Inspired by the cancer journeys of decades of patients and their families, radiation oncologist Dr. Richard Deming teamed up with photographer Dylan Huey and the Drake Community Press to create Above and Beyond Cancer.
Our book is about the philosophical journeys of ordinary people —caregivers, patients, survivors and loved ones— whose lives have been touched by cancer.
This book was produced as part of a two-year partnership between Drake Community Press and the local non-profit organization, Above + Beyond Cancer. Over 100 students, faculty, and community contributors helped make it possible.
"Like a hug, compassion is reciprocal. I get what I give. And there is no limit to the world’s supply of compassion. It isn’t going to run out. In fact, it is self-generating. In my practice as a physician, it became clear to me that treating patients with compassion—true and deeply felt compassion that springs from the desire to provide healing—has the capacity to improve a patient’s quality of life." Richard L. Deming, M.D.
Above and Beyond Cancer is available, online and through independent booksellers, in a high-quality paperback edition priced at $30 or a Smythe-sewn jacketed hardcover priced at $50. All revenue from book sales will support cancer prevention and health & wellness programming across the state of Iowa.
A unique small-press publisher located in the heart of Iowa at Drake University, Drake Community Press, “writes with” a selected local non-profit partner dedicated to community betterment. Since 2011, our books have shared compelling stories of Iowans, raised many thousands of dollars in support of our non-profit partners, and provided students with practical knowledge in book editing, design, and production.
Above + Beyond Cancer is a public non-profit organization dedicated to elevating the lives of those touched by cancer. We believe that a cancer diagnosis can be an opportunity for positive change, with an emphasis on health, healing, and purpose. Founded in 2011 by oncologist Dr. Richard L. Deming, Above + Beyond Cancer offers innovative programs for cancer survivors based on learning that transforms mind, body, and spirit.
from the introduction
"No doubt about it, the three little words 'You have cancer' have the power to transform the story of your life, the diagnosis rippling through the circle of your family and friends. But is your identity bound to the fact of a few abnormal cells lurking within your body? Cancer is transformative, but it doesn’t have to be a transformation to something worse. How can we incorporate a cancer diagnosis into our identity? And how does that identity affect our outlook on the world? Cancer survivors face such questions every day, along with decisions about treatment, dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, the need to continue generating an income and the press of all of life’s other responsibilities."