Recommended Reading

LMS Bookshelf

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The Foundation offers our supporters a list of suggested books that are “good reads” and our list of books continues to grow. If you liked the book that was on The Book Shelf –  let us know – we would appreciate hearing your opinion of the book you  read so that it could possibly help others.

If you have suggested a new book for The Bookshelf, after having read it, your brief book review would also be a helpful guide to others. Please forward the below information to: communications@nlmsf.org

  •  The title of the book
  •  The author’s name
  •  A brief description of what the book is about

Reading a meaningful book can be helpful, healing, and so important for the patient and for the family/caregiver!

In alphabetical order, by title:

AFTER YOU HEAR IT’S CANCER

by John Leifer with Lori Lundstrom, M.D.

A survival guide through the initial fog if distress, anticipation of what lies ahead on an uncertain journey. The authors integrate cutting-edge research with patients’ perspectives for an empathetic, pragmatic handbook for patients and their families.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CAREGIVER’S SOUL

by Jack Canfield, LeAnn Thieman and Mark Victor Hansen

Shared stories of caregivers who represent all of us at one time or another, and their messages are special. You will find yourself in this book. Being a caregiver can be a challenging role in the journey of life.

HOW GREAT WOMEN LEAD – A MOTHER-DAUGHTER ADVENTURE INTO THE LIVES OF WOMEN SHARING THE WORLD

by Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane

Strong female leaders are making a statement around the globe.  The authors explore the qualities that motivate some of the world’s most powerful women.  Through this exploration,  the authors discover commonly held values, behaviors, and attitudes, as well as the subtle, special skills inherent in female leaders.

HOW NOT TO DIE

by Dr. Michael Greger, M.D.

From a supporter: “It is a phenomenal compilation of the best evidence-based nutritional science on the foods that have been scientifically proven to prevent and reverse our top 15 killers: heart disease, brain disease, cancers, diabetes, kidney disease, and more.

The book just came out yesterday, but I managed to get my hands on an advance copy, and read it last month. Dr. Greger is a brilliant researcher, and has a great sense of humor. Trust me. This book is absolutely fantastic. This is the kind of book you’re going want to give to everyone you know.”

Below, a podcast from www.chrisbeatcancer.com – an interview with Dr Michael Greger

THE LANGUAGE OF LIFE: DNA AND THE REVOLUTION IN PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

by Francis S. Collins

Director of the NIH, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and 15-year head of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Collins describes the medical, scientific, and genetic revolution currently unlocking the secrets of “personalized medicine” and offers practical advice on how to utilize these discoveries for you and your family’s current and future health and well being.

THE LEAST LIKELY MAN: MARSHALL NIRENBERG AND THE DISCOVERY OF THE GENETIC CODE 

by Franklin H. Portugal

The genetic code is the Rosetta Stone by which 3.3 billion letters of human DNA are interpreted. The discovery of the code has had an immeasurable impact on science and society. Marshall Nirenberg, a government scientist working at the NIH, shared the Nobel Prize for cracking the genetic code.  This book tells of the fascinating life story of a famous scientist that most of us have never heard of.

 MY JOURNEY WITH THE PURPLE DRAGON: LIVING WITH LEIOMYOSARCOMA, A RARE AND AGGRESSIVE CANCER

by Patricia Moreira-Cali

“Since I am newly diagnosed, I tried to find something written by a patient about their experience with LMS and came across [this] book. I could not put it down!! It was upbeat, positive and showed me that you can live a full life while fighting the Purple Dragon! More people like me or anyone going through tough medical issues need this book in their hands.” (Reader review, from author’s website, purpledragonjourney.com)

NAVIGATING THE MINEFIELD OF CANCER TREATMENT

by Joann Temple Dennett

In August 2007, Joann Temple Dennett was diagnosed with two cancers—mesothelioma and NSCLC/BAC (non-small cell lung cancer/bronchioloalveolar carcinoma). Mesothelioma is uniformly fatal. The prognosis: six months to two years. In 2010, a third cancer, pancreatic, added to the deadly mix. Calling on her 50-plus years as a science writer, Dr. Dennett has documented the course of her last six years in this engaging, accessible, and useful book. It follows her path as she attempted to learn about her disease—what it was, how to find the best help available, and how to manage new threats that seemed to come too frequently. In this first-person account, Dr. Dennett shares her experiences with multiple primary cancers regarding what she did, how she found information, how she tried to assess the potential usefulness of this information, and how she responded to unexpected detours along the way. Read the choices she made, the questions she asked, the answers she sought, and the resources she used. Read with an eye for gaining tools for advocacy during treatment for yourself or a loved one. If you are in the medical profession, read to understand how the road looks from the other side of a deadly prognosis. (Description taken from this book’s listing on amazon.com)

THRIVER SOUP: A FEAST FOR LIVING CONSCIOUSLY DURING THE CANCER JOURNEY

by Heidi Bright, MDiv.

Cancer patients seeking to integrate meaningful spirituality with practical healing solutions can now feast on a comprehensive blend of self-care options. Thriver Soup provides a variety of holistic strategies for cushioning chemotherapy and softening surgery while empowering readers to grow in consciousness. Each of more than 250 topics begins with an inspirational quote from one of the world’s wisdom traditions, offers a story to foster self-care and personal transformation, and concludes with a useful tip.

With passion, authenticity and a dash of humor, Thriver Soup courageously addresses medical topics and holistic care.

Explore these restorative ingredients to enhance your nutritional choices, stimulate your creative juices, foster your personal powers to transform mentally and emotionally, and deepen your connection with others and the Divine.

For more information on Thriver Soup and author Heidi Bright, please visit her website. You also can sign up for her weekly blog.

WHAT DOCTORS CANNOT TELL YOU

by Dr. Kevin B. Jonees, M.D.,

Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah

The book contains stories about real people, real patients, and colleagues. The take-away message:  seek competent medical counsel and advice. (The key is to be empowered with knowledge in order to do this.)  The best medical decision-making is backed by patients who do their own research.

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