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Sophie Sabbage The Cancer Whisperer

January 31, 20174 min
Of all lifeshocks, cancer is perhaps one of the most ubiquitous—touching friends, relatives, parents, and even ourselves at some point in our lives. Physical devastation aside, maintaining one’s personhood and dignity through treatment is one of the most daunting challenges. At age 48, happily married and the mother to a four-year-old daughter, author Sophie Sabbage was diagnosed with late-stage, “terminal” lung cancer. She was shaken to her core. She was given leaflets about how to cope with chemo, what to expect from the side effects of treatment, and how to tell her daughter she was going to die. But no one explained how to deal with the rage, hopelessness, terror, and grief. Determined to engage with cancer in a transformative way, she set out on researching and writing The Cancer Whisperer. This is not a book about how to cure cancer. This is a book about how to cure the fear of cancer—challenging the “battle with cancer” narrative, it is about living with cancer while coming to

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