Here is a list of books that have helped me throughout this
If you have some to add please E-mail me.
Making Miracles Happen - Gregory White Smith - Pulitzer prize winning author writes about his brain tumor diagnosis of 3 months to live... and that was 15 years ago! Good info on how to find the best doctors and treatments.
Brain Tumors - Leaving the Garden of Eden - Paul Zeltzer - A survival guide to diagnosis, learning the basics, getting organized and finding your medical team
The Blue Pearls Elizabeth Stuart Warfel -- beautifully
illustrated children's book
Cancer Survivor's Nutrition
and Health Guide Gene Spiller
and Bonnie Bruce
The Immune System Cure
and Patrick Bouic
It's Not About the Bike
(My Journey Back to Life) Lance
Every Minute Counts Lance
Because Cowards Get Cancer
Too (A Hypochondriac Confronts His Nemesis) John Diamond
Love, Medicine and Miracles Bernie S. Seigal M.D.
The Measure of our Days:
A Spiritual Exploration of Illness Jerome Groopman, M.D
It's Always Something Gilda Radner
Tuesdays With Morrie Mitch Albom
Spontaneous Healing Andrew Weil
Cancer... There's Hope Richard and Annette Bloch
Fighting Cancer Richard and Annette Bloch *
Guide for Cancer Supporters Richard and Annette Bloch *
These 3 books available free to cancer patients. Call 1-800-4-CANCER
or printed from their website: www.blochcancer.org/
by Shakti Gawain
Life is a Rollercoaster Mary Lowe
You Can't Afford the Luxury
of a Negative Thought John-
Roger and Peter McWilliams
God Said HA! Julia Sweeney also a video
and a CD, see below and Chapter 6
When You Can't Come Back Dave and Jan Dravecky
Gift From The Sea Anne Morrow Lindbergh
God Said HA! (one woman comedy performance by Julia
Sweeney. A hilarious, true and touching account of this former
Saturday Night Live performer's experience when her parents come
to live with her while she cares for her brother who is battling
lymphoma. During this time she discovers that she too has cancer.
A very healing performance to watch because you will laugh through
the whole thing. She also happens to be a local -- having been
raised in Spokane.) TWO THUMBS UP, WAY UP!
The cure for anything is salt water... sweat, tears, or
Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.
I have good days and I have great days!
Every challenge holds a gift in its hand.
Write on your heart that every day is the best day in the
Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things
we do not see.
Learning to trust, no matter what life turns out to be,
is a great discovery.
Satisfaction comes from giving up wishing we were doing
something else-or being somewhere else.
There is a spirit guiding us, in ways we often don't understand
and don't need to understand.
Sue Bender, Plain and Simple Journal
Preparing for Surgery
I had three weeks before the needle biopsy. It would be a
stereotactic needle biopsy. I would travel to Spokane to have
this surgery. My husband and I had done research and found that
this type of biopsy is very accurate, site specific, and computer
guided. It is not available locally where I live.
During the time that I had to prepare, I worked and tried
to concentrate but it was very difficult. I tried to focus on
getting strong for the surgery and took vitamins, some natural
supplements from the health food store that were supposed to
boost the immune system, and practiced visualization.
I talked with a minister and friend and tried to prepare myself
both physically and mentally. Because I did these things and
had some time to prepare for the procedure, I had a sense of
peace and readiness for the procedure after all the waiting.
When I first thought of the details of the biopsy I was very
scared. Thinking about a hole being put in my skull and brain
tissue being pulled out a needle was very frightening.
I spent an afternoon talking with a minister that I consider
a friend and have lots of respect for. We sat outside and he
listened to my worries about dying. He told me to try to trust
god. Not to ask or expect for each step to be the way you imagine,
but to trust in god that it will ultimately be okay.
I decided I couldn't change what was about to happen so I
might as well enjoy meeting all the nice people and try to make
them feel good. I made a conscious choice to do this. It also
helped me to think of being brave for my husband, parents and
With this sense of peace the rest was easy. I had a great
dinner the night before the surgery, had a glass of wine to help
me sleep, and actually slept through the night. We had to be
at the hospital by 5:30am. My husband was able to stay with me
until right before the surgery. I was introduced to all the operating
staff and even laughed and joked with them.
The first memory I have after surgery was waking up shaking
and feeling very cold. A man asked if I was cold and then put
a warm air-filled blanket over me. He said this was a common
reaction to anesthesia wearing off. I asked if I had gone to
surgery yet and he said that everything had gone well. I felt
I stayed two nights in the hospital and met many incredible
nurses and hospital staff. My recovery was better than expected
and I know that much of this had to do with my attitude. I had
some pain with a collapsed I.V. but was so happy to be forming
thoughts and talking that I didn't mind.
The biopsy confirmed that I had a malignant astrocytoma grade