The biggest battle of Ruth Levine's life was her battle with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Her totally unexpected, punch-me-in-the-gut diagnosis reached her just as she completed intensive change-in-career studies as an Occupational Therapist (OT). Imagine her surprise when she had to face a barrage of tests and treatment that just kept going.
In this 150-page book from 2011, Ruth tells you her detailed story of her battle with cancer, but the warrior in her would not relinquish control of her body. She welcomed chemotherapy, viewing it as a positive force, and visualized it slashing the cancer cells whenever it entered her body. She bravely fought each obstacle as she was confronted with it and forged on to victory.
This is a book about perseverance, courage, and a strong positive mental attitude. Ruth wisely tapped into the support of friends and family to enhance her courage. Instead of giving up, Ruth used exercise, Reiki, prayer, and God to stay away from the "victim" mentality and to tune into her body's natural healing defense system.
In 1973, my mother passed away from her colon-cancer battle, so I can imagine only a small part of what Ruth endured. Cancer treatment is more advanced now, but as you will see, Ruth still went to Hades and back. She gave it everything she had, where many others would likely have given up. This is one amazing lady!
As a Reiki Master, I am happy to see that Ruth found the peace and love in Reiki during the time she needed it most - or, did Reiki find Ruth? ". . . It occurred to me that Reiki, meditation, and prayer were all related, in that they were ways for us to communicate with and feel the presence of G-d. . ." - - soooo very eloquently said. Folks who have not experienced Reiki cannot begin to understand this connection. (The quickie explanation is that Reiki is hands-on healing, an alternate healing modality done by moving energy through the body and attempting to clear energy blockages. Many Reiki practitioners call upon God to guide this energy through their client. Many clients report visuals and a profound sense of peace.)
This book is significantly detailed and may either help or scare a cancer patient, depending on the will of that particular patient. Keep in mind the individual personality before giving this book to an active patient. This book may be useful to those who work with a patient or who are friends or family of a patient, to help them understand and provide support.