Surviving Cancer – Book Giveaway!


We are giving away a copy of A Survivor’s Guide to Kicking Cancer’s Ass by Dena Mendes. Read this excerpt and leave a comment for your chance to win the book.

Be Selfish

I like to share the following story with many of my clients, especially those with cancer: A woman’s husband had been killed at war, so she was forced to take care of herself and their five children on her own. She tried to stay strong and worked very hard just to survive. One day she came back to her children after a long day looking for work with one fragile egg in her hand.

The children cried with joy when they saw the beautiful egg. They watched their mother crack it open ever so carefully, cook it up, and eat the whole thing herself. They started to cry and asked her, “How could you do that? We’re starving.”

She simply replied, “If you don’t have enough strength to survive, you will all perish.”

Each cancer has its own lessons. In terms of breast cancer, the breast is the mothering aspect of our physical bodies and is by nature giving and nurturing. It is no wonder that so many women with breast cancer are depleted from giving, caring, sharing, making, and fixing everything and everyone around them.

Through this health-awakening process, I hope you’ve discovered that you are all there is. You are the most important person in your life; it would cost a fortune to replace you. In my particular situation, my house would need a full-time cook, babysitter, housekeeper, driver, friend, adviser/psychologist, and doctor/healer. We are all being pulled in a million different directions, be it at work or at home, and this can be very draining.

Reclaiming the ability to live for you might be difficult at first, even if you’re single and don’t have children. There are still people depending on you every day, right? Well, tell them to get lost. For the first time in 15 years, I had to put my husband and children after me. Then if I had enough time and energy to spare after being with my immediate family, I could share myself with friends or clients. I’ve come to take this part of my healing very seriously, and I hope you will, too.

Make sure to take time for you: sleep when you’re tired, eat when you’re hungry, play when you feel light-hearted, and cry when you need to mourn. Find the freedom to develop a new way of life that revolves around you as much as you can.

Excerpted from A Survivor’s Guide to Kicking Cancer’s Ass by Dena Mendes. Published by Hay House.


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Lorilei C.
Lorilei C.3 years ago

This is very timely for me, just had a lumpectomy and reaaalllly do not want radiation.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Ettore Colella
Ettore Colella3 years ago

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. Never, never, never give up! Strength, courage and love go out to all cancer fighters & survivors!

Lisa Z.
Lisa Zamecki4 years ago

I have been battling triple negative breast cancer since January of this year. I have just returned to work after surgery, chemo and radiation. Now the real work begins, changing my lifestyle completely to make cancer unwelcome in my body. I have a wonderful integrative cancer care specialist helping me to achieve this. My mantra has been "Lisa will kick cancer's ass!" and I get alot of supportive comments when my medical providers see the sticker that says that on my binder of records I carry with me to appointments. To Maria, I would say that what my husband did to help me the most was just to be with me. During chemo, I would be so sick and weak that I couldn't even concentrate enough to watch a movie with him, so I would just lay next to him and listen. I felt better with just his presence to reassure me. Also excercise combined with medical marijuana helped me tremendously even though excercise was often the last thing I wanted to do.

Liliana Fonseca
Past Member 4 years ago

I'm in :D

Salla T.
Salla T.4 years ago

I'm in. Surviving a nasty sarcoma has been a huge thing in my life. At some points, I really thought it will kill me, but nope, I was stronger than I imagined. :)

Katarina D.
Katarina D.4 years ago

Cancer isn't something that just happens to us. Cancer doesn't just strike you, an innocent victim, all of a sudden. You have been brewing conditions inside your body for, probably, decades. Prescription drugs, household toxins, food toxins, emotional toxins, vaccination, plastics, environmental toxins, being overwhelmed by life= real causes of cancer. It is curable, however not with medicine or drugs, but with KNOWLEDGE. First of all, you have the power to heal yourself within. If you believe cancer is going to kill you it will. Second of all, there are alternative options to treat cancer naturally without the drugs. People just need to wake up and educate themselves!

Stephanie K.
Stephanie K.4 years ago

We just found out this morning that my mom has breast cancer. Our family is strong and we will pull through this, but this is something my mom needs to read as she has always been the caretaker in our family and never puts herself first. This would be such a wonderful thing for my mother and perfect timing. If I do not win the book I plan to go and buy the book for her as I believe this is a soul lesson and an a gift from God. Thank you and blessings Stephanie

Pe G.
Pe G.4 years ago

I have a friend who is dealing with cancer and going through chemo and radiation at the same time. She is so ill from it and discouraged. I'd give it to her.

Denise Sparrow
Denise Sparrow4 years ago

My friend has been fighting breast cancer for a long time now. She is feeling very discouraged and depressed. She is suffering from a whole slue of bad side side effect from the chemo-therapy that she will have to take for the rest of her allotted time on this earth. If this book could possibly help her cope I would give it to her.