As part of the 20th annual World Book Day celebrations we’re sharing some of our favourite reads written to give support, guidance and hope to people affected by cancer.

 

Tea & Chemo: Fighting Cancer, Living Life by Jackie Buxton

At the age of 45, wife and mother Jackie Buxton was diagnosed with breast cancer. Lurching between the crippling fear that the cancer had spread, and the great comfort of knowing she was one of the lucky ones who could be treated, she did what she always does when life presents her with a challenge: she wrote it down.

Jackie quickly realised that even with cancer, life was far from bad. Never known for her scientific prowess, she nonetheless became a 'bit of an expert' - at least in the field of hair loss, water retention and biscuits - and decided to use writing to share experiences and help others recognise you don't have to be defined by your cancer. Tea & Chemo is full of laughter, tears, honesty and hope, and offers inspirational words to everyone facing the life challenges that cancer inevitably brings.

 

Wobbly Jelly, A Journey through cancer by Mark Crompton

At the age of 30 Mark was diagnosed with a form of testicular cancer. This is his story about the journey from discovery through to recovery as seen through his eyes and those of Amanda who was with him every step of the way. His journey is an inspiration and Wobbly Jelly was written in the hope that it will provide an understanding of just what “going through chemo” really means, and perhaps just as importantly how the people around the patient are affected and what they have to cope with it. 

This book will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, feelings of light and dark, sadness and humour, demonstrating the strength of human spirit to overcome cancer.

 

The Cancer Survivors Companion by Dr Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins

Coping with life after cancer can be tough. The idea that the end of successful treatment brings relief and peace just isn't true for countless survivors. Many feel unexpectedly alone, worried and adrift. You're supposed to be getting your life 'back on track' but your life has changed. You have changed.

With reassurance and understanding, Dr Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins help readers deal with the emotional fallout of cancer whether its days, months or years since the treatment ended. Drawing on Dr Goodhart's extensive experience working in the NHS with cancer survivors, this guide is packed with practical and simple self-help tools to tackle issues such as worry and anxiety, depression and low mood, anger, low self-esteem and body image, relationships and sex, fatigue, sleep and relaxation.

 

Living in the Moment by Anna Black

Cancer patients often find that learning to be mindful allows them to enjoy life to a greater extent and helps with relaxation. Living in the Moment by Anna Black is a beautifully illustrated book dedicated to showing you how to pay attention the small moments of daily life.

The book guides you through meditation to allow us to become aware of our habitual thoughts and behaviours and discover which are helpful and which are not. It helps you to learn to listen to the body and pick up warning signs of stress as well as tune in to our inner wisdom.

 

Chemo Cookery Club by Penny Ericson

Chemo Cookery Club is packed with delicious recipes to help make everyday food a positive part of life for people living with cancer. With tempting treats and healthy food ideas, the emphasis is on the nutritional values that can make a difference, but most importantly this is a book that lifts the spirits - especially when food and diet can become a bit tricky. If you or someone you love is going through treatment, this book will help you create delicious meals and snacks that tantalise the taste buds no matter how experienced - or otherwise - you are in the kitchen. 

 

The Can’t Sleep Colouring Book

Insomnia often results due to the stress and anxiety associated with cancer. The Can't Sleep Colouring Book helps to relax you and so soothe away your insomnia. The beautiful patterns will help you to refocus away from anxiety and more toward relaxation.