How to Find Joy while Facing Cancer: Author’s story of courage and hope emphasizes importance of Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Author Christopher Foster reveals how a routine colon cancer screening saved his life, shares his journey as a cancer survivor, and offers advice on how cancer patients can overcome fear and find inner peace in his new book, “The Upside of Cancer.”
“Cancer is a terrifying illness, yet it can lead us to a new life. I learned that when we suppress fear, we suppress joy; but when we face fear, our joy increases. It may sound strange, but I’m happier now than I have ever been.”
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer knows the gut-wrenching fear this diagnosis can bring. That’s particularly true for people diagnosed with colon cancer, the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. and the second leading cause of death from cancer.
But while one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, with screening and early detection, over 90 percent of patients survive.
Christopher Foster is a colon cancer survivor and author whose story about how a routine screening saved his life--and how he found joy in the face of cancer--was published recently in “Stories of Hope” on the American Cancer Society website.
After a surprise diagnosis of colon cancer in 2013, Foster decided to write a book about his experiences of fighting cancer and what he learned in the process.
“Cancer is a terrifying illness, yet it can lead us to a new life,” says Foster. “I learned that when we suppress fear, we suppress joy; but when we face fear, our joy increases. It may sound strange, but I’m happier now than I have ever been.”
His new book, “The Upside of Cancer” (Singing Spirit Books), is an encouraging pocket guide that helps cancer patients overcome fear and find inner peace. http://amzn.to/1KmLV4L
Foster writes about overcoming adversity with remarkable cheerfulness and honesty. He demonstrates, with stories from his own life, how cancer can help us face the fear of death, find solace in stillness and listen to the wisdom of our own heart.
“An eye-opening and heart-opening gift to anyone struggling with a cancer diagnosis" ─ Gail Brenner, Ph.D., author of “The End of Self Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life.”
“Everything changed for Christopher Foster when he began to see cancer not as an enemy, but as a teacher.” — Harold G. Koenig, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Centre
“This uplifting look at one man’s journey with cancer offers a spark of hope to so many others.”— Larry Krantz, MD
About Christopher Foster:
Christopher Foster was born in London, and has been a writer ever since he wrote his first story as a child during the Blitz in WWII. Now in his 80s, he is a former reporter and editor who has worked on newspapers and magazines in London, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), New Zealand, and Victoria, British Columbia during his long and varied life.
Foster is author of seven inspirational books, including “The Secret Promise of Aging.” His first book, “The Raven Who Spoke with God,” has been published in ten foreign language editions. Chris lives in Denver, Colorado and writes about finding joy in the face of cancer on his blog, http://www.thehappyseeker.com.
“The Upside of Cancer”
Singing Spirit Books
Published July 2015
Trade paperback, 56 pages
Amazon book page: http://amzn.to/1KmLV4L
Kindle e-book, $4.99
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