For anyone facing cancer themselves or the diagnosis of someone close to them, finding a community to lean on can be life changing. Friends, family and support groups can all help fill this need, but there’s another way, as well. Cancer memoirs, written by those who have been on the journey, can illuminate your own in unexpected, and often moving, ways. Whether you’re looking for someone to tell you the cold hard facts, or read a story to lift your spirits, it’s out there.
Here 6 remarkable cancer memoirs, each different in tone and story, and each uniquely able to teach, comfort and guide.
‘Not One of These Poems Is About You’: Teva Harrison
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☆REVIEW☆ (#freebook | @houseofanansi ) • Not One Of These Poems is About You By Teva Harrison Available January 7th! • Thoughts~ My heart is heavy after reading this. And yet I am so appreciative and enamored by her grace and honesty in these poems. Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at age 37 she goes deep, opening up her heart for all to see. Sharing her innermost thoughts and fears. Her journey through her diagnosis and treatments and the way cancer has changed who she is. A devastatingly beautiful, heartbreaking read. I feel like no words I write will do this book justice. Her bravery and honesty is profound and complex. Thank You Teva for gifting this book to the world. A comfort for thoes who walk in your shoes and an insightful look inside this terrifying diagnosis for the rest of us. Sadly Teva Harrison passed away in April of this year. Her words and work will live on and continue to inspire. This collection is out in January. Highly reccomend checking it out. • Thank You to @houseofanansi for sending me this. ♡ . . [#bookalongreview] . . #notoneofthesepoemsisaboutyou #tevaharrison #poetry #canlit #canadareads #readthenorth #canadianauthor #poetrysunday #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblogger #bookblog #bookdragon #bookphoto #allthebooks #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #bookcommunity #booksbooksbooks #booksandplants #booksandbeans #mustread #amreading #vscobooks #vscoreads #bookasthetic #2019reads
In this posthumous book of essays, Teva Harrison shares her metastatic breast cancer journey. A follow up to Harrison’s “In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer,” it dives deep into what it means to have cancer, the impact it has on her life, and how the disease has progressed. A look at her femininity, health and the great love of her life, it’s an honest and raw read.
‘TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer’
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This cumulative work from 37 women who survived a variety of cancers shines a light on so many remarkable stories. Edited by cancer survivor Marquina Iliev-Piselli, “TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer” brings the reader along as these women follow creative pursuits from stand-up comedy to air guitar.
‘Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer’: Susan Gubar
In 2008, Susan Gubar’s life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her memoir dives into the aftereffects and coping with what she describes as her body’s betrayal. She leans on her husband, children and friends while seeking a community through books and testimonies of those who had also faced cancer. In writing this book, she helps others find the community and support that is so critically needed while facing a cancer diagnosis.
“The Middle Place”: Kelly Corrigan
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I had read Kelly Corrigan’s ‘Glitter and Glue’ a while ago and I know she has a new one out but I figured I’d had start with ‘The Middle Place’ given it’s one I hear friends rave about. And I can see why. She’s not only a great writer but an astute student, and observer, of this season of life that many of us find ourselves in: raising little ones while also still enjoying one’s role as a daughter of parents. But as in all seasons of life, these seasons are in constant flux, and when she receives a breast cancer diagnosis around the same time as her father receives one for bladder cancer, she goes back and forth between the role of daughter and mother daily, sometimes hourly. It’s a tender read, I loved how she has alternates chapters for her childhood and present tense. Reminding us of how life isn’t either/or but continues in the both/and, particularly when we are in that ‘middle place’. ????????✨ #livingbythepage
When Kelly Corrigan was 36, she had a happy marriage, two great kids and a weekly newspaper column. But when she discovered a lump in her breast just as her father discovers he has late-stage cancer, she finds herself in what she calls the Middle Place, “that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap.”
“Don’t Stop Believin'”: Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John, who has stage 4 breast cancer — her third bout with the disease — and who says she recently received encouraging results from her last MRI, has been incredibly open and uplifting throughout her journey. “I’ve adjusted to living with cancer, which I’m very lucky to say I’m able to do,” Newton-John told SurvivorNet in a previous conversation. Her memoir gives fans and supporters the story of her life, details of her cancer journey, and so much more.
‘The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying’: Nina Riggs
John Duberstein lost his wife, writer Nina Riggs, to metastatic triple negative breast cancer. “She wanted to embrace the existence that she had, even before she knew she was going to die imminently. I did not want to talk about what was going to happen with me after Nina died. Nina is the one that really brought it up, she brought it up a number of times. She wanted to make sure that I knew that it was OK,” he told SurvivorNet in a previous conversation. Her book, The Bright Hour,” tells the story of their relationship and her outlook while staring down the end.