Cancer Warrior: Where the Mind Goes

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In 2006, Levine was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. She endured chemotherapy and radiation treatments before an eight-and-a-half hour surgery consisting of rectal and liver resections, a radical hysterectomy, and removal of her gall bladder and 24 lymph nodes, leaving her with a temporary ileostomy. Wry humor accompanies grim descriptions of her transformation from overextended but motivated wife, mother, and graduate student to cancer patient, "trapped in a maze" of medical tests, evaluations, and hospital stays in New York City and New Jersey. Tracing the roots of her illness to stress provoked by family concerns and her studies in occupational therapy, as well as genetic links, Levine makes a strong case for the power of prayer, laughter, and positive thinking during medical crises. She tempers blunt appraisals of dismissive health-care workers with moments of gratitude for people who don't view cancer as a death sentence; e.g., a physician who said 60% of the battle is mental. While Levine's narrative lacks polish and is laden with coarse battle imagery—she visualizes herself slaughtering cancer cells with a machete and chemotherapy as medieval knights destroying her tumors—her book will be a great comfort and motivator for cancer patients who are determined to find meaning in and to fight their illness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933794419
  • Publisher: Kirk House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 1,392,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    determination to live

    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite

    In 2006, Ruth Levine was anticipating the beginning of her new career as an Occupational Therapist. Instead, she began developing aches and pains and found herself diagnosed with Stage Four Colon Cancer. With her husband Mike at her side, she began her rounds of visits to specialists including Dr. Wong at Sloan Kettering Institute in New York City. Her cancer might have spread to her kidneys and the outlook was not very good for Mrs.Levine. However, Mrs. Levine was always a fighter, and refused to acknowledge cancer as a part of her being. She exercised at a gym, engaged in Reiki, a form of meditation, ate health-promoting foods, endured chemotherapy and radiation, and finally underwent eight and a half hours of surgery at Sloan Kettering. Ruth Levine tells of the horrific pain, the surgical complications, the bloackages, the fevers and infections and the general trauma of recovering from massive surgery in a clear, calm voice that will inspire many, many readers.

    "Cancer Warrior" is Ruth Levine's story not just of her surviving a terrible diagnosis but of her determination to live. As an author, she is quite candid about what she went through and writes clearly of each step she took along the way to recovery. No "Goody Two Shoes" this lady is; Ruth Levine tells of her darkest moments and how she overcame the too many adversities that she faced. This is a book that should be on all library shelves for patrons to find and adore.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Cancer Warrior

    I very much believe that there's a reason for everything. Sometimes, especially during the really tough challenges that life seems to throw at us, it's just so very hard to see the hidden gift. In retrospect, perhaps these experiences provide the greatest gifts because they are so very hard fought. Ruth Levine is the Cancer Warrior. She's an extraordinary woman in so many ways. In 2006, she was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer. Facing chemotherapy, radiation, and major surgery, she made a pledge to herself that she would focus on healing. To that end, she built herself up physically, mentally, and spiritually to face come what may. Then, even in her darkest moments, she not only believed she would win the battle against cancer but she knew that the cancer was meant to make her a better occupational therapist. Whether our life lesson comes in the form of cancer or something else that shakes us to our core, we need to stay strong and positive. This story is a wonderful example of that faith and courage. Be well Ruth.

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