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Posted November 2, 2011
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.
Posted October 19, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2011
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