Book of the Day 3/28/23

The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer by Diane M. Simard

(Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational)

Diane Simard will touch your heart, move you to tears, and inspire you to face your fears with sheer tenacity and unrelenting courage. Her book, The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer, blends the self-help and autobiography genres and shares her remarkable story and lifechanging experience surviving cancer.

When she was about to turn fifty, Diane confronted something that would paralyze most with fear – cancer. In the book, she takes readers on an honest, deeply personal, and captivating journey reliving her treatment for late-Stage III breast cancer. Whether or not cancer has impacted your life, you’ll be blown away by her response to this life-changing diagnosis that is both inspiring and deeply human. 

Chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments clearly are physical bulldozers that wreak havoc on the body. However, Diane’s treatment led her to advocate for the often-overlooked psychological impact of cancer.

Diane is the founder of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver. It’s the first specialty in the country that trains graduate-level clinical psychology students how to work with patients, survivors, and caregivers who are confronting the mental burden of life-threatening illnesses. 

You’ll find that her book is written with such honesty and vulnerability – and that is what gives it profound strength. At times it is raw and humorous, and others it is heartfelt and intense, but it remains compelling all the way through. I was hooked from the very beginning and had a hard time putting it down. No matter what you’re fighting, there is so much to learn about life from Diane Simard and her book. I assure you, reading it will change your life for the better.

In addition to reading The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer, you can learn more about Diane and her meaningful work by visiting her website

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