Inner Fire

Reviewer: James Metz, MD
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: February 1, 2002

inner fire Authors: Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD and Isadora R. Rosenbaum
Publisher: Plexus
ISBN: 1-889762-12-1

OncoLink Rating: 2 Stars

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Inner Fire is an inspiring view of life through stories from those that have faced a life-threatening illness. Ernest H. Rosenbaum is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California. As an oncologist he has written numerous books related to communication and the cancer patient. Isadora R. Rosenbaum is a medical assistant with experience in immunology and the psychosocial support of cancer patients. She has teamed with Dr. Rosenbaum to write numerous helpful books for cancer patients.

Inner Fire contains a variety of uplifting stories from people that have faced life-threatening situations. Most of the stories come specifically from cancer patients. The authors state "we believe that when you read the experiences of these people, written in their own words, you will agree that we all have an untapped potential for emotional and spiritual strength that enables us to endure." The authors have noted a number of similarities in those people that endure life-threatening illnesses with the will to live. The factors noted include hope, faith, attitude, determination, the love of life, courage, luck and chance, the ability to cope, a support system, goals, and appropriate medical care. It is hoped the readers can tap into the experiences of others and find some of these factors within themselves.

The book will tap into every emotion as the reader progresses through the stories. You will read about the challenges experienced by breast cancer patients climbing the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, survival in a POW camp, and finding hope when all seems lost. Once faced with a life-threatening situation, many of the contributors found their lives were put in perspective and they were able to address and enjoy "the important things in life."

Inner Fire is very difficult to put down once you begin reading. It well written and directly from the hearts of its contributors. It is highly recommended by OncoLink.


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