Life often throws us some epic curve balls that at the time can seem unsurmountable.
How we deal with those situations is unique to us all, but when these situations are as intense as dealing with cancer, surviving domestic abuse or even marching for women’s rights, documenting the experience can be a part of the healing process.
Here we bring you three books that delve into very different topics, but in their own way, help to uplift the spirits of the authors, and those who read them.
Cancer, The Hidden Truth
I know we use this phrase loosely a lot these days, but Charlotte Crowl is truly an inspirational person. Diagnosed with cancer at just 17 and then enduring two years of treatment, her book Cancer, The Hidden Truth is a frank and truthful account of her experiences as a young cancer survivor and everything she went through from the good, the bad and the ugly.
The book offers 150 pages of real life tips and advice and is a must read for anyone who wants to better understand cancer and how it affects the patient and their loved ones.
Freedom of The Phoenix
Today, Chantelle Baker is a mother, author, owner of two businesses, full time university student, works full time and she achieved all of this after surviving domestic abuse.
Her book is a short poetry collection which looks at her encounter with domestic abuse using spoken words to create an impact. It also looks at the different stages of abuse and how she survived it. This book becomes all the more important when you hear the statistic that Black women are almost three times more likely to be killed from Domestic violence than anyone else.
Why We March; Signs of Protest and Hope
On 21 January 2017, more than five million women and men around the world gathered for the women’s march. The book is a collection of 500 photographs taken of the marches across the seven continents and preserves the moment for eternity. The march was about defending reproductive rights, sexual orientation religious beliefs and much more. Summarising the march beautifully, one grandma said: “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit!”
Buy Why We March