According to the Cancer Council, 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Similar figures are reported for the USA and UK. Inevitably everyone in these countries will be impacted by their own cancer diagnosis or that of a family member or friend. This is a unique book that provides both inspiration and proven strategies to help cancer patients, their carers and family members to navigate the emotionally devastating and physically challenging trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Author Jo Spicer has survived her own battle with cancer and realised the need for newly diagnosed patients and their support team to get a true understanding of what they were facing. By reading these stories about other people who have been on a similar journey and learning what they did to not only survive but thrive, patients and loved ones can find hope as well as practical information on how they too can survive and thrive. Survive and Thrive! How Cancer Saves Lives brings you motivational stories from survivors of different types of cancer including breast, lung, prostate, cervical and blood cancers. Aged from 3 to 76, their journeys offer hope and guidance to anyone facing life’s difficult challenges. You will discover: - Practical tips for turning physical and emotional issues into positive opportunities- How to make informed decisions on your own treatment and care - First-hand insights and strategies you can put into action- How to apply this information to any battle with adversity, and much, much more!
“Jo has captured the essence and character of the people in this book beautifully. So much so that I feel like I sat around the kitchen table with them, fully involved in the discussions about their personal struggles with cancer. I am humbled by their generosity. Most experienced intense suffering, fear and seemingly insurmountable odds. Regardless or perhaps because of this, all exemplify how, in our darkest times, the human spirit can mobilize strength, determination, courage, hope and wisdom. While the individuals may not see this themselves, I believe they are incredible human beings who remind me of the dignity and preciousness of life.” Dr Sue Leicester, Clinical Psychologist
“Jo Spicer’s collection of inspirational stories of people who have had cancer should be compulsory reading for all health professionals who have any involvement in the care of people with cancer. Carefully balancing the harsh realities and the humour of cancer sufferers, Jo Spicer provides a window into the world of people who are facing a major threat to their lives. This book will contribute to better outcomes and a more holistic approach to cancer treatment. In addition to the many amazing stories, the book contains wonderful practical advice for cancer patients, families, and support persons. I salute the heroes of Survive and Thrive and thank Jo Spicer for her skill and dedication in bringing these stories to us.” - Dr Mark Bassett, Executive Director of Medical Services & Clinical Governance, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, NSW Health