I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients


I compiled the anthology I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients with 42 dedicated authors who are living with cancer, be it their own diagnosis or that of someone they love.


I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients is a powerful book for the newly-diagnosed patient, for those who are going through treatment or have entered remission, and for everyone else in the world as well. My amazing daughter-in-law, Carrie Baum, said, “This book is not about cancer. It is about living well.”

We bring hope and courage to patients when they need inspiration, when they are newly diagnosed, when they are feeling the loneliness and fear and anger and loss that go hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis, when they need comfort and a warm heart and a hand to hold.


Purchasing copies

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You can order 10 or 100 books but contact me first. I can make you a deal.


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The generosity of donors …

Because of the generosity of foundations and individuals, we have placed copies at the following cancer centers. They place the books at the bedsides of hospitalized patients, in the infusion and radiation centers, the anxiety-provoking waiting rooms, the new patient binders, the libraries, the gift shops in the cancer center of your choice.


University of California Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center  – San Francisco, California (the Center purchased 2,000 copies!!!!)

East Africa Breast Cancer Initiative – Rwanda

St. David’s Hospital, Austin – Prostate Cancers Survivors Support Group

Wonders & Worries – Austin, Texas

The Seton Breast Care Center – Austin, Texas

MD Anderson Supportive Care Center – Houston, Texas

Susan G. Komen – San Francisco Bay Area

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center – San Antonio, Texas

John Muir Hospital Breast Health Center – Walnut Creek, California

John Muir Hospital GYN Oncology Center – Walnut Creek, California

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital – Hood River, Oregon

Providence Portland Medical Center – Providence, Oregon

Glendale Adventist Medical Center – Glendale, California

Huntington Hospital – Pasadena, California

Eisenhower Medical Center Schnitzer/NOVACK Breast Center, (that is really the name!) – Rancho Mirage, California

Mission Hospital – Mission Viejo, California

The Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, Ohio

Marin General Hospital – Marin County, California

Primary Care Oncology and Survivorship Program – Santa Rosa, California

California Pacific Hematology and Oncology – San Francisco, California

St. Luke’s Wood River Cancer Center – Ketchum, Idaho, and

Cancer Centers – Jerusalem, Israel.


Words from the authors …

“Cancer cannot foreclose on my astonishment at the mystery of life.”  –John Smith

“One of the most unforeseen benefits of living with cancer is the intimacy it creates with individuals we barely know. Affections spring up with surprising force.”  –Susan Gubar

“I love so much around me with all the pieces of my shattered heart.”  –Max Jennings

“I defy every attempt to limit me to my diagnosis as I dare the world to ignore it.”  –Marcy Westerling

“Think of this as a blanket permission slip to be mad, sad, scared, happy, empowered, confused, exhausted, up, down, furious and doubtful, but, most of all, use this as your permission slip to be hopeful.”  –Allison W. Gryphon


Words from the readers …

“Rarely have I seen a book that covers so many DIFFERENT topics related to the huge topic of cancer. And it is all done in a brief but effective storytelling way. A must read.” 


“I Am With You is a collection of 42 short pieces by and about people facing cancer. The book is encouraging, even inspirational – whether one is newly diagnosed with cancer, facing extended treatments, re-entering life after treatment or facing death in oneself or a loved one.”


“Many of the pieces in I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients would be great for someone newly diagnosed with cancer – they are written in the “can-do” spirit of motivational speakers and cancer coaches. “I did it and you can too. Here’s how.” This is such a beautiful impulse, to come through one’s own experience and wish to support others. The book is a “together we can do it” survival guide and many of the authors offer their services to those facing cancer.”


The essays are about ‘knowing’, connection, wisdom, humor, and compassion. The authors speak of their personal healing tools  that helped them cope with the anxieties, side effects, relationships, and more. Patients appreciate the intimacy and truth from ‘kindred spirits’ who truly understand. Family members and caregivers express their gratitude for the stories since they have helped them to understand the experience of their loved ones. These essays become lifelines … bright shining lights during the darkest days. The stories of resilience give strength in moments of weakness. This small book is a superb survivors’ tool.”


“I think it would be most valuable to someone who is newly diagnosed and wondering how to survive the ordeals of life-altering treatments. Nancy’s List is an incredible online resource to bookmark and use during one’s cancer experience. www.nancyslist.org


“I am reading your book — a few chapters every night — and loving it.  Such perspective, such humility, such wisdom, and such courage.  Thank you for your vision and for all the work that went into it.  You should be proud!!!”


“I am a Patient Navigator and Cancer Journey Coach with multiple written resources for clients/friends. I Am with You is, by far, my favorite. It is extraordinary in its variety of ‘voices’, its transparency and its powerful effect on readers. I love, love, love this collection and I am so grateful it is available to give as gifts to my clients. These are writings directly from the heart, beautifully honest and forever inspiring. One of my favorite chapters is written by Nancy, the Editor. Her Stanford oncologist lays it out as to how to survive and thrive through her treatments for Stage IV ovarian cancer, but his most important ‘treatment’ for her was to say (and mean it), “I am with you.”


“Thank you! No amount of data moves us like a personal story can! These honest, open-hearted stories from those who have been there help in a way nothing else can. This is a beautiful book in every way!”


“You couldn’t get a more touching, loving and even humorous account of having to deal with this tragedy than from this wonderful book. It speaks with heart warming honesty… cancer patients are a very special and brave lot and this book is a testament to it.”


“Could not be more pleased! A friend gave me this book recently, as I am just finishing a journey with cancer, and it helps to reaffirm trust, inner strength and the love that heals. I bought several to send to other friends who are experiencing the emotional and physical roller coaster that is part of this challenge. Kudos to the women who compiled this positive antidote to all the fear-based rhetoric one can find on the Internet or from rigid medicine. The love and gratitude expressed can do wonders for women, and I hope this book gets into every cancer center!”


“The stories will bring tears, laughter, pride and thoughtfulness. We tell our stories not to bemoan the fact that we have or have had cancer (3 times for me), but that we are joyfully living our lives. The beauty of the warrior … “We will “not go quietly into that good night.” (Dylan Thomas).”


“A hearty thanks for this beautiful compilation of stories we survivors can really relate to. I appreciate all your hard work and dedication to honor your author’s stories. I have savored every one, and many resonated with my own story and me. You are a blessing.”


“I wish this were published when my mom was battling cancer. It’s heartfelt, informative and a wonderful collection of love in regards to the horrible disease.”


“Cancer warriors, survivors and supporters of cancer fighters should buy this book. It will move you, inspire you and is something you will relate to. Although moments here may bring you to tears, you will be lifted and filled with hope, courage, belief and love. I am partial to the section written by Leslie Purchase and I also know how special the sound of singing is after Cancer. It is the sound of survival.”


“I just read the book and have feelings of hope, a full heart and genuine admiration. There is a reason that all of these personal stories ended up in one book.”


“A beautiful book. Anyone who has been touched by cancer, either their own or that of a loved one, would enjoy this book. A perfect gift for someone newly diagnosed; it is the antidote to the despair of a new cancer diagnosis. The voices are so authentic and varied that the book appeals to a wide audience and is appropriate for all types and stages of cancer.”


“I Am With You is a book of hope and healing for new cancer patients. Cancer survivors share different aspects of their cancer story in this very moving and inspiring book about life. It is a book for everyone. I originally bought the book because a friend of mine wrote one of the chapters. I bought another copy for a client who was struggling with severe medical issues. However, once I started reading, I opened up to so much more. It is a heart-felt experience. So far every story has brought me to tears.”


“I love this book. I Am With You is just that! A beautiful book that becomes one’s companion, coach and best friend when going through the cancer journey, or really any challenging journey one encounters in life. I was so inspired and motivated by this compilation of heartfelt, courageous and honest stories, written by mostly cancer survivors themselves, as they traveled their unique paths through illness and into the healing process. I highly recommend this book to anyone.” 


“This should be essential reading for new cancer patients. If I were newly diagnosed with cancer and received this this book, I really wouldn’t feel alone. If you know someone with cancer, reach out and be part of their community of support. They need you. Bring them dinner, walk their dog, watch TV together — whatever it is they would like you to do. Love them.”


“I took my Warrior Mask off just long enough to read these courageous, inspiring essays in Nancy’s book. We all need stories overflowing with wisdom, healing, hope and love. Thanks, Nancy, for the uplifting reminder of how precious life is and how tenacious we must be to preserve it. If there was a word stronger than BRILLIANT to describe this book, I would use it. I have tears of joy for these amazing fighters and for their willingness to share their stories with us. These stories shine on us the light we need to keep moving forward despite the odds. Do your friends a favor if they are fighting any kind of debilitating illness and send them a copy of this book NOW.”


I Am With You is truly a love letter. Our wish is that this offering of hope and healing will sustain cancer patients through those first frightening nights after they hear their diagnosis, and every night thereafter. That is the spirit in which this anthology was written.