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Here We Grow: Mindfulness Through Cancer and Beyond

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  17 reviews
After a lifetime of seeking all things spiritual, wellness, and at times woo-woo, Paige Davis finds herself facing a breast cancer diagnosis at thirty-eight years old. But she quickly realizes that cancer isn’t her crisis point; rather, it is a landing pad of experiences inviting her to integrate her mind, body, and spirit, find peace in the present moment, and heal from t ...more
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Published May 22nd 2018 by She Writes Press
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I appreciate Paige sharing her story with readers. Although, I have been lucky to not have the word "cancer" appear in my vocabulary when I describe myself, I have had cancer appear in my family. Not just mine but my husband's family as well. Also, not just breast cancer either.

Paige provides readers a personal and inside look into the journey of cancer...the diagnosis, treatment, cancer free, and reconstructive surgery. Besides all of these stages; there is also the support system of family, f
Ann T
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you She Writes Press and Netgalley for this ARC.

I would have loved to have had this book years ago when I worked on an oncology ward. Thank you for this beautiful memoir and the honesty in your journey. This book is perfect for the caregiver to understand what ancancer journey can feel like and I am sure it has brought comfort to many people as they face a diagnosis.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this manuscript from the author herself after I was recovering from my own (second) brain surgery. I reached out to her as I was interested in her experience using mindfulness and meditation practice to get through her breast cancer as I am planning on using these approaches to get through my recovery in the best way possible.

Although more a breast cancer survivor story, I appreciated her candor and use of mindfulness and meditation as well as other holistic appro
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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As a testicular cancer survivor, I found this book very applicable and helpful. I was given an advance reader copy by the author herself and I could not be more appreciative of the message that sparked it.

At first, I wasn't sure what to expect since I am not a practitioner of yoga or formal mediation. I found myself glued to the book from start to finish and realizing more and more that I use a number of mindfulness practices in my own daily life.

The book is very easy to read and written from
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Here We Grow: Mindfulness Through Cancer and Beyond by Paige Davis tells the author's story of her diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 38, and how she chose not to do battle per se but to embrace the experience with love and mindfulness. She is aware that to some it will sound a little too woo-woo, and it was refreshing to have an author come out and say that some may think her ways are a little too kooky for the average joe, but I think there's something to be taken from this book no matte ...more
Literary Redhead
I wanted to read Paige Davis’ HERE WE GROW as soon as I read about her inspiring story of healing from breast cancer. She was only 38 when diagnosed, but spiritually a wise old soul. Rather than focusing on fear or on “fighting” the disease, Paige opens her heart and life to a more mindful path. Highly recommended, not only for coping with illness, but as a prescription for a more heart-centered life.

NetGalley graciously provided an early copy. Opinions are fully mine.

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Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of this beautiful memoir and would highly recommend it for anyone facing a difficult diagnosis. Paige’s candor and courage inspire while her concrete advice offers hope and positivity.
Sharon Mensing
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Each woman's experience of breast cancer is unique and, at the same time, it seems to tap into some universal truths. So it almost seems like no coincidence that this book came across my radar just as I was finishing chemo and starting to try to think of myself as a survivor. This would be seen as an opportunity to "celebrate the wins," by Paige Davis, who offers a list of lessons learned at the end of her book. As Davis describes the physical, emotional, and spiritual journey she took through h ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a personal meditation on healing and regaining your sense of physicality in the face of a very visceral disease. Paige Davis was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to learn to navigate the world of chemotherapy, follow-up visits, and a profound shift in her relationship with her body, particularly in light of the effects of both cancer and chemo (weight loss, hair loss, nausea, etc.). I think that her journey is inspirational, even for those who haven't had cancer, as it shows us ...more
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Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it

Every journey is unique. There is no one size fits all for breast cancer diagnosis. Paige’s experience is her own. I’ve seen how healing writing can be, so I appreciate Paige’s story. While we shared some of the same journey, we had many differences. What I would say we had in common was that we set the tone for our journey. When I was first diagnosed I noticed immediately how differently people reacted. I couldn’t have people falling apart around me if I was to put up a good fight. So, I decide
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
very intriguing memoir by Paige Davis.
was very informative and uplifting. i have not had a cancer diagnosis personaly, but both my parents did. each got their diagnosis and were gone in about a week's time. i enjoyed reading the story and seeing how her mindfulness helped her in this journey and beyond.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Paige Davis took her experience with breast cancer and added her meditative and spiritual insight to the daily upset of her new health regime. THe result is a book of warmth and surprising humor, a path of discovery for readers as Ms. Davis takes us through her very personal journey with intimacy and tact. A very good read and all energies toward full healing for Ms. Davis.
Rachel Zarrow
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a masterfully written memoir about personal growth in the face of adversity. Even if you have no personal experience with cancer, meditation, or mindfulness, this book will change you. Highly recommend!
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing autobiography of one's woman way of handling herself through a trying time, through the process of breast cancer. With grace and much self awareness and positivity, she shows a beautiful way of enjoying even what is difficult in one's life. Highly recommend. ...more
Leah Reinhart
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For one this book is an easy read book and I finished it really quickly, which is good for a dyslexic. She take us through her emotional, physical, and spiritual journey, as she deals with cancer. She doesn't sugarcoat anything, but shares her experiences as if you are right there with her. ...more
Elizabeth Musso
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read if you have cancer or have had cancer! So uplifting and heartfelt!
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I heard the author speak at a local bookstore, and enjoyed it very much. I also appreciated this book, because it’s a combination of her medical journey and all things woo-woo. If you enjoy Christiane Northrup, I think you will like this book, and it’s all the better because she’s an Austinite now.
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Paige Davis is an entrepreneur, writer, cancer survivor, mindfulness facilitator, and meditation teacher. She is the founder of Soul Sparks, where she leads and facilitates meditation and mindfulness programming for companies, teams, and individuals seeking more patience, productivity, and present-moment awareness. Paige is also co-founder of social impact brand, BlueAvocado. The company’s thought ...more

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