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Inspiring books after cancer

You know, reading is a really important part of trying to find peace as a cancer survivor. There are so many inspiring books and so many great authors that it’s really hard to know which ones you should start with first.

I chose three books that have really been instrumental in my development as a new survivor. Each one brings a different mindset and a different set of principles to the table.

Mindest: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck Ph.D.

The first one is the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. This book has probably been one of the most influential books that I’ve read in the past decade. She is a professor at Stanford and has done a lot of research on the ins and outs of children and how they react to learning situations. She breaks down the mindset into two different categories. A growth mindset and a fixed mindset. For whatever reason, this book really struck a chord with me in understanding fears and feeling. It helped me understand certain situations and circumstances in my life. It helped me realize triggers that I go through when I am in stressful situations and have to make tough choices.

Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose to the Power of Words by Kevin Hall

The second book is called Aspire! Discovering your purpose to the power of words by Kevin Hall. He goes through 11 words and their meanings through the travels of which he had done. It breaks down words like Pathfinder, passion, humility, inspire, and integrity. Then adds meaning to them not only through definition but also interpretation through his travels. I really love this book because it came at a pivotal time when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after cancer. Kevin gave me a copy of this book at a private speech s in Utah that I attended. This was a such an inspiring book for me at a time when I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life.

Internal Architect: A Memoir About Survival and my Path to Find Peace by Todd Franzen

And the third book is internal architect. Obviously this book is close to my heart as there was a lot of inspiration that happened to write it. The book is set up to be a blueprint for new survivors seeking peace after going through their cancer experience. The first part of the book as a memoir that helps set the stage for my cancer experience. The second part of the book is the blueprint that I created as a new survivor trying to find answers while living in remission.

All three of these books are great and have a good wisdom to pull from. It’s important to take time and read to help keep your mind learning and growing. Reading has made a world of diffrence when it comes to battling chemo brain. It’s awesome to see and feel the progress as time goes on.

What are your three favorite books right now?

Get these books because they are great ones to have in your personal library.

About the Author

Todd Franzen is a Stage 4 Lymphoma Survivor. Living in Breckenridge Colorado

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