Favorite Books from the BCRC Library – Breast Cancer Resource Center Blog

Favorite Books from the BCRC Library

The holidays are a great time to curl up with a good book and the BCRC has some recommendations.

BCRC Book List

All of these wonderful books are available through the BCRC Library. Please call us at 805-569-9693 if you would like to reserve one. We hope you enjoy one or all of these great books. There is something for everyone from personal stories, nutrition, inspiration, help for husbands, and even breathing. These are some of our favorites at the BCRC and we hope you enjoy! Wishing you a happy, healthy and cozy holiday season!

A Matter of Seconds
By Carmen G. Ortiz

A Matter of Seconds by [Carmen G. Ortiz]

About the book: “Smart and fiercely independent, thirty-seven-year-old Luna Rivera had it all. She was fresh out of grad school—officially a PhD. Her team, the Oakland A’s were in first place, and it was only two months into the season. Plus, she was in love. And then . . .”

Author, Carmen Ortiz is the founder and Executive Director of Circulo de Vida Cancer Support & Resource Center in San Francisco http://www.circulodevida.org/  .  Carmen also created a peer-support cognitive-behavioral program for Spanish Speaking women “Companeras” to paired survivors with newly diagnosed patients.  BCRC received a grant from Carmen’s organization to participate in this program: Nuevo Amanecer (A New Dawn) is a 10-week cognitive-behavioral stress management program for women with breast cancer. The cognitive part focuses on skills for changing unhelpful thoughts to improve mood.  The behavioral part focused on relaxation techniques. 

Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer 
by Hollye Jacobs

About the book: “As a healthy, happy thirty-nine-year-old mother with no family history of breast cancer, being diagnosed with the disease rocked Hollye Jacobs’s world. Having worked as a nurse, social worker, and child development specialist for fifteen years, she suddenly found herself in the position of moving into the hospital bed. She was trained as a clinician to heal. In her role as patient, the healing process became personal.

Exquisitely illustrated with full-color photographs by Hollye’s close friend, award-winning photographer Elizabeth Messina, The Silver Lining is both Hollye’s memoir and a practical, supportive resource for anyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer.

Looking for and finding Silver Linings buoyed Hollye from the time of her diagnosis throughout her double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and recovery. They gave her the balance and perspective to get her through the worst days, and they compose the soul of the book.”

Author Hollye Jacobs lives in Santa Barbara and in addition to writing her popular blog The Silver Pen, Hollye also contributes to The Huffington Post, BreastCancer.org, Susan G. Komen, and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Army of Women Blog. Hollye is a respected expert in the field of women’s health and wellness, and has appeared on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts, Dr. Phil, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday (as a feature), and The Doctors, to name a few. She has also been a regular contributor to Huffington Post since 2011.

Blueberries & Broccoli: A Scientist’s Guide to Improving Your Odds with Cancer 
by Dr. George Ayoub

Blueberries & Broccoli: A Scientist's Guide to Improving Your Odds with Cancer by [George Ayoub]

About the book: “This book allows you to improve your odds with cancer: to reduce the chance of developing cancer and increase the chance of surviving it. The book is written for a general audience, and it has the wisdom gleaned from many years of research. A significant advantage of this book is that the author is also a good teacher, and so the content is current and unbiased, and the format is readable and direct. The book gives you the knowledge of what to do and the encouragement to do it.This book looks at readily available means to blunt cancer, and provides an encouragement toward lifestyle methods you can choose to reduce disease, pointing out that the things we do outweigh the genes we are born with.”

Author, Dr. George Ayoub is an author, scientist and educator, experienced in biomedical research and higher education. He has taught about 10,000 students at colleges and universities, and is appreciated for his ability to make things clear for all audiences. He enjoys word plays, gardening and teaching. His research has identified natural foods that protect our bodies from disease and improved the health of people. Dr. Ayoub is on the steering committee for Rooted Santa Barbara and discussed nutrition and healing foods as part of the BCRC Pink Week.

Bald Is Better with Earrings: A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer 
By Andrea Hutton

About the Book: “The breast cancer guide every woman needs for herself, her best friend, and her sister—a warm, practical, relatable handbook, that dispels the terror, taking you step-by-step through the process, from diagnosis to post-treatment.

When Andrea Hutton was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to know everything. She voraciously read books, articles, and websites and talked to everyone she knew. But nothing prepared her for what the surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation would feel like. Were there tricks that could ease her pain and discomfort? What was “fatigue” and how would it affect her? At what exact moment would her hair fall out and how? Hutton wanted what she could not find: a clear how-to guide for the cancer girl she had become.”

Author, Andrea Hutton is a former client and supporter of the BCRC. Andrea Hutton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 at the age of forty-one and is now a critically acclaimed author, speaker and wellness expert. Her work on breast cancer and women’s wellness has been featured in such varied outlets as: The Washington Post, Women’s Health and Psychology Today. As a breast cancer survivor, and advocate who has “been there, had that” Andrea Hutton is on a mission to empower and educate women on how to take charge of their own health. Andrea lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband, two children and two dogs and when she’s not writing, she can often be found walking on the beach collecting sea glass. You can visit her website at http://www.andreahutton.com

Husband’s Guide to Breast Cancer: A Complete & Concise Plan for Every Stage
By Todd Outcalt

About the book: Most of the more than a quarter of a million women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year will be married, or have a man who will fill the gap as a support partner from diagnosis, to treatment, and beyond. Husbands Guide to Breast Cancer is a reference guide for men who are looking for an easy-to-understand and practical resource for every stage of the journey. This book provides help at a glance for those who need solutions in a hurry but is also complete enough to deepen a man’s understanding of breast cancer and inspire his role as caregiver. Filled with first-person accounts from real men who have walked the walk, as well as quick tips in each chapter, this book speaks to the practical side of a man’s care and reveals how he can use his strengths to help the woman he loves.

Author, Todd Outcalt is the author of thirty books in six languages. He lives in Brownsburg, Indiana with his wife and enjoys hiking, kayaking and speaking to groups.

The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work 
By Donna Farhi

The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work by [Donna Farhi]

About the book: Internationally renowned yoga instructor Donna Farhi presents a refreshingly simple and practical guide to reestablishing proper breathing techniques that will dramatically improve your physical and mental health. Complete with more that seventy-five photos and illustrations, The Breaking Book offers a thorough and inspiring program that you can tailor to your specific needs. Whether you need an energy boost or are seeking a safe, hassle-free way to cope with everyday stress, you will find answers here.

These safe and easy-to-learn techniques can also be used to treat asthma, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, arthritis, chronic pain, and other debilitating conditions.

Author, Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 40 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought after guest teachers in the world leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally.

Considered the “teacher of teachers,” her approach to Yoga is informed by the refinement of natural and universal movement principles that underlie safe and sustainable Yoga practice. This concentration on fundamental principles allows students of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic Yoga practice.

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