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Becky and the Worry Cup Book CoverBecky and the Worry Cup
Story by Wendy S. Harpham, MD.

This book is an illustrated children's book that tells a story of a seven-year-old girl's experiences with her mother's cancer. This book, along with "When a Parent Has Cancer - A Guide to Caring for Your Children" (see below), provide a plan of action for you and your children to live meaningfully and well when life is at its most uncertain.

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When a Parent Has Cancer Book CoverWhen a Parent Has Cancer — A Guide to Caring for Your Children
Written by Wendy Schlessel Harpham, M.D.

This is a book for families written from the heart of experience. A mother, physician, and cancer survivor, Dr. Wendy Harpham offers clear, direct, and sympathetic advice for parents challenged with the task of raising normal, healthy children while they struggle with a potentially life-threatening disease.

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when_a_parent_is_sick_bookcoverWhen a Parent is Sick — Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children
Written by Joan Hamilton

This book provides parents and other caregivers with suggestions on how to approach children with the information that their parent is seriously ill. There are lots of examples of how and what to say to children and teens.

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The Human Side of CancerThe Human Side of Cancer
Written by Jimmie C. Holland, M.D. & Sheldon Lewis

This book explores the broad range of emotions people with cancer and their loved ones experience from the moment of diagnosis through the treatment and its aftermath. It is a book that inspires hope – through stories of the simple courage of ordinary people confronting cancer. Visit their web site

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Picking Up the Pieces Book CoverPicking Up the Pieces: Moving Forward After Surviving Cancer
Written by Sherri Magee, PhD & Kathy Scalzo M.S.O.D.

This book addresses the difficulties that many patients face after treatment is complete. Now what? How do you pick up the pieces of your life and put them back together? There are no guidelines where to go and how to get there. This book will support you along your recovery journey.

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My So-Call Life Book CoverMy (So-Called) Normal Life
Written by Erin Zammett

Erin Zammett is a cancer patient that was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia when she was 23. This book deals with all the funny, scary, happy and sad moments that occur after you hear the words “You have cancer.” An excellent book, especially for young adults dealing with cancer because this book is written by a young adult and it discusses young adult issues such as fertility, intimacy and relationships.

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Climb Back from Cancer Book CoverClimb Back from Cancer: A Survivor and Caregiver's Inspirational Journey
Written by Alan Hobson & Cecilia Hobson

Three years after reaching the top of Everest, he came face to face with an even bigger mountain: he was diagnosed with acute leukemia…and given less than a year to live. With the help of his fiancée, Cecilia, he not only survived, but thrived, and the couple emerged stronger. The story offers not only a living example of how to climb back from cancer, but demonstrates how to transform adversity into opportunity.  A must read for every patient, survivor and caregiver. Visit their web site at

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It's Not About the Bike Book CoverIt's Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life
Written by Lance Armstrong & Sally Jenkins

7 times Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong tells his story of his journey with cancer. Armstrong’s book is an inspiring story that is truthful and honest. He doesn’t sugar-coat what the difficult moments were like for him, rather he lets us in on his personal battle with cancer.

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