My Cancer Journey – A rendezvous with myself: By Parul Banka
London based Parul Banka has authored this book in which she candidly narrates her encounter with an aggressive grade III breast cancer.
Here is an extract of a review of the book
Although I had a different type of cancer from the author, I found her book useful because we all go through similar emotions. The first half is the author's story and how she was affected by cancer. The second section focuses on (in the author's words) "how I approached my life after cancer –my struggles at the physical, emotional and physiological level, how I coped with the stress, and how I changed with the experience of cancer in important and valuable ways". There are a couple of chapters suggesting practical help – for instance "Some Wonderful Books I read", "How could you help someone going through cancer treatment?", "How can a cancer patient help their family?" – so it is useful from a carer's or a patient's perspective. Parul writes with honesty about her feelings and what she found difficult to accept, so it may be useful to those struggling emotionally.
I like the fact that it is written by an "ordinary" person who went through extraordinary things. Parul writes honestly, caringly and thoughtfully, even when she has difficult emotions. I really like this book; it is a good balance between personal experience and helpful suggestions that would apply to anyone dealing with cancer in some way.
Extract of a review by a Uterine cancer survivor (46-55) (September 2015); reviewed for Macmillan Cancer Support (October 2015)
You can pick up a copy from your local Amazon if you want to know more about her cancer journey. Some Amazon links are:
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