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Stronger than before : take charge of your healing to survive and thrive with breast cancer
2018
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Summary

Welcome to your breast cancer self-care bible.

Stronger Than Before is the book Alison Porter went looking for when she first learned she had breast cancer. It's a practical handbook to guide you - and your friends and family - through every stage of the illness, from early diagnosis to treatment choices, and ultimately to a life beyond cancer.

In this book, you'll discover:
· the different types of breast cancer, what to ask your doctor and how to make the choices that are right for you
· self-help techniques on every level - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - to support you through treatment and recovery
· how to view your illness as a catalyst for post-traumatic growth, and move on with your life with greater meaning and purpose
· your options for reconstruction and how to maintain a cancer-preventative lifestyle
· advice for friends and family, so they can be truly helpful in how they offer you support

Written by a breast cancer survivor and thriver, Stronger Than Before contains invaluable information, guidance and tips, as well as tools and techniques to help you emerge from this life-changing experience healthier, more purposeful and stronger than before.

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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Part IWelcome to Cancerland
Chapter 1The Gathering Stormp. 9
Understanding breast cancer and finding your feminine feistiness
Breast cancer symptomsp. 13
Diagnosisp. 15
Types of breast cancerp. 17
Breast cancer stages and gradesp. 21
The war on cancerp. 27
A new cancer paradigmp. 29
Waking up the feisty femininep. 30
Chapter 2The Eye of the Stormp. 33
Treatment options and how to support yourself through them
Understanding standard treatmentp. 37
Surgeryp. 40
Chemotherapyp. 44
Radiotherapyp. 47
Hormone therapyp. 48
Targeted therapyp. 50
Immunotherapyp. 50
New drug treatmentsp. 51
Complementary therapiesp. 51
Supplementsp. 58
Part IISupercharge Your Healing
Chapter 3No Mud, No Lotusp. 63
Breast cancer as a transformative journey
The cancer personalityp. 68
Breast cancer personality quizp. 69
Self-care basicsp. 75
Chapter 4Embodimentp. 83
Befriending your body and helping it to heal
Nutritionp. 86
Toxic loadp. 96
Exercisep. 101
Supportive therapiesp. 103
A body changed by treatmentp. 104
Chapter 5Emotional Easep. 111
Finding calm and Setting go of the past
Breathing in calmp. 115
Green is the new blackp. 116
Scents and sensibilitiesp. 117
Releasing negative emotions with EFTp. 120
How trauma affects your healthp. 123
Emotional healing supercharges wellnessp. 126
Chapter 6Clarity of Mindp. 135
Easing fear and making good choices
Being mindful, staying in the momentp. 138
Overcoming persistent fearsp. 146
Self-soothing for your inner childp. 149
Journalingp. 150
The Aliveness Oraclep. 152
A word on setbacksp. 156
Chapter 7Soulfulnessp. 159
Making change meaningful and finding purpose
The territory of the soulp. 163
Whole woman reviewp. 165
Your natural rhythmsp. 170
Finding your giftsp. 171
Spiritual practicep. 177
Part IIILiving the Lessons
Chapter 8Lotus in Bloomp. 187
Reconstruction and life after cancer
Reconstructive surgeryp. 190
A post-cancer mindsetp. 197
Making the transitionp. 200
Post-cancer wellbeingp. 203
Chapter 9Conversations for Family and Friendsp. 211
Supporting a loved one through breast cancer
How to be helpfulp. 215
Relationships and breast cancerp. 220
Afterwordp. 233
Referencesp. 235
Acknowledgementsp. 239
About the Authorp. 243
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