“The Oak Tree”
A mighty wind Blew night and day. It stole the oak tree’s leaves away, Then snapped its boughs And pulled it bark Until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground While other trees fell all around. The weary wind gave up and spoke, “How can you still be standing, Oak?” The oak tree said, “I know that you Can break each branch of mine in two, Carry every leaf away, Shake my limbs, and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, Growing stronger since my birth. You’ll never touch them, for you see, They are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn’t sure Of just how much I could endure. But now I’ve found, with thanks to you I’m stronger than I ever knew.”Author unknown
Inspirational Survivor Books
- Remarkable Recovery, By: Hirshberg
- Cancer as a Turning Point, By: Lawrence LeShan
- The Red Devil, By: Katherine Russell Rich; It concerns her battle with breast cancer. It is riveting for anyone who has or had cancer or has a family member with cancer.
- The Journey Through Cancer, By: Dr. Jeremy Geffen
- Kitchen Table Wisdom, By: Rachel N. Remen
- My God I Thought You’d Died: One Man’s Personal Triumph Over Cancer, By: Claude Dosdall & Joanne Broatch
- Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, By: Larry Dossey
- Getting Well Again, By: Carl Simonton
- Head First: The Biology of Hope, By: Norman Cousin
- Our Family has Cancer, Too!, By: Christine Clifford; This book is written from the viewpoint of a child. A sixth grade boy and a younger brother whose mother has breast cancer.
- How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness, By: Katherine McCue; This book is not just theory, it has real children with real parents trying to weather this crisis in their family.
- After Cancer, By: Nancy Harpham Schlessel; Nancy encourages that you look at the test as a affirmation of health. If you imagine the doctor telling you everything is fine after the test, rather than trying to prepare for the worst news, the test becomes less stressful. Great for test anxiety.
- Healing Mind, Healthy Women, By: Alice Domar; This book talks about the stress women impose on themselves. She points out that you can imagine the best possible scenario. Anything you imagine will have absolutely no effect on what happens, but by imagining the worst you are putting yourself through a stressful situation for no reason.