Cancer Is My Teacher

by Lucy O’Donnell

One in eight women in the US and the UK are diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime, and Lucy O’Donnell was one of these women. Cancer is My Teacher is her story, describing how she turned the disease into a positive experience – and hope to leave you with the tools to do the same.

Lucy’s book explores the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of cancer and covers the whole spectrum of the disease – including how to tell the family, the dos and don’ts of communicating with a patient, the side-effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, giving practical advice on how to keep looking your best and even what to pack for surgery.

Cancer is My Teacher offers guidance for anyone in the early stages of diagnosis, in treatment or trying to readjust afterwards. It also helps family and loved ones to understand what they’re going through and, above all, carries a message of hope for everyone touched by cancer.

Cancer is My Teacher is available to purchase via the RAFT website, with all proceeds going to the Life After Breast Cancer Fund, to help improve breast reconstructive surgeries for all women who have undergone a mastectomy.


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‘Lucy O’Donnell has achieved something special in this outstanding book: a commitment to helping cancer sufferers help themselves’
Dr Martin Scurr Daily Mail

‘Cancer is My Teacher gave me a deeper insight into those suffering with cancer and how I could be there for them. It also reaffirmed what I already know to be true: that when life is condensed down to its very essence, there is only love. The human spirit is bigger and brighter and more incredible than we can imagine – Lucy O’Donnell is proof of that’
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Read Lucy’s blog on psychology today 


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