner path of inevitable regrets, self-examination, fears, and hopes in the face of a potentially terminal illness. Until it happens to us, we can never know for sure how we would respond as individuals to a catastrophic event in our lives, but by telling the most personal of all stories, William Ward shows us a way forward that goes well beyond our personal differences. With compassion and humor, Ward bears witness to the presence of living light in the darkest of human experiences, demonstrating how, if we face it, the Dark Night of the Soul necessarily leads to awaking in the light of a new dawn. Fierce hope shines through the final words of Traveling Light: As we part, here at the edge of Death Valley, I feel like an old prospector handing over a weather-stained chart. "You take this map, sonny. Where I'm goin' I won't be needin' it no more. But while you're here on the earthly plane, I want you to know there is water, the water of life, deep down, right here. Yonder, atop Solomon's knob, is the Mother Lode-pay dirt, pure gold, the sun's tears. The way up is steep. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Up on top you can see forever. Goodbye, God bless and good luck!"
Medical by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
Throughout history, perhaps no other disease has generated the level of social, scientific, and political discourse or has had the degree of cultural significance as cancer. A collective in the truest sense of the word, "cancer" is a clustering of different diseases that afflict individuals in different ways. Its burdens are equally broad and diverse, from the physical, financial, and psychological tolls it imposes on individuals to the costs it inflicts upon the nation's clinical care and public health systems, and despite decades of concerted efforts often referred to as the "war on cancer", those costs have only continued to grow over time. The causes and effects of cancer are complexâ€"in part preventable and treatable, but also in part unknown, and perhaps even unknowable. Guiding Cancer Control defines the key principles, attributes, methods, and tools needed to achieve the goal of implementing an effective national cancer control plan. This report describes the current structure of cancer control from a local to global scale, identifies necessary goals for the system, and formulates the path towards integrated disease control systems and a cancer-free future. This framework is a crucial step in establishing an effective, efficient, and accountable system for controlling cancer and other diseases.
"Teresa Kalvelage Matthews is a twenty-three year survivor of ovarian cancer and a twenty year survivor of breast cancer. These two unrelated cancer "adventures" gave her a passionate dedication to easing the journey for other men and women facing similar challenges. A writer with a degree in biology from U.C. Berkeley, she has worked in medical offices, as a hospice volunteer, and as a spiritual support volunteer. Her inspirational, hopeful, and practical tips provide a blueprint for people in treatment. Her insights into the patient's point of view have been used for professional training for hospice volunteers and social workers. She currently counsels newly diagnosed cancer patients."--Amazon.com.
A Gentle and Curious Path is a true story with openness, humor, adversity, natural history and wisdom. It's the author's way of reaching out to others who are diagnosed with cancer, their family and friends, and people who like true stories and wisdom. She shares her story of being enrolled in what felt like an intensive course in life and all that she learned. Early on she began putting together a toolbox with tools for fear, comfort, grief, worry, perseverance, forgiveness, and how not to get lost in transition from cancer patient to survivor. The book includes practical tips such as not to wear your wig near an oven or it may melt. Natural history photographs and stories from her many years as an environmental educator, and biology from her career as a science teacher are woven through the book. One story is about a ruby-throated hummingbird dealing with a funnel-shaped bee balm flower stuck on its bill. In A Gentle and Curious Path you'll find examples of turning lemons into lemonade again and again, and insights into emotional and spiritual aspects of a serious illness.
Key features include: Details the role of plants for the treatment and management of cancer and diabetes Discusses the role of phytocompounds as ligands for cancer and diabetic targets Reviews plants and the potential of phytochemicals as antidiabetic and anticancer drugs Explores the green biosynthesis of nanoparticles and their treatment efficiency
The author, a general practitioner and psychiatrist, uses her medical and psychological training as well as her strong interest in nutrition and herbal remedies to present a holistic approach to cancer survival. Suggests ways of living with the cancer cells which exist in all of us, using both orthodox medical and alternative treatments. Includes case studies, dietary advice and recipes, and bibliography and index.
In this engrossing and heart-tugging memoir, Dr. Irwin tells the story of his life: from gardening with his grandmother as a young child, though a tormented and dysfunctional upbringing to the trials and tribulations of self-funded educational pursuit, resulting in national prominence as a cancer surgeon.
What is or what does a gene mutation do? A gene mutation, i.e. the damage of a gene, leads to a gene expressing more, less or modified proteins. These altered proteins alter the behaviour of the cell. And this is how cancer is ultimately to develop: Changed proteins due to changes in the genes. But what would happen if these changes in the proteins were not caused by mutations in the genes, but by direct damage to the proteins? Then the result "cancer" would be the same, but otherwise everything would be different. And cancer could be curable. We cannot reverse a mutation, but we can reverse a mechanical process such as protein accumulation. At least we could considerably influence such a carcinogenesis. The proliferation-accumulation-tumour-hypothesis describes how this might be possible. According to PATH, cancer is not a mutation disease, but a protein accumulation disease. But a protein accumulation (protein oxidation / protein aggregation) in immortal stem cells. And a protein accumulation that affecting 400 protein types (mainly cell cycle proteins) and millions of protein copies simultaneously. A protein accumulation in which autophagocytosis in the G0 phase - as the most important proteolysis factor - is no longer sufficiently effective. PATH is based on the latest findings on the ubiquitin proteasome system, cyclins (in particular Cyclin-D-CDK4,6) and autophagy (according to Ohsumi's findings) and their role in the development of tumours. And PATH also shows why certain forms of treatment and substances (e.g. acetylsalicylic acid [aspirin], metformin, 2-deoxy-2-glucose, methadone, terfenadine, etc.) have a certain effect in studies. And how cancer could possibly be hindered in its development to such an extent that a lethal effect is omitted. For example, PATH also explains better why a person has a 50% chance of developing cancer or at least a 25% chance of dying from it. The most important basis for the development of PATH was the rigorous detachment from the cancer multimutation principle, which has not been effective to date, and the exclusive reorientation towards the most probable and logical facts and conclusions. And the realization: „What is the cause of death for at least 25% of all people cannot be something that has to be caused by a rare, undirected coincidence (mutation).“
The Harrowing Medical Journey of a Cancer Survivor is the story of one woman’s courageous and, at times page-turning, story coping with a severe illness that lasted more than a decade. It began with a diagnosis of low-grade bladder cancer and ended with the removal and/or reconstruction of vital organs. Although the story is specific to bladder cancer and its aftermath, it covers aspects inherent in any serious, and sometimes life-threatening, illness. Typical emotions experienced during such a frightening illness are discussed: anger, hope, depression, fear, anxiety, and, yes, even pleasure and satisfaction. Successful (and not so successful) ways of coping with these difficult emotions are also discussed, covering such aspects as cancer groups and psychotherapy, the support of family and close friends, and assertiveness with “bossy” medical personnel. There are over seventy-three thousand cases of bladder cancer a year in the United States. In some cases, simple surgery to remove the tumors will be the only treatment. In other cases, the bladder may be removed and a new one reconstructed from a section of large intestine. In still other cases, as in the author’s, the bladder cancer can metastasize, or spread, to other organs. About 5 percent of people in the United States with bladder cancer will die from it. The good news is that less people are dying from it each year. Although The Harrowing Medical Journey of a Cancer Survivor is a story about the treatment and, finally, cure or bladder cancer, it should be helpful to anyone living through a difficult, possibly life-threatening, illness. Topics are covered that apply to anyone going through such an illness—topics such as undergoing major surgery; choosing the great (as well as the inadequate) doctors and surgeons; finances; staying fit; nutrition; the anxious wait for reports (like CT scans and biopsies); chemotherapy; the dread of inevitable treatments, like dialysis; and transplants. In addition, and because the author is a novelist, this story is often gripping and non-put-downable.
Chemotherapy is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the American public. This statement must reach the public consciousness. The Big Pharma-FDA complex must be exposed as a cartel colluding, not on curing cancer, but on generating profits. Does chemotherapy work? Maybe, sometimes, with some specific cancers. But very often, it does not work. The “best weapon” used in the “war on cancer” traces its genesis to mustard gas. The cancer may die, but the collateral damage is the patient’s life. Approximately 600,000 Americans die each year ostensibly from “cancer”—but are they actually dying from treatment? A very provocative question. Bill Henderson interviews Margaret Bermel about her new book called “The Cancer Odyssey.” Bill says, "I really enjoyed your book. If everyone would read it BEFORE they get the cancer diagnosis (and go into "fear orbit"), the millions of unnecessary "cancer" deaths would end." Here is a direct link where you can listen to it or download it (plain mp3 audio file). http://webtalkradio.net/?s=bill+henderson&task=search How to Live Cancer Free – “The Cancer Odyssey” by Margaret Bermel
Biography & Autobiography by Michelle Joyce; Corey Joyce
This is a fascinating and instructive look at a father and daughter's relationship and the emotional strategies the family used while confronting a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The story is told through edited entries from a journal maintained by the father, poetry written by the daughter, and discussions of how to manage a family while confronting the uncertainty created by breast cancer.
I am a six-year breast cancer survivor. I am very happy about this fact, because I was given an opportunity to write about that experience. This is a chronological and personal testimony of my fight against this devastating disease. This book strives to encourage and invite readers, whether in perfect health or stricken by illness, to trust God in all situations. My journey with breast cancer was a test of my faith in God. Through my own struggle, I remind readers that life is going to be filled with difficult and sometimes life-changing situations when our faith is tested. At these crucial times, it is our test to decide how we will respond. Find out how I responded, and then get ready to be introduced or re-introduced to someone who cares about every situation you will encounter.
Sacred Path of Reikicombines traditional Reiki techniques with chakra healing, the magical arts, and the author’s own spiritual and clairvoyant experiences. The result of this unique mix of visionary work and focused discipline is an amazing new way to practice Reiki, a holistic spiritual approach Katalin Koda calls the Reiki Warrior path, detailed in the unique Reiki book Sacred Path of Reiki. The way of the warrior has long been used by indigenous cultures to cultivate discipline and responsibility. By fusing this age-old tradition with a modern healing art and the story of her own journey, Koda offers a powerful, one-of-a-kind approach to help Reiki practitioners come into their own as skilled, compassionate, and well-balanced healers. This unique book on Reiki presents sound theories and original practices that demonstrate how to develop Reiki into an integrated healing system and transcendent spiritual path. Sacred Path of Reiki will appeal to both Reiki students and teachers.