REVIEW: BECAUSE YOU CAN BY GILL SMITH

Because You Can by Gill Smith

Richard Painter, Print Resources

ISBN: 978 15272 1483 5

5 out of 5 stars

The subtitle of the book sums it up beautifully: Living and Dying with CANcer on Your Own Terms. This is a book that anyone could (and should) read, because it is about courage and using our skills to be proactive in our own lives (and in Gill’s case, treatment). Most of all, it is about living life to the full and remembering what is important.

Its relevance is obvious – all of us will have either experienced cancer or another serious illnesses first-hand,
or had friends and family who have done so, or have clients in that situation.

What comes across is as remarkable as it is poignant, moving and witty. Gill was chair of the AC (UK) and is a well-known and respected coach; she is also knowledgeable about positive psychology and neuropsychology.

Diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer that had spread around her body in 2016, in the book we are privileged to share her journey, warts and all, ups and downs, but sensing a steadfastness and curiosity that is perhaps unsurprising given Gill’s work as a coach. Her message resonates: focus on what we can do Because You Can, until we can’t, and not to waste time being anxious or miserable.

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