Life, Happiness & Cancer: Survive with action and attitude! By Phil Kerslake New Zealand author Phil Kerslake relates his experiences and insights with warmth, humour and pragmatism. Enlisting the contributions of some of the world’s leading cancer researchers and practitioners, this six-time cancer survivor shows how to use action and attitude to support cancer recovery. This book shows how: • To cope with a cancer battle as you never thought you could • What being a fighter really means • What being an "active patient" involves in practice • To turn faith and hope into verbs and wishes into actions • To convene a life path audit that will feed your will to live • To create a life with more balance, meaning and fulfilment Cover-endorsed by world-renowned US author Susan Jeffers PhD, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Embracing Uncertainty: “Whether cancer is presently part of your life or not, this is probably one of the most important books you will ever read. It is inspiring, informative, courageous, and life-affirming. It is a recipe for a beautiful life and it moved me deeply … as it will you.” Author’s website: www.lifepaths.co.nz
Life, Happiness & Cancer by Phil Kerslake (ISBN 1-877338-87-7). About the Author Phil Kerslake first had symptoms of his lymphoma in 1975 when he was a schoolboy aged 15. Diagnosed when he was 19 with a supposedly terminal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (a cancer of the lymphatic system), he experienced 6 battles over the subsequent 28 years with both Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, making him one of the world's most remarkable examples of cancer survival against the odds. Twice going to stage IV (there is no stage V), he endured in total almost 2 years of chemotherapy, high-dose chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant, 2 radiotherapy regimes and 8 operations including the removal of his spleen. He also utilised a range of complementary and alternative measures (CAM) to strengthen his immune system as he endured the treatments. What he learned about fighting for your life when diagnosed with cancer is that the emotional and psychological challenges are as difficult and often more difficult than the physical. Yet medical systems are not focused on these challenges and so the patient is left to try as best they can to cope, and somehow to remain resilient and hopeful through the most difficult time of their life. Phil Kerslake wrote Life, Happiness & Cancer to show others affected by cancer how the emotional aspects of the challenge can be managed effectively to support physical recovery. The content of his book is the result of almost 30 years of personal experience, research, and enquiry with researchers and medical professionals from all over the world, as well as personal experimentation with the self-help tools and techniques he writes about. Endorsed by the Cancer Society and many other cancer support organisations, this book has received high critical praise, was a bestseller on release and remains a very strong back list seller and by far the most sought-after book at Cancer Society libraries nationally. Phil was New Zealand's 2007 nominee for the international Re-Building Lives Awards convened by Roche Pharmaceuticals in Vienna, Austria. He continues to receive acolades internationally for his unique insights and practical approach to coping with cancer. Today in full remission and living very happily in Wellington, New Zealand with his family, Phil is regularly invited to present to groups of cancer patients and medical professionals at forums far and wide on the concepts from his book.