Summary

Both memoir and self-help book, this is the remarkable chronicle of a passage from terminal diagnosis to exuberant wellness in just a few months.
The Cancer Whisperer reverses our traditional adversarial relationship with cancer by teaching us how to listen to it; how to be healed by it as well as seek to cure it; and how to be emotionally free of illness even when physically curtailed.
Living on the frontier between her fierce will to live and necessary willingness to die, Sophie - now thriving with cancer - shares her journey with searing honesty, unapologetic vulnerability and intelligent pragmatism. Alongside rare insights into a condition now affecting approximately one in three people, she challenges the mental conditioning we need to overcome to redefine our narratives about cancer.
As 'the cancer whisperer', she offers a groundbreaking practical guide that will encourage cancer patients to:



Direct their own treatment while preserving their personhood in a system that tends to see them as patients more than people.
Engage with fear, anger and grief in healthy and healing ways instead of toughing it out, trying to be positive or collapsing into despair.
Radically shift from being a cancer victim to a cancer listener - to seeing cancer less as a disease than as a symptom of other underlying causes, and engaging proactively with whatever changes it calls on them to make.

Discover what the author calls 'the whispering, the reaching into a well of darkness and finding your hands painted with light'. Inspired, wise and moving, this book is as unflinching as Lisa Lynch's The C Word and as uplifting as Kris Carr's Crazy, Sexy Cancer and carries us to a new threshold in our relationship with cancer, strengthening our ability to meet it with courage, creativity, gratitude and grace.
©2015 Sophie Sabbage (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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By Quintin on 14-05-18

The most beautiful book I’ve read

I have never wept as much reading any other work. I do not have cancer and have not walked alongside anyone that has. The profound resonance with my heart is related, I believe to the way the author has engaged with a monumental struggle. We all face what seems like insurmountable challenges. Sophie shows how to do so in a manner that is profound in its intensity, honesty and vulnerability. Her poetry and eloquence alone make this book compulsory reading for my children when they come of age.

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