Cancer Has Its Privileges – Really?

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“Cancer Has Its Privileges Stories of Hope and Laughter” is a book for anyone whose goal is surviving. Author Christine Clifford has managed to pull together an abundance of stories that will offer the reader not only hope, smiles and comfort but encouragement and strength in a way that was unexpected. The stories in the book are from real people who suffer from cancer and their families. It is written to help the reader focus on the beauty and gifts of life in ways that take away the thoughts of the pain they are dealing with.


This illustrated book shares drawing illustrations, as well written stories of how support groups prolonged life past the expectancy given by the doctors. It shares stories of how well meaning friends brought down the cancer patients to a lower mood than they wanted to be in and how they learned to overcome that mood. It has stories of life being filled with happiness and joy replacing the dread and thoughts of looming death. This short 158 page book will make the reader cry, smile and cheer as the real live victims of this unforgiving disease learn what is most important in their lives before it is too late.


The forward to this book was written by Clarence H. Brown111, M.D. The back of the book has information on resources for cancer patients and their families.


I found myself using a highlighter to make passages in the book that I could use to find peace and comfort in my own life. I grabbed my journal to write down my thoughts as I had “awe ha” moments. I read every page of this book two times and some pages even more. I found comfort in the stories. I felt my desire to live life to the fullest being driven to a higher level. I found comfort in the fact that others are feeling the same depression, pain and loneliness that I feel.


I recommend this book to any one who wants not only to live but to live with a passion for the things that can only be found outside our own personal trials, failures and pains.


I rate this book 5 stars on every level. It is an inspiring book filled with hope for anyone who struggles with trials in their lives not just cancer. I also recommend it to anyone who has a loved one suffering from cancer or any other terminally ill disease. This book will not be leaving my personal library. I found humor in things that once made me cry. For instance when my head was shaven, I was ashamed and felt so ugly that I stayed in the house. This book gives some humorous things to concentrate on such as “You can wash your face without your hair getting wet”. I will be keeping it as a reference.






Christine is a member of the Minnesota Speakers Association, the National Speakers Association, the American Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and the National Association of Breast Cancer Organizations. She is listed in International Who’s Who of Professionals, International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs, and International Who’s Who of Authors and Writers. She is also listed in Contemporary Authors and 2,000 Notable American Women. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Oncology Hematology Foundation.

Christine has two grown sons, is grandmother to a Siberian Husky named Skylar who you can see her walking every day around the lake, and lives in Minneapolis, MN.





A native Minnesotan, Jack Lindstrom graduated with a a B.F. A. from Minnepolis College of Art and Design and operates F.A.B. Artists Inc., an art studio in Minneapolis.


He Specializes in humorous illustration for various print medica-books,periodicals, and newsppaers. For the past ten years he has collaborated with William Wells to produce a daily comic strip, Bull ‘N’ Bears for United Feature Syndicate.




Christine Clifford is the founder of The Cancer Club.

Mission Statement

The Cancer Club’s mission is to offer support and comfort to cancer patients and their families through the use of humor and shared experience. Christine Clifford, a 18+ year survivor, has developed a passion to bring plain talk and humor at least once in the months and often years it takes to get through the “treatment”, to those fighting the long and grueling battle to beat the odds





“Cancer Has Its Privileges Stories of Hope and Laughter” can be purchased at the following online stores or your local book store.





  • Paperback: 158 pages

  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1st edition (May 7, 2002)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0399527761

  • ISBN-13: 978-0399527760


About the Author ()

I am just a simple country gal. I have been married to my best friend for over 34 years. We have two beautiful daughters, two Son In Laws and four grandchildren. My family is the most important thing to me. I love them dearly. I love life to the fullest.

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