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The web Directory of Information Materials for People Affected by Cancer is regularly updated and currently has details of over 1,900 booklets, leaflets, books and audiovisual materials for people affected by cancer. Most have been published in the last five years but we have included some older ones that are still useful.

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Cover image of 'Under cover of darkness. How I blogged my way through mantle cell lymphoma'

Under cover of darkness. How I blogged my way through mantle cell lymphoma (2015)

O-Books (John Hunt Publishing)

Not only is this book an inspiring survival manual for cancer patients, but its humour and objectivity make it a choice read for anyone who enjoys real-life drama and pathos. Diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in 2012 the author resorted to a blog to keep in touch with friends, and unwittingly ended up writing about the good, the bad and the ugly side of cancer, which attracted many followers. Is there a good? Very possibly. Bad and ugly, definitely. There is also an extremely funny side - wry observations that brought humour into an otherwise bleak landscape which included chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. The author is also blessed with a big following from the Mind, Body, Spirit community of which she is a part (including Judy Hall, Anita Moorjani, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki); from this outpouring of expert support came advice on nutrition and alternative therapies which help to make this an invaluable source of information for cancer patients and their carers. (Publisher)

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There's something I've been dying to tell you (2014)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

In 2013 Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Having kept the details of her illness private, now for the very first time Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned. Having been told that she only has a matter of months left to live and writing this in what will be her final days, There's something I’ve been dying to tell you is a brave and brutally honest memoir and yet Lynda also manages to spread her infectious warmth and humour, bringing light to a very dark time. Woven into this very moving and brave story are extraordinary, colourful tales of her acting and family life that will enlighten and entertain as well as the journey that Lynda has taken to find the family of her birth father having already suffered heartache in her search for her birth mother. In the search for her father's family, Lynda finds a family with a history in entertainment showing that acting was always in the blood. Lynda Bellingham was a tremendously gifted storyteller with a rich collection of tales of love, loss and laughter and this book brings her kind heart, courage and emotion to the page in vivid detail. Lynda's story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one but it is so often laugh-out-loud too and ultimately the way Lynda tells her life story will serve as a great inspiration. (Publisher)

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The small things that make all the difference. Hints and tips written for people affected by myeloma by people affected by myeloma (2014)

Myeloma UK

This booklet contains a collection of hints and tips, quips and anecdotes from myeloma patients, their carers and families about their experiences of myeloma, its treatment and much more. 

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POG. Weathering the storm (2014)

Mereo Books

When Samantha received the devastating news that she had a cancer that was difficult to treat - in fact, the treatment itself might be fatal - she had to make some difficult choices about how to try and survive. Her story is full of pain, laughter and hope. Surrounded by her young children and supported by her husband, stepson, close family and friends, Samantha was able to overcome her illness through a mixture of conventional and unconventional treatments, some large leaps of faith and some very fortunate timing. She believes that with a combination of meditation and Eastern medicines she was able to put off further chemotherapies until Western science procured an answer. POG is a big thank-you letter to those who helped her on her journey. (Publisher)

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Breast cancer. A journey from fear to empowerment (2014)

Britain’s Next Bestseller

If you're unfortunate enough to get breast cancer, the first question you may ask yourself is, 'Why me?'; Cath Filby asked herself the same question seven years ago when she was diagnosed. A double mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy, complementary therapy and reconstruction, using tissue from her stomach, followed. But this wasn't the end because Cath decided to write about her experiences in the hope that she could help others going through cancer to understand that, with faith, determination, support and an open mind, the journey through breast cancer can be far more bearable than you think. Cath describes each element of her treatment with a no-holds-barred approach but intersperses her story with a sprinkling of humour and more than a small dose of hope. (Publisher)

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Colour me in (2014)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Lori fills every piece of paper in the house with tropical scenes, covers her head and face with flowers and even paints a sea-scape on her mother-in-law's dining room walls. Life-affirming and uplifting, Colour Me In is a story of serious illness, the edges of sanity and the transforming power of art. It's about what can happen when crisis strikes and the life you have carefully stitched together comes apart at the seams. When all the relationships you treasure - with your partner, your children, your friends - are challenged. Lori finally connects with the one person who knows her most intimately, someone she has almost forgotten - herself. Through art, friends and a journey of discovery, Lori finds her way to healing a life which has been cruelly interrupted, to make something new, whole, better and as wonderful as her paintings. (Publisher)

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The cancer Olympics (2014)

Self-published using Friesen press

Diagnosed with a late-stage cancer, after years of bungled and inadequate medical attention...and then to discover that the best-practice chemotherapy is not available in your province. After her delayed diagnosis of colorectal cancer, Robin McGee reaches out to her community using a blog entitled "Robin's Cancer Olympics." Often uplifting and humourous, the blog posts and responses follow her into the harsh landscape of cancer treatment, medical regulation, and provincial politics. If she and her supporters are to be successful in lobbying the government for the chemotherapy, she must overcome many formidable and frightening hurdles. And time is running out. . . A true story, The Cancer Olympics is a suspenseful and poignant treatment of an unthinkable situation, an account of advocacy and survival that explores our deepest values regarding democracy, medicine, and friendship. www.thecancerolympics.com (Publisher)

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What a blip. A breast cancer journal of survival and finding the wisdom (2014)

Soul Rocks

It isn't what happens to you, it's what you do when it happens. Through the trauma of breast cancer Alicia Garey came out of the writing closet to share her experience and how she restored her balance. Facing the challenges of motherhood, running an interior design business while also being a wife, daughter, sister and friend, Alicia celebrates the gift of life through a new lens, and finds the joy by seeing the light in her darkest hours. Alicia dedicates her story to all of us who have or will face a terrifying life challenge. As far as she can tell, the challenges do indeed come our way, and we learn from them. (Publisher)

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A brain tumour's travel tale (2014)

Lulu.com

This is the diary of Claire Bullimore, who was diagnosed at the age of 25 with a life-threatening intraventricular meningioma, in other words a brain tumour the size of a grapefruit! It is not always easy for a person on the outside to see what is really happening to someone affected by a traumatic experience such as this. The book shows the true emotion of someone dealing with the hardships of a brain tumour, surgery, recovery and then the scars inside and out. Written as a series of diary entries you will feel like you are there on the journey. There is love, friendship and courage - you will cry, laugh, find things you didn't know before. This book can help families and friends or other outsiders to see what a brain tumour survivor really wants you to know. (Publisher)

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The iceberg. A memoir (2014)

Atlantic Books

In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife. In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts describes the eighteen months leading up to her partner's death. This book is an account of a family unit, man, woman, young child, under assault, and how the three of them fought to keep it intact. Written with extraordinary narrative force and power, The Iceberg is almost shocking in its rawness. It charts the deterioration of Tom's speech even as it records the developing language of his child. Fury, selfishness, grief, indignity and impotence are all examined and brought to light. Yet out of this comes a rare story about belonging, an 'adventure of being and dying'. This book is a celebration of each other, friends, family, art, work, love and language. (Publisher)

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