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   Posted 4/8/2008 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
My girl friend was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in August of 07. In december she had a double masectomy and 26 lymph nodes removed. She just received news that there is cancer in her liver and bone and more lymph nodes. She lives across the country from me and she is losing hope. I want to send her some books that might bring her strength and hope. Has anyone read a truely inspiring book that might bring my friend some hope. There are so many books out there to choose from, I was hoping to get some insight from people who have an idea of what my friend is going through, and some books that gave them strength and hope to keep fighting.

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   Posted 4/9/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm a former English major, and I have to say I've never been big into the "inspirational" books. However, when I was going through diagnosis and treatment, a friend who had leukemia gave me a book called From Victim to Victor, by Harold Benjamin. I did read it, and I did find inspiration in it. I passed it along to a friend who was diagnosed after I was. She was very much into the "inspirational" books. Her favorites were Lance Armstrong's It's not about the Bike and, sorry I can't think of the author, but it was called When Bad Things Happen to Good a Rabbi, I think.

I hope you'll think about this for a minute, though. I propose that laughter is ALWAYS the best medicine. If she loves George Carlin, buy her a Carlin book. If she loves Calvin and Hobbes, buy her one of those books. If the latest panty raid on poor Britney Spears' closet makes her laugh, buy the latest copy of People magaizine.

When you receive a diagnosis like hers, everyone wants to give you "inspiration." If you can help your friend to laugh and FORGET THE DIAGNOSIS, if only for a few minutes, you have respected her life, who she is, what she is, and what she means to you... and that is a precious thing, when a friend can look past the diagnosis and you know they see YOU, and not "the cancer."

Hope this helps...
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz

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   Posted 4/9/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to hear about your friend.  Where does she live?  Maybe someone from here is near her and can contact her for support.
L & H,

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   Posted 4/10/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
The book "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"  was written by Rabbi Harold Kushner.  I read this again not so many months ago and it is probably the only book that I would recommend for inspiration.  Even though it was written in 1981 I found that it still holds true in today's world.  Not that 1981 was that long ago but it was before computers, cell phones, etc etc.
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   Posted 4/10/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for the responses. If anyone else has any book recommendations I would still love to hear from you. I'm will check out the books mentioned so far.
Thanks again for your responses.
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