Initially, I didn't want to join in on the whole "cancer club" atmosphere (or as Sheryl Crow calls it, "Cancer College"). I was 18 and fearful and clinging to the remnants of my imagined immortality. "Wait, so if I tell my friends I have cancer, then I have cancer?" "Am I going to lose my hair?" Priorities..... But we are mortal, aren't we? This book stripped the clinical aspects of my impending journey. Carr is frank, honest, and healing. She allowed me to be mad, curse at my body, and forgive my body. It has been seven years now, and I still recall her advice: "Life is a terminal condition. We are all going to die. Cancer patients just have more information, but we all, in some ways, wait for permission to live." The road you and your co-survivors are on is not going to be easy, but it CAN be filled with joy. Carry Carr around with you, and stop asking for permission to live.— Jordan
Actress and photographer Kris Carr thought she had a hangover, but a Jivamukti yoga class didn't provide its usual kick-ass cure. A visit to her doctor confirmed her "liver looked like Swiss cheese," covered with cancerous tumors. She entered trench warfare (wearing cowboy boots into the MRI machine, no less), vowing, "Cancer needed a makeover and I was just the gal to do it " She began writing and filming her journey, documenting her interactions with friends, doctors, alternative "quacks," blind dates, and other women with cancer--sadly a growing group. CRAZY SEXY CANCER TIPS gathers the lessons learned and advice offered from Carr's own journey, as well as the experiences of her cancer posse. Full-color photos accompany personal stories and candid revelations in this scrapbook of advice, warnings, and resources for the cancer patient. Chapters cover your changing social life, dating, sex, and appearance; essential health tips on how to boost your immune system; recipes; medical and holistic resources; and information on young survivor support groups. The resulting book is a warm, yet informative tool for any woman newly diagnosed with the disease and for those who love them.
About the Author
Kris Carr is a beautiful and talented actress, photographer, filmmaker, writer, and cancer survivor. Sheryl Crow is a nine-time Grammy-winning American blues rock singer, guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. She's also a breast cancer survivor.
"I read Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips cover to cover on a a flight from LA to NY. I laughed out loud, wept quietly, and most of all, marveled at the magic that is Kris Carr. If Deepak Chopra, What To Expect When You're Expecting, and Sex and the City had a love child, it would look just like Kris' Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips. It is sheer perfection for cancer 'cowgirls' and their loved ones—colorful, soulful, and intimate."
—Rory Freedman, coauthor of #1 NY Times best seller Skinny Bitch
“Kris is a ray of light that is needed to raise awareness of what it means to give back. What more can one wish for? She is a true leader of courage and inspiration.”
“Kris Carr has done something extraordinary with this book: She has put cancer in its place. She has triumphed, and paved a path by which others can triumph too. She deserves our most heartfelt ‘Bravo.’”
Author of A Return to Love and Everyday Grace
When you have been there you know the experience and can help others survive their journey through the difficulties of life. Kris Carr's book is an excellent resource filled with tips on how to not only survive but thrive. If you have the inspiration, desire and intention to be a survivor the abundant information about life and living contained in this book will coach you in a way that will make you an empowered star performer and winner in the face of adversity.
—Bernie Siegel, MD
Author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Help Me To Heal
“I love Kris’s book because it made me feel so many things. Familiar things. It made me laugh and reflect. And thank God she has the courage and generosity to share her experience. This book will be a comfort to so many who are going through the experience or who have graduated to survivor.”
From the Foreword
"Carr’s documentary, and her new book, Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips, may be the first girlfriend’s guide to living with cancer a sign of the times really. More and more people are living with cancer, and Carr’s message is they can live full lives, they don’t have to be defined” by the c-word." --Kelly Wallace, CBS News Correspondent