Walking Next To Cancer
A Pilgrimage Through the Self
Mariya A. Taneva
In May of 2015, a holistic lifestyle coach is hired to help the post-operative recovery of a successful tough-as-nails business woman determined to defeat cancer with the same aggressive strong-willed determination that had served her so well this far. But what soon becomes clear is that much of “Jocelyn’s” success has been driven by internal hurt and emotional dysfunction and that what had once passed for happiness and peace of mind was, in Jocelyn’s case, predicated on dark unresolved issues. While her past experiences had forged Jocelyn into a “success” they are now getting in the way of her recovery. At war with herself, she is driven to compete with everyone around her. Unfortunately, the tactics and strategies that have served her so well in business are impotent when matched against a dis-ease like cancer, and so Jocelyn slowly and inexorably gives up ground in a fight for the first and last time in her life.
Walking Next to Cancer is a clarion call for us to look within and resolves the issues that are constraining us and eroding our internal resources.
The marriage between orthodox medicine and holistic healing has been explored in this wrenching and honest memoir, Walking Next to Cancer. Mariya Taneva writes that the body knows not to support deception, bluff or trickery. Dishonesty is as much of a pathway to dis-ease as any cellular change. A brave book about the intersection between family dysfunction, illness, recovery and the many ways that the mind can be used as a tool to heal.
–Susan Doherty Hannaford author of A Secret Music and The Ghost Garden
Mariya’s intense passion and dedication come shining through as she takes us through her journey of searching to find and heal the root cause and source of this dis-ease. A hint of Mariya’s humour comes through her words despite the struggles and pains of her story. She brings to the surface the impact and clashes amongst family and friends and professionals whose actions (in most cases) come from a place of love and the best interest of the dis-eased.
–Helen Neves, BSc Exercise Science, HLC
Mariya Teneva is a CHEK-certified holistic lifestyle coach, specializing in optimal health through nutrition and movement and was the head holistic lifestyle coach at Transform Perform Holistic Centre in Abbotsford, BC. She currently lives in beautiful Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island with her husband David. Walking Next to Cancer is her first book.
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