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Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Breast Cancer: Important Facts, Inspiring Stories [NOOK Book]


This new series from Chicken Soup for the Soul—inspirational stories followed by positive, practical medical advice for caregivers and patients—is the perfect blend of emotional support and vital information on breast cancer, including:
•   understanding your diagnosis•   working with your doctor•   talking with friends and family•   treatment options•   from baldness to breastforms•   emotional healing•   ...
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Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Breast Cancer: Important Facts, Inspiring Stories

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This new series from Chicken Soup for the Soul—inspirational stories followed by positive, practical medical advice for caregivers and patients—is the perfect blend of emotional support and vital information on breast cancer, including:
•   understanding your diagnosis•   working with your doctor•   talking with friends and family•   treatment options•   from baldness to breastforms•   emotional healing•   conquering side effects•   alternative therapies•   finding support groups•   thriving with breast cancer
Chicken Soup for the Soul partners with top doctors to give you the information you need to survive—and the positive inspiration to thrive. Each book features beautifully written stories, plus information on diet, lifestyle, diagnosis, procedures, caregiving, emotional issues, and alternative therapies from some of the world’s foremost experts.
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Library Journal
A Mayo Clinic cancer specialist stirs up information and inspiration for those diagnosed with breast cancer. Fill-in blanks make this a solid gift item. Two convenient formats in the "Chicken Soup" style. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453280126
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 658,248
  • File size: 507 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Dr. Edward Creagan, MD, recipient of the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award and Mayo Clinic staff member for more than thirty years, is a cancer specialist and professor at the Mayo Clinic Medical School. He is the author of the book How Not to Be My Patient, a guide to dealing with doctors and thriving with any diagnosis. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.     
Jack Canfield is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Mark Victor Hansen is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt

The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me

My cancer scare changed my life.
I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have.
It has helped me prioritize my life.

—Olivia Newton-John, singer

It was late afternoon. I was catching up with my dictation after a busy day of operating, seeing my hospitalized postoperative patients, and evaluating the young and old in my clinic. I am a surgeon, and my mission, as taught in medical school and surgical residency, is to cure by cutting out disease.

Maxine, my office manager, poked her head in the door. 'Claire just got through seeing her oncologist and stopped in to say hi. Is this a good time?' Claire and I have a deep connection. I have accompanied her on an arduous journey with painful twists and turns.

About two years earlier, Claire found out her husband was having an affair. She took herself to a nice resort to get away and gain some perspective. As she was soaking in the candlelit tub, she found a lump in her left breast. She said it was as if someone had directed her hand to that spot. She had an ominous feeling, so she cut her trip short.

The day I first met Claire, I examined her breasts. The surgery textbooks describe the feel of cancer: gritty and hard with an irregular, rough surface. Cancer is Latin for crab, and breast cancer sends out crablike tentacles. The books don't instruct you to listen to your intuition as you do the examination, so I learned to do that on my own. We physicians don't usually offer treatment based on 'hunches,' so I put a needle in her breast and aspirated cells for the pathologists to look at under the microscope. As I had suspected, there were cancer cells.

How do you tell someone she has breast cancer? There's no easy way, and each doctor finds one that seems best. When I performed Claire's biopsy, I asked her whether she wanted to hear the results over the phone or in person. The next day I called and said, 'Claire, this is the phone call you don't want to get.' Delivering bad news is the hardest part of being a surgeon. It's easier with a breast cancer patient like Claire because she often knows long before the biopsy results arrive.

Now, two years later and with a cancer-free bill of health from her oncologist, Claire started her victory dance in my office and sang, 'Yup. I'm calling some girlfriends, and we're going out on the town.' After a moment of reflection, and with all sincerity, out came these words: 'Getting breast cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me.'

I was not surprised to hear Claire say this. She is the eternal optimist, finding the silver lining with the determination and skill of Sherlock Holmes. Leave it to Claire to frame her story of personal betrayal, disfiguring operations, and chemotherapy and radiation as an opportunity for growth.

'The moment I found my lump in the bathtub, I knew it was cancer. I thought breast cancer was a death sentence,' she confided in me. 'I didn't know that most women who get breast cancer live a long life. But you know, the woman I was two years ago died. And then the real me was born.'

Claire made big changes after her diagnosis. She divorced her husband and dyed her new post-chemotherapy hair blond. She understood both in her head and in her heart that the only moment she is promised is the one she's living. She was going to make each moment count.

™ Vicki Rackner, M.D.

©2007. ™ Vicki Rackner, M.D. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series : Breast Cancer by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Edward Creagan, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cancer Specialist . No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street , Deerfield Beach , FL 33442.

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