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Official Review: Praying for Hope when it's Hopeless

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[Following is an official review of "Praying for Hope when it's Hopeless" by Isabella Milan.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Praying for a Miracle when it’s Hopeless by Isabella Milan is a book about surviving stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Isabella thought she had it all. She was happily married to a loving man, lived in a doctor’s mansion, and was a doting mother to her young son. Then, everything changed when she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. She suddenly found herself severely debilitated with metastases to her brain, confined to a wheelchair, separated from her child, and going through a divorce from her cheating husband. Once on top of the world, she was now completely stripped of health, beauty, and her once happy family. Today, she is in remission. This story is about Isabella’s journey that allowed her to overcome her diagnosis and the challenges life threw at her. Her strong connection to God and the mental and emotional techniques she utilized are all shared in these pages. If you’re facing this deadly disease, she understands. She’s been there. She overcame it, and you can too.

This woman is incredibly strong, but she also lets you in on every moment of weakness she ever experienced. I read this book because my own mother is dealing with the same diagnosis, and it’s a challenge every day sometimes just to get through it. The future is uncertain, but Isabella shares that recovery is possible, no matter what your doctors tell you. Some of the things she went through were unbelievably harsh and cruel. She was abandoned by her husband and left to die when she needed him the most. It would have been so easy for her to give up and give in to her disease, but she didn’t. She used prayer and her son as motivation to get well, and although it took her years to achieve health and get her life back, she did it.

I recommend this book to anyone fighting terminal breast cancer and their family members. Although her book seems to be aimed primarily at women with breast cancer, her techniques, advice, and story could benefit any cancer patient. This book is also beneficial to people who lack a supportive family, as she did. She can relate to the feelings of isolation and the way relationships with so-called friends change once they learn of your diagnosis. This book was beneficial to me as a family member of someone with metastatic breast cancer, because I go through the same challenges of hopelessness. I need positivity in order to keep my mother positive. Her words are encouraging and her survival is something we all want to achieve, so I highly recommend this book.

There were some minor errors through-out the book which can be easily edited. Overall, the book looks professional and aims to help women understand what this diagnosis means and how to cope. She provides detailed information about statistics, staging, and prognosis in one chapter, and inserts diagrams here and there that were clear and legible. Faith, prayer, positivity, meditation, exercise, and determination to survive are all things she credits as tools for healing.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Isabella is a caring individual who wants you to survive. She overcame impossible odds and is now sharing her journey with you. She didn’t give up, even when she couldn’t walk and needed to be cared for like an invalid. She regained her mobility, survived cancer, and conquered every challenge that came her way. Her book is a message of hope to those who may have lost it.

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Post by Y0landa »

This book is so inspiring. I really admire Isabella! Her great example of strength and faith could be applied to other difficult moments people encounter in life. I'm so glad she decided to write her own motivational story as it can help others going through their own battles. Excellent message! Never lose hope! I enjoyed reading your review, thank you!
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Post by Jennifer1999 »

To me I think it means lot of experience wish significant stress , struggle in life and almost everything meaningful experience in life I like it
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Post by Magnify3 »

This sounds like an uplifting book. I couldn't imagine being in Isabella's shoes. I like that she was strong in her faith in God and believed despite the odds. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Philly Shanty »

We never know how strong we are until we are faced with the worst of situations. I'm tempted to read this but I also don't want to cry. I'll just wait and see what happens. Thanks for the review.
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Post by kdstrack »

Your words highlight the author's determination to overcome her prognosis. I'm happy to see that she talks about her faith as well as her weaknesses. I enjoyed your insightful review and look forward to reading this book.
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Post by tsic »

I applaud Isabella Milan for the courage to live and share her testimony. She went through a very difficult time but never gave up. Her book must be inspiring judging from this informative review.
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Post by Letora »

This sounds like an extremely powerful story. I don't know if I could make it through such an emotional book, but I do know friends I can recommend this to. Great review!
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Post by Irene_A »

Love a good book of hope and overcoming life's obstacle. Having a family member with the same diagnosis is a reason I'd want to read this book too. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Amy+++ »

A testament to how strong you can really be when life throws a punch and tries to knock you down. Great review.
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Post by AvocaDebo621 »

I can't even imagine how hard it must have been to keep up her morale throughout this hellish ordeal. She is an inspiration for all and she is remarkable for having the grit to finally make it through. Her story needs to be known to all and I for one, will read it ASAP. Wonderful review about a beautiful book. Thank you! ❤️🤗
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Post by Islam ali »

Life is a lesson.! A great inspiration.
Excellent message.
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Post by Twylla »

As a breast cancer survivor myself, I was thrilled to see this book as the Book of the Day. I love the survivial techniques at the end. Thank you, Isabella, for this inspired gift that you have given the world. I will read this book cover to cover, probably several times. I would love to see this book in print format that I could give to cancer patients that I visit in the hospital.
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Post by bb587 »

It's bad enough to get diagnosed with cancer. But to be told it's terminal while also divorcing a cheating husband seems like a lot for one woman to endure. I'm glad to see she came out the other side.
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Post by Ferdinand_otieno »

This is an inspirational biographicsl memoir on surviving metastatic breast cancer, divorce, and the positive thoughts, hope and determination. The book is temporarily free on Amazon Kindle and has an interesting OnlineBookClub review. Congrats @isabellamilan77 on the BOTD.
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