If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, then this book is for you! It also makes a great gift for anyone who is recently diagnosed or undergoing cancer treatment.
By Britta Aragon
When Cancer Hits is your complete guide to navigating all the changes you’ll experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living. Whether your future includes surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, you’ll need to know how to best manage your side effects, stress, and home recovery—and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.
Inside, you’ll discover how to:
• Implement proven solutions for mouth sores, nausea, radiation burns, fatigue, dry skin, neuropathy and more.
• Create your own personal hair-loss plan, and find the solution that fits your style.
• Manage stress, anxiety, worry and despair.
• Complement your treatment with the proven benefits of acupuncture, reflexology, massage and meditation.
• Protect yourself from personal care and housecleaning products that contain potentially carcinogenic ingredients—and learn what products are safe to use.
• Treat and conceal redness, rashes, swelling, scars and skin discoloration.
With real-life stories from survivors plus advice from doctors and experienced health experts, When Cancer Hits delivers life-changing information on how to care for your body, boost your immune system, encourage your own healing, and nurture your soul while on the road to recovery.
“This is the book I wish I had for every patient diagnosed with cancer. It fills the void between the diagnosis and the journey onward. A great blueprint for how to cope with the journey from choosing safe personal care products to addressing all the changes that your skin and body will go through to managing side effects.” - Madeline Krauss, M.D.
The story behind the helpful guide: When Cancer Hits
Hearing the words “you have cancer” is a devastating blow to 4,191 people in the US every day*. WHEN CANCER HITS author, Britta Aragon, was only 16 years old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease. Eight years later, when her father was diagnosed with colon cancer, she sought solutions for the difficult side effects he suffered on his hair, skin and nails, but was disheartened by the lack of straightforward information or effective solutions.
Unfortunately, her father passed in 2007 and Britta made it her mission to honor her father’s legacy. In doing so, she founded CincoVidas – a robust blog, interactive community and soonto-be-launched portfolio of safe skincare solutions, inspired by her firsthand experience, painstaking research and personal passion to help others along the cancer journey. WHEN CANCER HITS represents Britta’s personal missive, a comprehensive guide that walks readers through the moment of diagnosis towards recovery – offering life-changing, proven solutions culled from the top medical experts and survivors themselves for how to care for one’s body, boost the immune system, encourage healing and nurture the soul when cancer hits.
As a cancer survivor, caregiver, advocate, skincare specialist and makeup artist, Britta wrote WHEN CANCER HITS to address the looming “what now?” dilemma for newly diagnosed. The book breaks down and delivers answers beyond standard medical treatment, offering “been there, done that” suggestions, care strategies and inspirational wisdom to help support the treatment process and beyond. Topics tackled, with the input of cancer survivors and health care experts, include:
• Alleviating the side effects of cancer treatment
• Addressing the unique needs of compromised skin, hair and body during treatment
• Managing stress and worry through introspection and coping strategies
• Protecting an already chemically bombarded body from toxic overload
• Emerging from treatment with positivity and commitment to health and recovery
Alternative care therapies, diet changes, a new approach to daily grooming, replacing personal care and household products with non-toxic solutions, even a fresh look at the relationships in one’s life, are explored as ways to help manage cancer’s impact and prevent recurrence.
Practical advice is peppered with inspiring anecdotes from Britta’s own experiences as well as those of fellow cancer survivors making WHEN CANCER HITS a must read for anyone preparing for a victorious fight against cancer.
“This book is a tangible extension of all the information I’ve gleaned, the conversations I’ve had with others along the cancer journey, and my own experience as a cancer survivor, caregiver and advocate,” said Britta Aragon. “My goal is to encourage people to be extra kind to their bodies, minds and souls during what can be a very difficult time… Self-care is where the healing starts.”
Britta Aragon has also developed the CV Skinlabs product line for skin care during cancer treatment. You can purchase the CV Skinlabs products on our website. Click here to view the CV Skinlabs products.
When Cancer Hits is a Women’s Voices for the Earth Book Selection.