Some books and quotations for cancer patients and their families

Obviously, no one can truly understand the feelings of cancer patients more than the patients themselves. However, other people, including cancer patients and survivors, could help them in thinking better and living the life to its fullest by inspiring them and by bringing some smile on their faces. Here are some of the books and quotations from those books that could be of some help to those patients and their families:

Cancer As a Turning Point: A Handbook for People with Cancer, Their Families, and Health Professionals, by Lawrence LeShan

“unfair—whether you live or die bears no relationship to what kind of person”

To Begin Again: The Journey Toward Comfort, Strength, and Faith in Difficult Times, by Naomi Levy

“We are never alone in our suffering. Scratch the surface of any family, any social gathering, any congregation, and you will find loss and pain there. We may not always be privy to the pain, but it is there just the same. If we had the power to peer inside the heart of any human being, we would uncover there a silent anguish.”

A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last, by Stephen Levine

“Practice daily forgiveness and gratitude meditations in relationship to both pleasant and unpleasant memories. Listen to your life song among the insights that hum through the mind.”

“I have never lived a life so much larger than death. (93)”

“Open yourself to discomfort. Meet it with mercy, not fear. Recognize that when our pain most calls for our embrace, we are often the least present. Soften, enter, and explore, and continue softening to make room for your life.”

Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment, by Dr. Keith Block

“A key step toward revitalization is to develop a positive future projection for yourself. Start by writing down your immediate and long-term goals. How would you like to see yourself one year, three years, and five years from now? Write a brief description of these images, using visual details and sounds, identifying the people around you, the focus of your time, and how you will evaluate whether you’ve reached your personal goals.”

Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Naomi Remen

“Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed.”

“Most of the things that give life its depth, meaning, and value are impervious to science.”

“After all these years of listening it seems to me that the essential quality of the human soul is uniqueness. Each of us is one of a kind. None of us has existed in the history of the human race before.”

Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing, by Anita Moorjani

“I can’t say this strongly enough, but our feelings about ourselves are actually the most important barometer for determining the condition of our lives!”

“Everything that seemingly happens externally is occurring in order to trigger something within us, to expand us and take us back to who we truly are.”

“The games we have the ability to play in our minds amaze me.”

The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.”

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”

When Breathe Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

“You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”

“Any major illness transforms a patient’s—really, an entire family’s—life.”

“We shall rise insensibly, and reach the tops of the everlasting hills, where the winds are cool and the sight is glorious.”

If you know some other good books, you can tell us in the comments…

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