Reading for Positive Motivation 

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Reading to Uplift Your Spirit & Educate Your Mind

  Having a positive attitude when one is faced with cancer can, at times, be tremendously hard. Even if you are naturally a positive person, feelings of anxiety and concern are only natural. One great way to uplift your spirit is to read positive, inspirational books. Reading on a daily or weekly basis can help to ensure you maintain a positive attitude and boost your spirit when needed.

  Reading can also be looked as a quiet time to replenish your mind. You can choose to replenish it with positive thoughts but also with new knowledge. Reading about overcoming cancer, healthy living, and/or holistic practices will expose you to new ideas. Reading to learn is empowering to your spirit!

  Sometimes listening to a book via podcast or a compact disc is a better delivery method and is just as effective. As you are driving to a doctor’s appointment, resting on the couch, or receiving a treatment, you can 'play' an encouraging, motivational book and reap the benefits.

Great Books to Consider

Notes from a Friend - Tony Robbins

The Power of Positive Thinking - Norman Vincent Peale

I Declare - Joel Osteen

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff - Richard Carlson

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul - Deepak Chopra

The Gratitude Diaries - Janice Kaplan

The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - Richard Carlson

Radical Remission: Surviving Against All Odds - Dr. Kelly A. Turner

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       Believe me when I say, getting a cancer diagnosis can be a real “punch to the gut”, as my husband Dave says.  We get it.  A cancer diagnosis, quite literally, affects the entire family and not just the ‘diagnosed’. Feelings of anguish, initial helplessness and so many other negative feelings and emotions flood what was just ‘yesterday’ a mind free of these types of thoughts. It makes you confront your own mortality in a very real way.

From the moment we knew something was ‘wrong’ we tried not to allow ourselves to think negatively. My husband and son, my sweet family and my tight inner circle of girlfriends just dripped with positivity. I ONLY read blogs and books that were super inspirational and motivational. There was no reason to read anything else.

      I read lots of Joel Osteen books among many others. A few of my favorites by Joel are The Power of I Am and I Declare. I Declare is a lovely daily devotional that literally spoke to me each morning. I was also given the book, Clean by Alejandro Junger, M.D. from my very best friend. I knew that although something was going on inside me it was most definitely not going to be the end of me. My mind was too strong and I was too committed. As I continued to fill it with positivity, nothing would stop my healing course....nothing. 

    So, find your own inspirational and motivational authors and read! Dedicate time each day, if just a couple of minutes, to immerse yourself in positive goodness. Your body will respond....positively.

                                                                                                  - Lori