How do you break the news and tell your children that you have breast cancer? This has to be the most difficult thing a mother has to deal with. Author and breast cancer survivor Julie Aigner Clark’s book, You are the Best Medicine, is by far the best book on the topic of breast cancer.
The author chronicles her experience as she explains to her daughter that she has cancer. Watching a parent go through cancer treatment is not something any child should have to endure. The author does an outstanding job showing how her daughter helps nurture her while undergoing cancer treatment.
I love the soft and sweet tone of the book. The author manages to show how both mother and child need comforting in this difficult time. The title of the book speaks volume, as it is a great reminder that love and kindness is by far a very powerful and most important medicine. I love the positive tone of the story too. The author shows that one should never give up on hope, even in a potentially life-ending situation like cancer. This is my favorite part of the book:
“And then I will be well. And I will think of all the happiest times that we have had, like birthday parties and swimming and hide-and-go seek, and I will think of all the happy times we are going to have together tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that.”
This book will make a great gift for family or friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. The soft illustrations bring the delicate story to life. The author gives a portion of the proceeds to UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The center is well known for its pioneering role in developing life-saving cancer treatments. Learn more here.