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Sophie Sabbage

The Cancer Whisperer

Both memoir and self-help book, this is the remarkable chronicle of a passage from ‘terminal’ diagnosis to exuberant wellness in just a few months. The Cancer Whisperer reverses our traditional adversarial relationship with cancer by teaching us how to listen to it; how to be healed by it as well as seek to cure it; and how to be emotionally free of illness even when physically curtailed.

Living on the frontier between her fierce will to live and necessary willingness to die, Sophie—now thriving with cancer—shares her journey with searing honesty, unapologetic vulnerability and intelligent pragmatism. Alongside rare insights into a condition now affecting approximately one in three people, she challenges the mental conditioning we need to overcome to redefine our narratives about cancer. As ‘the cancer whisperer’, she offers a groundbreaking practical guide that will encourage cancer patients to:

  • Direct their own treatment while preserving their personhood in a system that tends to see them as patients more than people.
  • Engage with fear, anger and grief in healthy and healing ways instead of toughing it out, trying to be positive or collapsing into despair.
  • Radically shift from being a cancer victim to a cancer listener—to seeing cancer less as a disease than as a symptom of other underlying causes, and engaging proactively with whatever changes it calls on them to make.
  • Discover what the author calls ‘the whispering, the reaching into a well of darkness and finding your hands painted with light’.

Inspired, wise and moving, this book is as unflinching as Lisa Lynch’s The C Word, as uplifting as Kris Carr’s Crazy, Sexy Cancer, and carries us to a new threshold in our relationship with cancer, strengthening our ability to meet it with courage, creativity, gratitude and grace.