In 2008, Los Angeles-based writer and artist Linda Jaques found herself among one of about 20,000 American women diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. Luckily, she survived major surgery, several months of chemo and the cancer – -and then faced the task of healing the damage those conventional treatments caused.
We hear a lot about how hard it is to fight cancer. What’s talked about less is the difficulty of healing from its treatments. For health-conscious and pro-active survivors, life after treatment becomes focused on restoring vitality and wellbeing. It’s a long and incremental journey, different for each patient, in which we’re largely on our own.
Jaques began investigating natural medicine approaches to cancer, because what heals also prevents, and a smart recovery required a comprehensive approach that minimized her risk of recurrence.
Her investigation into so-called “alternative” cancer strategies unexpectedly exposed much about the history and workings of mainstream corporate oncology, whose reassuring tones belie a problematic reality for patients interested in healing and not merely surviving. Re-thinking medicine from this critical standpoint led to a surprisingly hopeful outlook on cancer.
This personal quest resulted in the book Jaques wishes someone had given her the day she was diagnosed. Cancer For The Rest Of Us – A Necessarily Flawed Guide For Epidemic Times, by Linda Jaques, is a compendium of big-picture cancer, covering the key players shaping the cancer industry, the epidemic’s societal impact and dozens of known cancer-fighting substances kept in the dark.
You can explore it at www.cancerfortherestofus.com.