100 Perks of Having Cancer by Florence Strang and Susan Gonzales (Review)


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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Health Publications; 1st edition (August 2, 2013)

How often do you hear the words “healthy”, “happy” and “cancer” mentioned in the same sentence?  That is precisely what gives 100 Perks of Having Cancer (Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It) its unique character.  Its authors not only “talk the talk” of living a healthy lifestyle with a positive attitude on the cancer journey, they also continue to “walk the walk”.

Florence’s perks, which are a combination of inspirational and humorous anecdotes, have made her audiences laugh and cry.  Susan’s tips are sought after because of their educational content with a witty twist. Together they provide a valuable resource which will inspire and motivate their readers, while keeping them smiling.

About the authors (from Amazon):

As two different authors, Florence and Susan, we didn’t know one another until Florence got the idea to ask Susan to write a book with her.  It didn’t matter that we lived in two different countries!  So, through the magic of Skype and e-mails, we put together this “Cancer Survivorship Manual”….a “Cancer Rehab” of sorts.  The perks and health tips are written in such a way that you don’t have to read this book cover to cover.  You can skip around, or, as some have chosen to do, open the book to a certain perk and tip for the day and trust that you will be given what you need.  You will find yourself coming back to this book day after day to read more uplifting perks and gain more healthy knowledge.

We write in a fun and lighthearted way that makes this book a pleasure to read.  But it is also filled with hundreds of serious cancer fighting health ideas, recipes, and lifestyle changes you can make very simply, to reduce your risk of cancer.
As health professionals we are continuing our lifelong mission to bring health and happiness to everyone and as cancer survivors ourselves, this is just what we are doing!

See more at the 100PerksofHavingCancer.com!

Florence Strang, (above) B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed, is a Registered Psychologist with 22 years of experience in the areas of Educational Psychology and School Counseling. Florence is the single mom to three great kids, an autism mom, an avid gardener, and a cancer survivor. She attributes her recovery from stage 3 breast cancer to a holistic approach to healing. Not only did Florence embrace traditional medical interventions, such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, she also addressed healing at the levels of mind and spirit. Daily meditation, prayer, visualizations, and forgiveness exercises, all played a key role in her survival plan. Florence’s story of battling cancer with an unwavering faith and an unbeatable positive attitude is told in Woman’s World Magazine © April 2012, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive ©2012. She is an award-winning blogger and the author of the newly released book 100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It (Basic Health Publications, California).

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Susan Gonzalez, RN, BSN, was born in New York and has been and has been helping people get healthy for over 25 years. When she was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 she turned her attention to educating people on how to reduce their risk of cancer using a holistic approach. She earned her plant-based nutrition certification from Cornell University and is the creator of MOON Organics, LLC, a 100% natural skin care company that uses only what nature provides. Her award-winning blog “The Savvy Sister”, has approx. 1 million hits and is entertaining but also teaches people simple “do-able” ways they can reduce their risk of disease while living a happy life. She currently lives in Atlanta Georgia with her husband and two daughters.


These two authors, Florence and Susan, did an amazing job of putting their story out there for all the world to read – and to encourage each of us to be healthy and happy, and to be the best we can be. Their journey is an inspiration to us all. The book is an emotional read, but graced with humor and healthy habits we should incorporate into our daily lives. 100 Perks is inspiring and a true testimony to what we can achieve through education, faith and optimism.

It is a book everyone should read and well worth 5 stars.

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Guest Post for My Life.  One Story at a time.

When I was first introduced to Donna’s blog, I was intrigued by its name:  My Life.  One Story at a Time.  At 47 years old, as I reflect back on my life, I recall the many stories that have become part of me; stories of falling in love, stories of having children, stories of my divorce, and stories of getting cancer, are among the most poignant ones.   Ironically enough, some of my best stories happened to me after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 44.  I would like to share with you one such story, “How Flo Got Her Groove Back.”  You will be surprised to find out how I reconnected with my groove in the most unlikely of places!


Bio:  Florence Strang is a Registered Psychologist and award-winning breast cancer blogger (www.perksofcancer.com).  While undergoing treatments for cancer, she challenged herself to find and blog 100 perks of having cancer, as a way to keep her spirits up.  Little did she know that not only would her writing keep her own spirits up, but also help thousands of others to find hope, humor and inspiration. Her book, 100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It, co-authored with Susan Gonzalez, is available at amazon.com and amazon.ca.

February 5th is World Cancer Awareness Day!


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