New, Refreshing, and Heartwarming. Stephanie has found a way to help all of us deal with the demon that has chosen to take us on "The Journey I Did Not Choose" and somehow find a way to recover from it better for having walked the path. Everything you read about recovery from cancer is heavy, serious and almost as traumatic as having the cancer itself as maybe it sometimes needs to be...good nutrition, serious exercise, positive attitude, faith in the unknown, etc., etc. and I believe strongly in all that. However, sometimes there is something to be said for a lighter approach to my misfortune and developing an ability to "lighten up" and free myself from the heavy heart and regimens I am supposed to follow all the time now.
Never advocating a fool-hearty or frivolous approach to our condition, Stephanie has somehow managed to help me allow myself to enjoy my recovery from the "Dance With Cancer" and embark on an authentic, self/me-centered approach to self-healing and recovery...based on discovering the things in my own soul and mind that I can use to build my own wellness and sustainable plan for authentic life-enrichment...drawing upon the resources that I already have: friends, family, nature, pets, faith and my own spiritual fabric.
I followed her advice and first read through the entire book quickly, and am now working my way through the activities slowly and purposefully, making them my own plan and blueprint for wellness and recovery as I go. I am finding it powerful beyond measure as I redeem myself from the clutches of fear and anxiety that cancer had left with me after diagnosis and treatment. I find myself stronger and more self-aware every day, and better able to deal not only with the after-effects of cancer and treatment, but also able to make considered decisions about ongoing treatment and preparation for other obstacles I may have to face with the demon that has so profoundly changed my life forever.
Thank you, Stephanie. I am gifting the book to my sister who was also diagnosed 7 months before me and is also in recovery.