I’ve been reading Britta Aragon’s book, When Cancer Hits, Your Complete Guide to Taking Care of YOU Through Treatment. I guess it was the title that made me think the book was written solely for cancer patients in active treatment. Boy, was I wrong!
If you are in active treatment, or know someone who is, this is the book to read. It is chock-full of important information on handling fragile skin, hair loss and wigs, reducing toxins, alternative therapies, and proven solutions for fatigue, nausea, neuropathy and so much more. I wish I could have read Britta’s book three years ago. I bet I would have discovered complementary therapies to help with the pain of my TRAM flap reconstruction much earlier.
For those of us beyond treatment, I am declaring Britta’s book our handbook for healthy post-cancer living. All of her great advice on how to lower your toxic exposure while going through chemotherapy is entirely applicable now. Same with her “10 Tips for Gentle Skin Care.” I especially love her chapter on “Five Ways to Lighten Your Toxic Load.” I’ve wanted to reduce toxins in my home, but am overwhelmed as to how to go about it. Britta’s straightforward guide is just what I need to start making changes now.
Kudos also to Britta for her focus on the emotional issues of healing, which we all know take a severe toll on both the cancer patient and survivor. For those of us dealing with fear of recurrence (and who among us isn’t) her “Tips to Lower Risk of Recurrence” help to manage both the fear and the risk. Her chapters on chemobrain, surgery scars, continuing fatigue, reducing stress and better eating are gold mines of information.
The more I read of Britta’s book the more I felt a kinship with her. Here at WWGN I try to focus on living a full, satisfying life beyond cancer. When Cancer Hits, Your Complete Guide to Taking Care of YOU Through Treatment, is based on “a new attitude of tender and gentle self-care,” and making your world, “more nurturing, healthy, safe, and ultimately, cancer-free.” Who couldn’t use a little more of that?
Thank you Britta for using your experience as a cancer survivor and caregiver to create such a comprehensive guide to living with and beyond cancer. Have you had the opportunity to read Britta’s book? What do you think of it and how has it helped you?
(FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment. This review also contains affiliate links that compensate WhereWeGoNow should you make a purchase.)
Survival > Existence,