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Memoir, Cancer, Gratitude, Spirituality, Health, Healing, Family

It's Good To Be Here
Stories We Tell About Cancer
by David Giuliano

It’s Good to be Here: Stories we tell about cancer is a courageous and deeply personal book about the author’s 25 year journey with cancer. It is part memoir, part spiritual meditation in which Giuliano challenges the ubiquitous and one dimensional “battle with cancer” narrative, with alternative narratives about temples, treasure, light, pilgrimage, wolves and love. It is a fiercely honest, at times funny, book about the metaphysics of medicine and the power of story to heal.

Praise for It’s Good to be Here

“David Giuliano has written a beautiful book about his pilgrimage with cancer.  It is perceptive, inspirational, funny, spiritual, loving, human, generous and thought provoking. It will join Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal as a book I read with my medical students.”

– Dr. Andreas Laupacis, palliative care physician, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Editor-in-Chief, Healthy Debate (

“With humor, wit, insight and sheer honesty, David gives us a deeply personal window into the everyday dramas of living with cancer. His spiritual reflections from ‘the other side of the gurney’ is a must read for anyone who works in healthcare.”

- Dr. Seema Marwaha, internal medicine physician and Freelance Health Journalist.

Read this book. It is filled with things we all need to think about to know how to work through our lives as human beings who will inevitably face ourselves and each other in times when we are frightened and fighting; in times when we would be best served by love, care, compassion, hope, dignity, forgiveness, and humour. Healing is in the arms of love and compassion - for self, for and from others.

- Dr. Marion Briggs,  Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

“David Giuliano has given us a beautiful and valuable relief map for a difficult journey. This work is a reflection on his experience with cancer, but it offers much more. It is a deeply personal offering of Giuliano’s wisdom and humanity, and maps a creative spiritual route to hope  in difficult situations, including but going beyond cancer. It holds treasures for all those interested in discovering a more profound and sensitive path to healing. He has gifted us with a vulnerable, honest, and sensitive view of the deserts, the mountain tops and the valleys of his journey which will help immeasurably in our own encounters with personal health challenges, or in caring for those faced with great trials.”

- Dr. Peter Newbery, Past President, College of Family Physicians of Canada and CEO [retired] United Church Health Services, recipient of The Order of British Columbia.

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David Giuliano is an award-winning writer of essays, stories and poems. His book Postcards from the Valley: Encounters with Fear, Faith and God was a Canadian best seller.

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