Finished it!!! Bloody brilliant book and her first year through the trials & triumphs pretty much matched my own (especially the emotional & pFinished it!!! Bloody brilliant book and her first year through the trials & triumphs pretty much matched my own (especially the emotional & physical reactions to chemo & RT) ... RIP Lisa xx...more
A beautifully-written story of the power of Love, of friendship, of finding ourselves through the tangled web of memories, family history and pain. AA beautifully-written story of the power of Love, of friendship, of finding ourselves through the tangled web of memories, family history and pain. A keeper!...more
'Beat Cancer : The 10-step plan to help you overcome and prevent cancer' is a book which should be required reading for everyone, as we aspire towards'Beat Cancer : The 10-step plan to help you overcome and prevent cancer' is a book which should be required reading for everyone, as we aspire towards a more preventative model of healthcare
This book is very useful for those who are going through treatment or have finished treatment, although I would personally recommend it as a must-have resource at the point of diagnosis (preferably BEFORE you get test results back, so you can enter into discussions with surgeons and oncologists better-informed).
The authors - Prof. Mustafa Djamgoz and Prof. Jane Plant - have presented the book in a highly-logical, well-presented manner. The easy Steps offer a natural reading-route for those who have need of instant-information at a specific stage of their (or their family/friends) treatment.
Considering the subject matter, this book is extremely well-written and easy to understand. The Appendix has clearly been laid out with much thought, too. It is easy to see that at least one of the writers has had personal experience of the cancer journey, purely because of the clarity of layout - when going through treatment, you need to have things laid out clearly, succinctly. Your brain just cannot cope with anything that is NOT clear and concise!
The book cover looks friendly yet clinical, with an uncluttered look and ‘friendly’ typeface. My one (very personal) dislike is the use of the dark pink colour as a focus colour; although it serves the grey font very well, I feel it could potentially be off-putting to a population that links pink to breast cancer awareness. Especially as one of the writers is so well-known for her writings specifically to do with diet and breast cancer. Potential readers may not realise that it is a book that applies to EVERY type of cancer, irrespective of age.
The layout of the book is clear and well-structured, enhanced by the typeface/font used. There is limited use of diagrams, and what is included is very clear and easy to understand. The appendix is very well laid-out in tabular format, too. All in all, Beat Cancer is a highly readable, user-friendly book about an emotionally-difficult and scientifically-complex subject.
What I really liked about this book was the 10-step way to self-empowerment at a time when cancer patients (and friends, carers, loved ones, etc.) can easily be overwhelmed by medical terminology. The book is extremely well-written, giving a healthy blend of science and medical together with the aspects of good health whilst dealing with cancer (or living with cancer, or post-cancer and in remission), which are often left unsaid by the medical profession. e.g. diet, complementary therapies. It also gives people an underlying (basic) knowledge of orthodox (clinical) medical treatments and why these may be offered. It is so easy to feel disempowered during treatment, and Beat Cancer really helps to give you a bit of the ‘insider knowledge’ so you can work together with your medical team to make fully informed decisions.
If ONLY they could print out just Step 3 when you are handed a diagnosis, it would be such an empowering tool at a time when you feel so very small and inconsequential, a mere body attached a terrifying monster that goes by the broad term of 'Cancer'!
I felt a little disappointed (even cheated, to be honest) by the fact that Step 10 is so lightweight. For such a hugely-important part of the cancer journey (moving on from treatment), I felt 7 pages was far too short. Part of the reason we endure such radical treatments is to try to beat cancer, enabling us to life a full life. Too often, survivors are left bereft of any real support, or guidance as to where to turn to, and I feel that this should have been addressed a little more in Step 10.
There are just NOT enough resources to help the huge numbers of survivors to move forward in life, physically, mentally and emotionally.
I am only giving Beat Cancer 4 stars because of the skirting-around-very-important issues in Step 10. Sadly, I feel this is atypical of a clinician’s writings; it would have been wonderful to have had some input from a psychologist, such as Dr Cordelia Galgut, to give a truly balanced ending to a very interesting, informative and helpful book.
Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy of Beat Cancer to review for Macmillan.
75 ways to use your Quirks + inspired Playfullness to manifest a marvellously-meaningful Life!
Life can really grind you down - so much so, that you fi75 ways to use your Quirks + inspired Playfullness to manifest a marvellously-meaningful Life!
Life can really grind you down - so much so, that you find yourself immersed in work and you really can't see the wood for the trees. Even when you specialise in supporting people's growth through creativity + play (after all, every coach needs a coach!). So it was a delight to receive this beautifully-designed book through my inbox during a particularly-difficult month : the colours were so bright, so fun, so playfull, I could almost feel my inner-child squealing with delight, despite being muffled under too-many-layers of adult-must-focus-and-ignore-anything-lighthearted-layers.
Makridakis' latest book - Hop, Skip, Jump - boldly promises to offer you 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life.
Hop, Skip, Jump delivers on this promise, too. The book's introductory session gifts you a l'il bit of background info on why play matters so much in our lives, and how you can use the fun, frolicsome features of this book to discover YOUR most powerful route to manifesting.
Delightful words such as AcroWhim, Manifestagram and Haikoodles draw you towards Makridakis' Quirky Quiz which is a simple way to discover your natural inclinations towards manifesting and creating - in every aspect of your life - and whether you are most at ease in the Hop phase, the Skip phase or Jump phase.
And the beauty of this quirky quiz is that you realise it doesn't matter which phase is your natural comfort zone. You will find PLENTY of ways in each of the enlightening "ways" to enhance the phases you don't feel quite so at ease with, while building on your strengths in the phase that fits you like a snugglesome glove.
I'm a Skipper and used to get quite cross with myself, as my inquisitive mind sees me bunny-hopping gaily through soooo many different things that I often used to find myself feeling overwhelmed and doubtful that I could ever complete anything - happily, Makridakis' shows you in a simple table how each of the three phases (Hop, Skip and Jump) relate to each other, naming the advantages and potential risks of each, and how you can work towards your goals in a playfull, yet consciously direct, way.
So this week I am working on being at peace with myself *chuckle* in addition to taking time each day to dive in to Hop, Skip and Jump, selecting a "way" to work with at whim. Today I am working on "The Sparkle Scavenger Hunt".
For anyone who has not yet experienced the beauty and clarity of using playfullness in a coaching capacity - whether informal or formal - you just have to experience the magic through this gem of a book. A handy size to have in your bag at all times, it's a delicious treasure-chest of ideas to get you out of your head and work with your strengths, while getting you clear through the power of playfullness.
As Makridakis shares: "Play and productivity are no longer two separate worlds that rarely meet ... you get to play AND do. Play matters. Your life matters. It's time to manifest." Hop, Skip, Jump is one little tool to help you do just that. Enjoy the read - and enjoy the process!
Disclosure: I received a pre-release copy of Hop, Skip, Jump from New World Library to review. I am a certified ARTbundance Coach & Practitioner (2011) and ACT Program mentor....more
An unusual novella : death, life & madness entwined as a daughter nurses her father during his final days, her brothers and sisters dancing on theAn unusual novella : death, life & madness entwined as a daughter nurses her father during his final days, her brothers and sisters dancing on the periphery ... an intriguing read!...more