Climbing the Mountain: The Companion for Your Cancer Journey is a user’s guide to the cancer experience. In it, the authors present a narrative of a cancer patient who used preparation (research), practice (exercise and activity), and a variety of social supports to live well within the parameters that cancer imposes. Climbing the Mountain considers how the scope and texture of preparation, practice, and social support changes along cancer’s trail. Accordingly, they consider how to cope with the stresses and strains of diagnosis, first treatment, short-term remission, second treatment, long-term remission, and palliative care.
In all the chapters, the authors highlight the important relationship among exercise, activity, and well-being.
Paul Stoller is Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University and has been conducting anthropological research for more than 30 years in West Africa (Niger) and among African immigrants in New York City. This body of research has resulted in the publication of 12 books, which include ethnographies, memoirs, a biography, and collections of academic essays. His most recent work, published in October 2014, is Yaya s Story: The Quest for Well-Being in the World. In April 2013, the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustav, awarded him the 2013 Anders Retzius Gold Medal for his significant scientific contributions to anthropology.
Mitchell Stoller is executive director of the AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer. In his role, Stoller will lead strategy and work closely with the AACR Foundation Board of Trustees to manage the development and expansion of fundraising and program activities for the foundation.
For 30 years, Stoller has been dedicated to solving complex strategic challenges for a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, Safe Kids Worldwide, the Marrow Foundation (Be the Match), the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LiveSTRONG), the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance. Stoller currently serves on the board of directors of the LiveSTRONG Foundation and the Players Development Academy.