A book that has changed hundreds of lives all over the world...an inspiring story of cancer and survival from it, of love, of courage and grit.
It all started WITH...
a cancer diagnosis in September 2012....of the fastest growing type of breast cancer. My book My Cancer Journey – A rendezvous with myself is a candid narration of my encounter with breast cancer. It is the story of an ordinary woman who was put in extraordinary circumstances, and who undertook her cancer journey with the utmost courage.
This memoir is not just about describing a difficult medical condition. It is about going through the experience, and emerging from it wiser and stronger. It is about using cancer as a life changing experience, despite all the trauma and the loss – and the change needn’t be for the worse. It is about understanding the choice that a human being has – the choice to accept what cannot be changed, and to use one of the toughest fights of life to evolve into a better person, irrespective of the prognosis. Pick up a copy to embark on a rendezvous with your inner self and to understand my journey! You can buy my book by clicking on the links below:
Amazon UK: http://2one.in/80
Amazon US: http://2one.in/81
Amazon India: http://2one.in/89
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HERE IS WHAT SOME OF THE READERS THOUGHT OF MY BOOK:
This book would be good for anyone – patients, carers, friends, family, health professions, and the general public for risk awareness – because it is a personal story but also the author writes in such an accessible and informative way.
Parul manages to convey things that are deeply individual and personal – how a person will cope with cancer, how people care for them or don't – in such non-judgmental ways that even if a reader’s experience is different they will close the book with a sense of being alright. She manages to convey that the whole process is abnormal but without the terror that the word can bring; rather an acknowledgement of the abnormal that makes it, if not acceptable or normal, at least recognisable and manageable. Therefore it could be read at any stage from diagnosis to remission and probably bears reading or dipping into as required.
It is very easy to understand, with a non-judgmental spirituality and great science sections, a section on counselling and one on complementary medicine that is the best and most balanced I have ever read. The story is Parul's so it flows according to her journey. The flow makes sense and the breaks for the "science bits" come perfectly in the text.
This is an honest account of the author’s treatment. It is suitable for anyone, not only breast cancer patients, but most useful for someone newly diagnosed and about to undergo treatment. It is more of a factual book about treatment, how it was carried out and the downsides of the treatment. Parul doesn't much deal with the emotional side, apart from difficulties with family. Her family were supportive but the book highlights their emotional difficulties in giving support to someone so close.
I particularly like this book because it sticks to the subject it is describing, namely the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Although it does go into the author’s life, it doesn’t go off at a tangent into uninteresting aspects of another person's life. I think it would be helpful as it describes chemotherapy and radiotherapy in detail, which is often hard to find in the literature available.
Overall, this is a very good factual aid for a breast cancer patient, their family and carers. The book is well structured in that it is divided into two parts. In the first, the author undergoes conventional treatments. It doesn't pull any punches and does describe the harsh reality of cancer treatment. Depending on the personality of a newly diagnosed patient, it could be a bit scary but on the whole I think people want to know what they are up against. The second part is more about complementary therapies, counselling, and self help after treatment. Often it seems that once treatment is over, a patient is on their own. If they can try to become healthier and have other types of therapy, this might be helpful – the book explores these options. I also like how the author dispels some of the cancer myths, saying it is not down to karma or something you have done or not done. Unfortunately the internet is now full of such stuff; this book sticks to reality.
This book is so frank and honest that it will help those going through anything traumatic. It makes me feel more normal – I now know that I was not alone in some of my experiences. The first part is very honest about the early stages, including treatment, and the second part tackles living beyond a cancer diagnosis, trying to feel normal again, and understanding how your life has changed. I like this format.
It is very matter of fact and uses terms that anyone would be able to understand, the technical aspects are described really well. The cover looks a bit spiritual and serene; my first impression was of a self-help book. Everything else is just right.
I like Parul’s honesty and the fact that she deals with myths, stigmas and how moving forward is as hard as dealing with the cancer. It makes you feel that you are not alone and that someone else is feeling the same. It is sometimes a tough read when you have experienced a lot of the same things but it's emotional in a cathartic way.
A great find when you have been through such a traumatic experience.
I enjoyed this book. It has much to offer to cancer patients and carers on a practical and an emotional level. It is a well-documented experience that will resonate deeply with anyone on their cancer journey, from diagnosis to getting beyond the big 'C'. The chapters in Section 2 are particularly useful: 'Rediscovering myself', 'Complementary therapies and cancer support centres' and 'How could you help someone going through cancer treatment?’. The first talks honestly about recognising and accepting the new 'me', coming to terms with deep-seated lifelong issues and appreciating the smallest of joys daily, essential, I believe, to moving forward. The author devotes an entire chapter to explaining her efforts to accelerate recovery by trying a wide variety of complementary therapies of benefit to patient and carer, particularly those less widely known and pursued, e.g. EFT (emotional freedom technique), biodynamic massage, and hypnotherapy. This is very informative and valuable during cancer treatment and afterwards. Knowing how difficult and complicated it is to understand the nature of cancer, the author gives much needed and succinct tips on how she feels she could have been better supported during her journey.
It is very easy to read from to start to finish. The author’s introduction is a beautiful way to introduce herself and her life up to diagnosis and the book logically follows her experience through treatment, recovery and survivorship. She writes well about a deep and life-changing experience on physical, emotional and psychological levels with clear references, footnotes and explanations of medical terminology. There is no glossary but there are many relevant and appropriate diagrams, references and footnotes that make for interesting reading. This is a deeply personal memoir but still reads as by a polished author comfortable with all the medical aspects of her journey.
It's an appealing book and I like the cover illustration and colour very much. The paper is good and even though I've been thumbing back and forwards, it's retained its quality. The font too is very clear and readable. The author is writing from her heart and her tone is very honest and frank.
It's a great combination of personal experience and many practical suggestions. In particular, I very much enjoyed the chapter 'Self-awareness or my spiritual quest', which acknowledges and addresses how cancer causes stress and ways to deal with its impact. The author provides valuable information through talking about a course called 'Coping with cancer stress' exploring several self-help tools and concepts to manage stress. There is nothing I dislike about it. However, in the chapter 'Cancer and my relationships', the author thanks everyone – doctors, husband, family, friends and therapists; this would be better in the acknowledgements. Also, the impact of cancer on intimacy and relationships, which I thought would have been a very useful and relevant in this chapter, isn't addressed in the way I expected. I know the author mentions the effect of cancer on starting a family but the overall impact on intimate relationships really isn't talked about – an opportunity missed. It's a very important part in relationship adjustments throughout treatment and beyond.