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Can you imagine being in senior school or college and suddenly learning you have cancer? You thought you had a lifetime ahead of you and the whole world at your feet, but suddenly you're told...maybe not. How would you cope? That's the question that the people in this book had to answer. Each individual tells his or her amazing story, in an honest, first-person voice that provides a depth you would never obtain otherwise. You'll meet Zac York, who tells of climbing Mount Whitney - on crutches - after battling brain cancer. You'll meet Jessica Myers, who had to cope with her boyfriend's callous reaction as she struggled with thyroid cancer. And you'll meet Rob Dooley, who fought brain cancer and was left with major cognitive deficits - including short-term memory loss - but never let that get in his way of obtaining a college diploma and entering graduate school. You'll also get to know and come to love seventeen others, who tell their captivating stories in their own words. It's all here - the struggles, triumphs, friendships, love, breakups, relapses. Twenty unique and fascinating stories with one common theme: childhood cancer.
They'll make you smile, make you cry, and fill you with hope.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 147.32 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 612.35g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765317788
  • 9780765317780

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"Incredibly life affirming and inspirational. I loved it!"--Peter Walsh, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "It's All Too Much!" and "Enough Already"""Perseverance" will move you to tears, teach you to appreciate, and inspire you to persevere." --Tal Ben-Shahar, "New York Times" bestselling author of" Happier" and "The Pursuit of Perfect """Perseverance" puts a very human face on courage and strength. Carolyn and the young people she has worked with are an inspiration to us all." --Gay Hendricks, "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Big Leap" and "Conscious Living""With tremendous respect and grace, Carolyn Rubenstein tells the stories of twenty survivors of childhood cancer -- in their own words. Through these real-life tales of survival, "Perseverance" offers not only great hope to those battling illness or caring for a loved one but also profound insight for all of us seeking to lead a meaningful life."--Daniel H. Pink, "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Whole New Mind"""Perseverance." an inspirational story about the joys of living in the moment, courage in the face of extraordinary challenges and the power of love." --Publishers Weekly"In "Perseverance, " Carolyn Rubenstein has passionately gathered together the stories of childhood cancer survivors, and I am humbled by their courage. These kids have managed to keep their ultimate goals in mind, to find the beauty in every waking hour, and to live to the fullest in the face of a terrifying disease. That so many have gone on to thrive in young adulthood is a testament to their strength of spirit and their indomitable nature. Everyone can learn from these stories and the lessons Carolyn has shared with us. Read this book and be inspired!!"--Jon Gordon, international bestselling author of "The Energy Bus" and "Training Camp""With "Perseverance," Carolyn Rubenstein has given us a powerful and inspirational book filled with amazing stories of childhood cancer survivors. This book will touch your heart with tales of hope, challenge, and survival."--Marshall Goldsmith, "Wall Street Journal" bestselling author of "Succession Are You Ready?" and "What Got You Here Won't Get You There""The lives of the young adults in this book are monuments to strength, courage, and resilience. Carolyn Rubenstein has put together a treasure."--Karen Salmansohn, author of "The Bounce Back Book" and "How to Be Happy, Dammit""A beautiful and inspiring book. Each page is a gentle reminder that life is a gift and every moment should be celebrated and embraced with passion and gratitude. The lessons shared within these pages are not only for those of us who are fighting cancer but for all of us who struggle to live a life with purpose, joy and meaning."--Sandra Magsamen, artist and author of "Living Artfully"""Perseverance" beautifully organizes reminder after reminder that every moment is precious. As a long-time cancer thriver, I would not trade for the resources I was able to tap into by looking at the fragility of my own life. "Perseverance" serves as a tender wake-up reminder that the present is the future we worried about in the past."--Marion Luna Brem, international speaker and business guru, author of "The 7 Greatest Truths about Successful Women"""Perseverance "demonstrates the practical application of "hope" in everyday life. Its true stories of cancer-conquerors will shed new light on what it means to overcome adversity."--Kevin Milne, author of "The Paper Bag Christmas" and "The Nine Lessons"
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About Carolyn Rubenstein

Carolyn Rubenstein has spent most of her life working with children with cancer. At age 14, Rubenstein started "Carolyn's Compassionate Children" (CCC), a non-profit organization that began as a pen-pal program for kids with cancer. In recent years CCC changed focus to providing scholarships to childhood cancer survivors. A native of Boca Raton, Florida, Carolyn Rubenstein is a graduate of Duke University. She began a PhD program in clinical psychology at Harvard University in the fall of 2008.
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