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I am not a cancer survivor myself but recently studied a module on reading illness. I looked at different illness narratives with a focus on cancer patients such as Grealy, Lucy: Autobiography of a Face and
Lorde, Audre: The Cancer Journals. It's especially interesting to compare these illness narratives to the lesser-known Sylvie, Beljanski: Winning the war on cancer. I find that exploring the different perspectives given in illness narratives about illness not only by exploring the types of losses it generates but the different ways in which pain is articulated, and how the experience of illness affects patients’ sense of self. The choices of a patient are usually at the forefront of an illness novel and the choices made in Winning the war in cancer are an example to many others who read the book. A few cancer survivors in this forum have spoken about if they had read this book before undergoing treatment they would have made different choices. This is the importance of illness narratives: to voice pain and give importance to this voice.
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Post by Erandi Ekanayake »

I have an aunt who has been struggling hard to win the war of cancer for a long period of time. So I think cancer patients will definitely find this book very much beneficial.
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I'm not a cancer survivor myself but I'm sure the book would help the cancer survivors to deal with the issues post treatment.
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Post by Jajachris »

It is a sad topic, but it is a topic we cannot avoid. People are curious to know how to defeat the monster called cancer and their curiosity will drown whatever emotions the book might evoke.
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Post by Barbara Larkin »

I'd almost lost an aunt to breast cancer a few years back. I would recommend it to her, particularly because since she's beat it, she's made it her mission to get as well-informed on the subject as possible, joining and donating to several foundations even before she was diagnosed. I think it'll lift up her spirits, knowing that other people are fighting like she did.
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Post by yapashley »

My grandfather died due to colon cancer. Perhaps if I read this book prior to his death, there would have been something more we could have done. To cancer survivors, thank God that you have survived! I cannot imagine the pain you had to go through.
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Post by Yvonne Monique »

Unfortunately, like many on this forum, I have seen too many cancer cases in my family to either believe in mainstream or alternative treatments. The only valid treatment is prevention and early detection.
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Post by car-mbz »

I think this book will help cancer survivors to live healthy generally and have knowledge on preventing reoccurence of their cancers.
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