As a breast cancer survivor, I’d be thrilled to put the experience behind me and forget that it ever happened, but hiding my head in the sand is not going to make the problem disappear.
Every October, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month rolls around, I’m reminded once again that in the U.S., one in eight women are diagnosed with this disease each year. (According to BreastCancer.org, a man’s lifetime risk is about 1 in 1000.) It’s essential to bring awareness to the disease, and to continue to support research and practices that promote prevention, early detection and cure.
When I was facing breast cancer, some of my best friends were books. Cancer often makes an individual feel powerless, but reading and researching in useful books is an empowering alternative to tears, fear, and hopelessness. Books can provide practical tools and advice that women can immediately implement.
Here are seven wonderful titles that have helped me and will inspire every woman who encounters this disease.
Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book by Susan M. Love, MD
Revised and updated, the sixth edition of the seminal book on breast health offers the facts in a clear and straightforward manner. Dr. Love, a well-known surgeon, outspoken breast health advocate, and leukemia survivor, has been working tirelessly via the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation to support research that will put an end to the disease.
Waking the Warrior Goddess by Christine Horner, MD
In the third edition of this work, Horner offers an invaluable companion for every woman diagnosed with breast cancer. Her wide-ranging program provides practical suggestions to help lower the chances of getting the disease, improve one’s chances of survival, prevent recurrence, and live healthfully.
The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer, by Sat Dharam Kaur, ND
This comprehensive manual by Canada-based naturopathic physician Sat Dharam Kaur empowers women with a wealth of information on diet, life style, and environmental risks. She also offers the ongoing Healthy Breast Program course at Mammalive.net, which guides women through proactive steps to establish and maintain breast health.
Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor by Kris Karr
A survivor of a rare and incurable cancer, Karr’s books are filled with inspiring and practical tools and informative life style suggestions for any and all cancer survivors. Her upbeat, positive approach is contagious.
Yoga for Cancer, by Tari Prinster
An experienced yoga teacher and breast cancer survivor, Prinster designed her own program for survivors using traditional yoga poses that have been adapted and modified. The book helps cancer survivors restore and recharge their bodies while finding inner and outer strength throughout treatment and recovery.
Goddesses Never Age by Christiane Northrup, MD
This recent release on aging with grace and vitality includes a wonderful section on breast health. All women will benefit from Northrup’s self care program, and breast cancer survivors in particular will find plenty of info about prevention, screening, and lifestyle choices.
Had I Known by Joan Lunden
Inspiring and informational, this intimate memoir by former Good Morning America host Lunden describes her struggle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. As Lunden takes readers on her personal journey she infuses her book with the current research one might expect from a seasoned journalist.
About the Author:
Kathryn E. Livingston is a ten-year breast cancer survivor/thriver who has been writing about parenting issues for more than 25 years. Recently, she’s turned her pen to the topic of yoga. A Kundalini yoga teacher, Livingston blogs for the Kundalini yoga music website Spirit Voyage. She also blogs for the Huffington Post on seasoned motherhood and empty-nest issues, and she is a supporting blogger for Dr. Susan Love’s Army of Women, an effort to research and eradicate breast cancer. Livingston is also an Advocate Member of the Healthy Breast Program.
In her intimate memoir Yin, Yang, Yogini: A Woman’s Quest for Balance, Strength, and Inner Peace, Livingston describes her transformation through yoga, exploring how yoga helps her find the courage and strength to face breast cancer and overcome anxiety issues. The book is also a poignant and humorous exploration of motherhood, letting go, and learning to live with grace and gratitude in the now.