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F*** You Cancer

How to Face the Big C, Live Your Life and Still Be Yourself
Narrated by: Deborah James
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of F*** You Cancer, written and read by Deborah James.

As seen on BBC Breakfast.

You are stronger than you know, more positive than you ever thought, and you can still live with cancer. 

Drink more green juices, eat turmeric, walk for three hours a day.... Arghh, I wanted to scream, run away and tell every well-meaning person to go and do one!! The barrage of cure cancer advice that came my way when I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer was enough to make anyone feel overloaded, let alone at a time when you are trying to get your head around having the Big C at the age of 35! I wanted hope and I wanted to feel normal, to drink wine, buy nice shoes and go to the pub - but all the advice I came across told me to cut out pretty much everything and retreat into my cancer cave.

Whilst this book doesn’t advocate throwing everything down the kitchen sink, it will help you to navigate your feelings through the big C roller coaster, remind you that it’s okay to feel 100 different things in the space of a minute and, most importantly, show you that you can still live your life and be yourself with cancer. 

From diagnosis (welcome to the club you never wanted to join) and surviving chemo through to how to cope with family and friends (can everyone just fuck off sometimes), managing the huge mental roller coaster, looking good (lipstick is your best friend) and feeling better (drink the wine), and celebrating milestones (drink more wine), F*** You Cancer is your uplifting cancer coach in a book. 

Packed with top tips, laugh out loud stories, insider advice and heartwarming case studies it will transform your mood and encourage you to shout #fuckoffcancer as loudly as you can!

©2018 Deborah James (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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When life’s s**t, keep seeing the absurdity

Honest appraisal of the effects of a cancer diagnosis; the author has an advanced bowel tumour, and she’s young, with small children, having previously had what the publicity would call a “healthy lifestyle”. Public Health (and some cancer charities) now like to encourage guilt in those who find themselves in an Oncology Unit (too fat, too sedentary, poor diet, children too late, HRT, enjoying a drink, smoking ever ,etc, etc.) I don’t know how gullible they think we are, quite honestly, since most cancers, like most things in life, result from many factors coming together, and there are many things over which we have no control. The author doesn’t fall for it!
She is open about the bad times, the humiliating symptoms, the fatigue, but manages to enjoy life when she can and share just how absurd some of it is. I’ve always maintained that the greatest disability of all, is the lack, or loss of a sense of humour. So often we can’t control what happens to us, but we can influence our attitude to s**t.
It’s not over till the fat lady sings...
She’s not talking about the present expectation that those who have cancer should be “brave”, heroically “battling”, and, if treatment does come to an end other than death, devote themselves to fundraising, volunteering and dedication to the “cause”, but about grabbing the moment (in good days) tolerating the bad days as well as possible, loving her children and wearing silly shoes and great lipstick.
She is sceptical about “miracle cures”, with good reason; there are always those who will exploit the desperate, those who reject scientific medicine, unfortunately sometimes in very dangerous, and expensive, ways.
In May I joined that club nobody chooses, but at a very junior level, not by age, but by diagnosis/stage, so I have different priorities, mainly avoiding extended treatment which might reduce recurrence risk of cancer while shortening my life, by promoting other diseases common in my family, and impairing its quality for certain. But cancer is not just one disease, but many...

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Every Cancer Patient Should have this Bible!

This should be given out at diagnosis! A must read book. Thank God for Deborah

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Great resource

Great resource for anyone either going through or caring for someone with cancer. I also recommend as a gift for someone that has just been diagnosed.

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Great read!

Loved it very honest and written from the heart. Tapped into seriousness but also humour