WOW! Wonderful reviews…

by Julie Parker on December 3, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars
Not Just Another Book About Alternative Medicine
By Tess on November 27, 2016
This book was surprising on many levels. What I was expecting: A treatise on New-Age vs. conventional medical treatments for cancer. Granted, there is a little of that (backed up with actual science, not just woo). But there is so much more. While I haven’t been scared away from chemotherapy forever, I have been persuaded that if I were ever faced with such a choice, I would seriously consider options beyond the conventional ‘slash/burn/poison’ approach.

But the surprise is that this is not really a book about treating or healing from cancer. It’s a book about healing your life, period.

The deeply personal lessons that Julie so courageously shares with us are applicable to any situation in which we are faced with situations beyond our control — events that are so overwhelming that it feels like our lives will never be the same. A diagnosis of cancer is just one example of such a situation.

Julie’s touching, humorous, and occaionally serious account of her experience dancing with cancer shows us how to hold ourselves open to the healing power of the Earth as well as all the human and animal healers in our midst. We would all do well to follow her example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Finding Joy
By Amazon Customer on November 12, 2016
Verified Purchase
The author Julie Parker is a relative…a first cousin…and I am familiar with many of the details of the story she tells in this wonderful, optimistic book about having cancer, making really difficult decisions about how to treat it, all the while being essentially alone and having little, often no, money.

I recommend the book to anyone facing any difficult situation…it doesn’t have to be cancer at all…Julie confronts her life and makes decisions, and accepts the outcome… all as part of a bargain she made with herself.

It’s a story of courage, written with humor, providing details that assures the reader of its touching authenticity and the author’s relentless determination to find joy in her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
By Priestley C. Ford on November 16, 2016
What I liked most about this book is the author’s dry wit and self-deprecating humor that help reveal so much about her. She writes beautifully — gorgeous, expressive, funny — and I like how her editor Whitman becomes part of the story in just the right places. The author says Whitman helped her dig deeper, and she does indeed lay herself bare. It’s gut-wrenching at times, and just when you feel you can’t take much more rawness, she brings you back around to show the blessings of this introspection. Ms. Parker has indeed “flipped the script” on cancer and treatment. I admire her accomplishments, even without enough money to achieve all of her goals to the fullest. She provides a gold mine of resources — enough reason alone to have her book. I’m not sure I could completely eschew Western medicine if I am ever diagnosed with cancer, but I would reach for this book again to think deeply and thoroughly about my choices. I like that Ms. Parker doesn’t claim perfection — still falls for sodas and other sugary treats on occasion and forgives herself. Not to be missed is the wonderful chapter toward the end, ” I lost my Mother in the Backseat of my Car.” Sublime!
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5.0 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2016
Thank you, Ms. Parker, for writing this book and for having the guts to put it out there for all of us who feel the same way and can’t for whatever reason voice our objections to the medical establishment, the cancer industry and the manic-confrontation mindset our society perpetuates. In addition to being very informative, this book is downright funny and uplifting–which is really saying something, given its topic. Brava!
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5.0 out of 5 stars
By Computer Guy on December 3, 2016
A breath of fresh air in this arena that is so very loaded with gravitas and tales of woe.

Julie refuses to see this as a “battle” with cancer (maybe more of a battle with the well oiled medical machine) and, even though the odds were against her, she seems to have “won”. In the process, she has learned so many lessons about herself, the meaning of joy, the meaning of life itself and she has visited beautiful inner spaces, all the while beating the odds.

We should all be so focused and purposeful as we go about our daily lives and we should all be so lucky.

Thank you, Julie, for this courageous, funny insight and a good road map for people with a so-called “terminal” illness, as well as people that are not ill yet. The insights contained this book may, in fact, prevent such afflictions (but of course this claim has not been evaluated or endorsed by the FDA, the JAMA, the EPA (add your own alphabet-soup here and, most assuredly, not by Big Pharma!). .

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