Petition for the Resignation of Simon Harris, Minister for Health

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Anita Kanitz
1 year ago
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

I am a survivor of brain cancer and my opinion is, if we don't stand up for people in heartbreaking sad situations, then we stand not for much!
Anita Kanitz

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In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection /Eve Ensler (Autor)
From the bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues and one of Newsweek's 150 Women Who Changed the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection—to the body, the self, and the world

Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body—a disconnection brought on by her father's sexual abuse and her mother's remoteness. "Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth," she writes, "I could not feel or know their pain."

But Ensler is shocked out of her distance. While working in the Congo, she is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and through months of harrowing treatment, she is forced to become first and foremost a body—pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully—and gratefully—joined to the body of the world.
Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, Ensler calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.

Stronger with Two: The Inspiring True Story of a Husband and Wife Winning the Battle Against Cancer Together/Bari Roberts Ross (Autor)
Bari’s story is an absolute page-turner: if it weren’t true it would be unbelievable. It’s beautifully written, heartfelt and incredibly real. Her narrative style is engaging and relatable, powerfully relevant to anyone going through cancer themselves or with a loved one. Bari’s story hasn’t ended there: she’s turned her trauma to working tirelessly as a leader in Emory Healthcare’s Patient and Family Advisor Program.Sylvia Bell, survivor and caregiver for spouse; Co-chair,Emory Healthcare Patient and Family Advisory Council .

The Storm: True inner thoughts of a cancer patient/ Amanda N. Avila (Autor)
In the midst of the most exciting time of their lives tragedy strikes; changing their lives forever. Their relationship threatens to be ripped apart by the devastating diagnosis of cancer. Prepare to laugh and cry as she painstakingly documents both the physical and emotional sides of cancer. Vividly portraying the agony of treatments and the strain jeopardizing their relationship. Throughout it all she's able to courageously become the voice of cancer patients. As unexpected humorous moments arise from what appears to be her darkest days. You're left rejoicing as she triumphantly battles to overcome the trials and uncertainty that has become her life.

Walking by Faith Not by Sight: MS and Cancer Survivor Story/Dr. Maria Harris (Autor)
This book will challenge you to never give up and not stop fighting. There is not one perfect person out There is not one perfect person out there, we all have some form of disability without even knowing. It took Mrs. Harris a longtime to figure it out and asking questions to admit she has a problem, like in the 5 stages of grief. Can doctors fix all of our problems, no. We must not give up until we find the proper resources and exhausted all options.?

Stepping into the Ring: Fighting for Hope Over Despair in the Battle Against Breast Cancer /Nicole Johnson (Autor)
Using the story of her breast cancer diagnosis, Nicole Johnson offers her readers insights for dealing with major losses of all kinds while extending genuine hope to those stuck in despair.

"Finding out I had cancer was like going to sleep in my own bed and suddenly waking up in the middle of a boxing ring. Out of the clear blue I am standing toe-to-toe with the Heavyweight Champion of the World, the crowd is looking on, and I am in my pajamas and don’t even know how to throw a punch.”

Stepping into the Ring is the 2002 Women of Faith® drama sketch by Nicole Johnson, possibly her most powerful piece of writing to date.

"Women have always had a unique fellowship of suffering," Nicole says. Where is the woman old or young who will not shed a tear and silently scream in her heart as she walks in these pages through the diagnosis of breast cancer and the devastation that ensues? This is a "must" read for breast cancer patients and their loved ones.

Jaime-Lynn's Book/ Jaime-Lynn Taylor-Danner
What an amazing powerful moving tear filled journey of a beautiful soul. Jaime Lynn’s life and days that were all consumed by such a horrible painful thing that starts with a C!! My mom passed from colon cancer and I wish so dearly that by now in 2019 the medical teams of the world would come out with a way to rid everyone including the four legged of this horrible thing called Cancer. May you shine brightly Jaime Lynn, mom and everyone else struck in heaven.

Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future /Nancy Keene (Autor)
More than 325,000 children, teens, and adults in the United States are survivors of childhood cancer. The surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and stem cell transplants used to cure children can affect growing bodies and developing minds. If survivors know of these potential problems, they can take steps to identify, cope with, or treat them early if they do develop.

The third edition of Childhood Cancer Survivors charts the territory for survivors by providing state-of-the-art information about: " Medical late effects from treatment " Emotional aspects of surviving cancer " Schedules for follow-up care " Challenges in the heath-care system " Lifestyle choices to maximize health " Discrimination in employment or insurance

Woven throughout the text are stories from more than 100 survivors and parents. Authors Keene, Hobbie, and Ruccione are experts in the field of childhood cancer. Keene is the mother of a survivor of childhood leukemia and the author of several books including Childhood Leukemia, Childhood Cancer, Educating the Child with Cancer, and Chemo, Craziness & Comfort. Hobbie is Associate Director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ruccione is Co-Director of the HOPE (Hematology-Oncology Psychosocial and Education) Program in the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

A Chosen Child: A Story of A Survivor/ Anthony Gardner (Autor)
A 20-year-old cancer survivor shares a story and testimony of his journey about going through cancer at the age of 16 years old. In this book, you will find how Anthony describes cancer as being the day to day journey of a lifetime, and how he deals with the situation and diagnosis by using God as a guide.

Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do (Breast Cancer Gift for Women, For Readers of Dear Friend) /Greg Anderson (Autor)
A Fully Integrative Approach to Breast Cancer

Your roadmap for facing breast cancer. While recovery and survival rates for breast cancer have improved, the shock and confusion that comes with a diagnosis remains overwhelming, as does choosing a plan of treatment. With so many options out there, each one backed by experts claiming it to be the best, it’s difficult to know the best option for you. This is where an integrated approach comes in, and Greg Anderson, founder of the Cancer Recovery Foundation, is here to help.

A combination of healing tactics. In utilizing a variety of tools for healing, you maximize opportunity for healing. As someone who has been a cancer patient himself, Anderson knows the feeling of being overwhelmed by the possibilities. Because of this, he helps readers form a plan that combines the best of the best: nutrition, exercise, mind/body approaches, and social support along with conventional medical care.

Implement a recovery plan. As a recognized pioneer in the field of integrated cancer care, Anderson offers critical information and advice to readers about the major issues they will face as a patient following a breast cancer diagnosis. Knowing the uncertainty that accompanies the journey, Anderson doesn’t just offer his readers advice, he guides them toward making a concrete, comprehensive recovery plan.

Read Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do by Greg Anderson and discover:

A guide to health and healing from one of the world’s leading wellness authorities
An approach to recovery that calls into question Western medicine’s tendency to overtreat
Advice for cultivating physical, emotional, and spiritual health

Readers of books such as Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, Radical Remission, and Heal Breast Cancer Naturally will find a further source of hope and healing in Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do.

The Crucible of Adversity: Memoir of a Brain Cancer Survivor/Aaron Warnock (Autor)
A truthfully candid, riveting, and inspirational memoir about navigating through life and the ups and downs of the proverbial rollercoaster we are often unwillingly strapped to. This is the story of one man’s struggle to grab life by the horns when it would have been easier to just give up. Follow Aaron on his journey as he battles through brain cancer, love, loss, depression, and derailment, until ultimately he discovers what it means to truly LIVE!

Me, Myself and My Brain Stem Tumour: Memoirs of a Pediatric Brain Cancer Survivor/ Bayan Azizi (Autor)
Bayan Azizi was just an average nine-year-old boy playing street hockey with friends and teasing his younger brother and sister when the unthinkable happened. A series of symptoms - a droopy eyelid, a slight speech impediment, some motor difficulties - took him to Children's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia where a CT scan revealed a tumour in his brain stem. The tumour was not cancerous but was located in a place that made complete removal impossible and was intricately connected to the fundamental functions of life such as breathing, heart-rate, and swallowing and this made complete removal impossible. Over the next few years Bayan faced the possibility of death, endured three brain surgeries, maximum radiation, and chemotherapy. He was left with his automatic breathing function permanently compromised, necessitating a tracheostomy, and a loss of the ability to swallow. Paralysis of his vocal chords means that he speaks in the lightest of whispers. The tumour left him permanently confined to a wheelchair and needing daily assistance to survive. The trajectory of Bayan's life went from one with the normal ups and downs to a full-on roller coaster. Now, in his compelling yet humorous autobiography told through the lens of childhood, Bayan shares his life story from early childhood to present times, revealing his grit, his down-to-earth acceptance, and his determination to live a full life.

Survivor: Taking Control of Your Fight Against Cancer/Laura Landro (Autor)
Shortly after her thirty-seventh birthday, Wall Street Journal reporter and editor Laura Landro was told that she had chronic myelogenous leukemia. Survivor is the remarkable account of her battle against this devastating, potentially fatal cancer -- and her successful struggle to take control of her own case.
At first almost paralyzed with fear when diagnosed with this form of blood cancer, Laura Landro resolved to use her journalistic training to seek out the treatment that would give her the best shot at surviving. Noting that most Americans spend more time researching what kind of car to buy than they do their health care, she shows how and why all patients can -- and must -- arm themselves with the facts, learn to understand medical jargon, get doctors to answer all their questions in layman's terms, weigh conflicting medical opinions, and make the difficult choice among the options open to them.
Survivor is a moving, deeply personal account of a life-and-death experience. In it, Laura Landro tells of a fight to live that brought her to the brink of death -- and to a despair that at times made her wonder if the struggle was worth it. Her inspiring story offers all readers hope and the know-how to navigate the terrifying and bewildering world of medicine, even when they are very ill and at their most vulnerable.
Laura Landro has written a book that is must reading for everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, and for everyone who has a cancer patient in the family. It will rank beside such classics as Norman Cousins's Anatomy Of an Illnes As Perceived by the Patient, Cornelius Ryan's A Private Battle, and John Gunther's Death Be Not Proud, at once a work of literature and a manifesto for every cancer patient.

How I defeated colon cancer: The real story of a survivor/Buluș Andrei Tudor (Autor)
Have you or someone close to you been diagnosed with cancer?

Are you preparing for a long hard fight?

This book will help you find the right path towards a cure!

It can be devastating news, hearing that you are suffering from cancer. The range of emotions you will feel at such a time will be wide and varied, but this sort of news is not the gloomy outlook it once was. In today’s world there are many ways to tackle cancer and inside the pages of this book you can learn things like:

- Using emotions and feelings in the fight

- Chemotherapy

- Surgery

- How to use diet to best effect

- Alternative treatments

- How to act and think during dark moments

- And much more…

Every treatment you read about in this book has been tested on a cancer sufferer. Some of it may not work on everyone, but within the huge variety of treatments there will be something that will help, whether it is finding a total cure, boosting your immune or improving your mental state through the process.

Colon cancer can be cured! This book could be your first step towards that!

TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer /Marquina Iliev-Piselli (Autor)
No Woman Should Have To Experience Cancer Alone . . .

TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer is the ultimate recovery companion for women facing any type of cancer.

This book is for newly-diagnosed women, survivors, thrivers, & the people who love them. It makes a great gift!

Working from interviews with 37 women with a variety of cancer types, Iliev-Piselli, a survivor herself, has created honest and triumphant essays that will lift readers up like a conversation with good friends (if all your friends had survived cancer!).

During life's most difficult moments, these women found joy in creative pursuits as diverse as they are, including writing, stand-up comedy, drawing, air guitar, and many more.

Get ready for honest, inspiring, uplifting, rock-n-rolling, gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, chemo-brain-fueled tales about cancer and its aftermath.

Prostate Cancer: Understand, Prevent and Overcome Prostate Cancer/ Jane Plant CBE (Autor)
Following the international success of Your Life in Your Hands, the groundbreaking book on breast cancer, Professor Jane Plant explains how her diet and lifestyle plan can be used to combat prostate cancer. This revised and updated edition includes new information to help those with other types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer and testicular cancer.

In this groundbreaking book, Professor Plant illuminates the relationship between cancer and diet. The book explains the science behind the 'no dairy' diet and then gives useful advice on diet and lifestyle to maximise your health and avoid contracting cancer.

For sufferers, their families and anyone who is concerned about the risk of cancer, this book is essential.

When Breath Becomes Air/Paul Kalanithi (Autor)
‘A vital book about dying. Awe-inspiring and exquisite. Obligatory reading for the living’ Nigella Lawson

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017

Your Script for Hope: Overcome a Devastating Diagnosis /Petra Frese (Autor)
Are you not ready to give up on life? Or is your loved one confronted with a devastating diagnosis? Are you willing to move heaven and earth to create your own miracle?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then author Petra Frese, fondly known as “The Death Coach,” can help you through this uncertain time with self-determination and love. In her book, Your Script for Hope, Petra pulls from her experience as a scientist and hypnotherapist and years of coaching clients in the USA and Europe to guide you out of despair and into a place of comfort. In it, she will counsel you on how to:


Calm your fears about death so they don’t keep you up at night anymore

Master your physical and emotional pain so that you don’t miss out on the joys of life any longer

Awaken your self-healing powers and work your wonders so that you are not stuck in despair

Take back the reins on your life so that you don’t feel overrun by others

Prepare for a peaceful transition so that you don’t lose your dignity and love


Tender-hearted and inspiring, Your Script for Hope is a reliable guide to navigate a difficult time.

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Brian Brady
1 year ago
I want him out

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Stephen Egan
1 year ago
Harris is suffering from delusions of grandeur, this man is far from qualified as already demonstrated and he shows such disdain for his own!

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Katie Walsh
2 years ago
I'm signing because if his pro abortion views

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Dawn Hanna
2 years ago
The Health Service I love and work in is crumbling because of poor management & leadership from above. Simon has failed this country, it’s sick and the staff trying to hold it together

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Sharon Carslake
2 years ago
The system isn’t working and the minister could care less, we need change, a new minister for health

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Bernie O'Leary
2 years ago
A & E waiting time. People on trollies for days waiting for beds. List goes on. Absolute disgrace.

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Geraldine Moloney
2 years ago
I am signing this petition for Simon Harris to resign from Department of Health due to our Health Service is just a disgrace has nothing done since 2016 all promises.

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marian keane
2 years ago
I am signing this because Simon Harris needs to go ASAP

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bea dziedzic
2 years ago
Taking unborn infants lives