Q: Were there any books you read that helped you through the process of dealing with two different battles with cancer? Any recommendations?
Linda: Reading is a wonderful tool regardless of circumstances. I have been guided to many different books over the past twelve years, to help me get through things like losing weight, to losing friendships. The most powerful books I have read are the ones that have helped me grow as a person, to become self-realized. There was no one book in particular that I can say helped me through the “process.” Instead, they helped me to see illness not as this scary, bad thing, but as an opportunity to grow and face my fears.
Three years ago, just before my double mastectomy, I saw a YouTube video of a woman being interviewed by the name of Anita Moorjani. She wrote a book called Dying To Be Me. I felt drawn to her and went right out and bought her book. It touched me deeply. The best part is, a friend of mine took me to a Louise Hays Conference a week before my double mastectomy and she was one of the speakers. Meeting Anita, hugging her, felt symbolic to me. A sign from the Universe saying,“ You got this.”
Another book I read while recuperating was The Journey: A Practical Guide To Healing Your Life and Setting Yourself Free by Brandon Bays…Another incredible woman who faced cancer in a way most of us would not. Both these books turned out to be the foundation of how I began to experience life from a new perspective.
I encourage anyone going through any type of dis-ease to not only read books recommended, but to also allow yourself to be guided to books that will shout for your attention at a book store or library. Also, I invite all of you to also share books that have helped you through these difficult times (comment below).
Over the years, Stephanie and I have read many of the same books. Talking about them has helped us to both grow, and feel better both inside and out. These conversations and sharing of ideas, can help us in times in which we may feel limited, to suddenly seeing we have possibilities.
Thank you for this question, and hope it will open the door for many other conversations about books, and the many paths to health and well being. May Peace, Love and Health be in your future, now and always.