But Hope is Longer : Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer

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A different breast cancer story - a survivor's account of how she straddled the worlds of mainstream and complementary medicine, and the team that helped her.

Diagnosed with breast cancer, Tamara Levine wrote the first of eleven letters she would send to friends and family throughout her “year from hell”. In them she shares the horrors, minefields, startling paradoxes and unexpected joys of her healing journey. Confronted by the daunting labyrinth of the cancer care system, Tamara tried to bring together the often conflicting worlds of mainstream and complementary medicine. More than a memoir, she brings us the voices of her health care providers: her oncologists, surgeon, naturopathic doctor and life coach. They share their expertise, why they choose to do this work, how they cope with the inevitable losses and their hopes and visions for cancer care. But Hope is Longer offers insight, compassion, and strategies that individuals and families struggling with cancer will find invaluable.

Praise & Recognition

Like a gentle and wise friend who has just returned from a trip to hell, Levine beckons readers to pull up a chair, sit tight, and learn from her experience. If you are living with the fear that "this could happen to me," Levine's story gives you a chance to understand what she calls the country of breast cancer...Levine's ability to be emotionally honest makes the telling [so] compelling. Healthwise Ottawa
With strength and wisdom for those who are facing this ordeal themselves, "But Hope is Longer" is a must for any memoir collection focusing on cancer and seeking to conquer it. The Midwest Book Review
The very best of books stay with the reader and may even influence how they live their lives. As an ongoing cancer patient, I was very moved by But Hope Is Longer. Glebe Report
But Hope Is Longer is compulsively readable, full of clear, useful advice and includes the perspectives of those who spend their days thinking about how to better care for cancer patients. More than a breast cancer memoir, this is a book that everyone will want to read. Glebe Report
Levine’s story speaks to all women with breast cancer – and to those who love them. And, while everyone’s breast cancer journey and care-management varies, Levine, with her pioneering spirit, offers an inspiring example of what is possible while “navigating the country of breast cancer.” Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
(A) thoughtful, well-written, informative and essential book, not just for those who have had cancer, but also for any of us who believe that we too could be next. Outlook Magazine
A must-read resource for oncology healthcare providers and for those diagnosed with cancer, as well as their friends and family. Herizons Magazine
There is much good advice in this memoir, written with compassion and understanding, and it would be helpful to both those diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness, as well as those whose loved one has received such a diagnosis. Jewish Independent
The book is both intensely personal and reflective, as well as being extremely practical and helpful... Thank you, Tamara Levine, for writing a book for our times, one that is right for and reflective of the second decade of the 21st century. Canadian Women's Health Network


Publication Date: October 22, 2012

Genre: Adult Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 282

ISBN: 978-1-926920-89-4

Tamara Levine

About the Author

Tamara Levine

Tamara Levine is an adult educator and literacy activist who worked with unions and employers on workplace literacy and clear language initiatives across Canada. Her first book But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer was published in 2012. The Warmest Blanket in the World is her first book for children.
Retired from her job in labour education, Tamara is now a grandmother with a passion for memoir writing. She lives in Ottawa with her family. 
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