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Shout it From the Rooftops: A Terminal Cancer Healing is a hopeful autobiography of one woman’s experience of being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. After being prescribed palliative care only, Lizzie Emery describes her journey almost as a spiritual awakening, referring to it as a pilgrimage. Eight years following her diagnosis, Lizzie has regained her full health and strength and in this book she describes the lifestyle changes she has made since her initial diagnosis.
I would describe this book as a holistic perspective on healthcare taken from Lizzie’s experience and information she has gathered (which are helpfully referenced in the ‘Notes’ section at the end of the book) with a heavy focus on faith and spiritual well being as well as releasing repressed emotion, increasing positive thinking and improving diet and exercise.
While I agree that it is important to remain hopeful in the face of a life changing or difficult diagnosis and that making life changes that improve your stress levels, physical and mental health are always encouraged, I am not in any way qualified to assess the efficacy of the steps taken in this book and I would be hesitant to recommend this book in those terms. When Lizzie was first diagnosed, she struggled to find biographical or autobiographical accounts following a cancer diagnosis, and wanted to share her story with others who are in that position, or friends and relatives of those who are. I think that Shout it From the Rooftops does what it sets out to, it details a person’s cancer story from their initial diagnosis in a way that shares hope and spreads awareness of radical remission cases.
In 2012 Lizzie Emery was diagnosed with terminalpancreatic cancer. Her chemotherapy was described as 'palliative only'. Eight years on she has regained her full health and strength. In this book she describes in detail her journey of self-healing - and she discovers along the way that many, many terminal cancer sufferers have followed this path. This book has been written to help others who find themselves without warning in a wilderness of fear and the unknown, where there are no signposts, and where the people to whom you turn for help on the way do not always know what to say, or make it clear that they believe you cannot possibly get to where you wish to go. After giving us a brief story of her life up to the time of her illness and diagnosis, Lizzie describes her cancer experience in terms of a journey or pilgrimage. The book is full of tips on lifestyle and ways to enhance physical, mental and spiritual well-being; how to deal with 'toxic' people and events such as a phone message enquiring about your prognosis, being given a book of poems on death, or a disappointing scan result. She does not pretend that the journey is easy or the outcome clear; but shows how those who set out with faith and determination can reach their goal. At the same time; she encourages loved ones and professional health workers to help cancer. sufferers see beyond a dire prognosis and to support them with hope and love.
|Publication date:||31st July 2020|
|Primary Genre||Indie Author Books|