by Marlo Wiggans | Volunteer Librarian at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support
The definition of a library is “an organized collection of sources of information and similar resources, made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing.” One of the best kept secrets in Athens is the library at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support. The library is dedicated to cancer patients and families in need of information and support. More than 1,000 resources including books, DVDs, and CDs are available at no charge and with no library card required.
Topics include volumes on specific cancers such as breast, colon, prostate, lung, leukemia, melanoma, ovarian, pancreatic, esophageal, and myeloma, as well as inspirational titles to foster hope and perseverance in the “cancer journey.”
There are a number of cookbooks that encourage healthier eating such as The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and Eating Well Through Cancer, as well as titles which offer suggestions for complementary treatments including Choices in Healing. A number of titles aid in the grief and healing process such as The Courage to Grieve and Healing Grief. Memoirs such as A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates and Yea Though I Walk by Darrell Huckaby may be beneficial on the walk through cancer and/or grief. Books on caregivers may offer support to loving family members and friends.
In addition, there are a number of guided imagery CDs by Belleruth Naparstek on such topics as Fighting Cancer, Chemotherapy, Panic Attacks, Stop Smoking, Ease Grief, General Wellness, and Control Diabetes.
New titles are often appearing on the shelves so please stop by and benefit from the support found within our library.