“We have two options medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell”—Lance Armstrong

Book Cover of "En Garde: My Battle with Breast Cancer" by Ronnie Hammer
Book Cover of “En Garde: My Battle with Breast Cancer” by Ronnie Hammer

Open a conservation with anyone about cancer and you’ll learn that it’s either she or he has had the disease, knows someone who has it, or is always worried about the frightening possibility of another loved one or friend being diagnosed with the disease. In her book, En Garde: My Battle with Breast Cancer, Ronnie Hammer, talks of her fear, disbelief, and anxiety after medical tests showed she had cancer. As terrifying as the news was, she didn’t delay her treatment. She made up her mind  immediately that she would  undergo surgery. Even though her family were there to support her, once the doors of the surgery were shut, she felt alone and terribly nervous. To help deal with the situation, she visualized Percy, a tall very proper Englishman, as an embodiment of hope. Percy didn’t hesitate to come to her side. During her surgery he reached deep, took position like a fencer, and attacked the cancer cells with his umbrella.

Her successful surgery kindled her interest in biofeedback for which she went ahead to receive a training in the field. She now helps other people ready themselves physically and mentally to fight cancer and other related diseases. In her book, she also discusses how powerful anxiety can be. Like a scatter bomb, it can do a lot of damage to a person. With her step by step approach to achieving good relaxation, one is able to combat stress.

Having gone through surgery myself, I find Ronnie’s visualization technique very helpful. Before I read her book, however, she’d suggested that I invite Percy over to help me cope during my surgery. In truth, it did. I’d like as many people as possible to read this book and to share it with their loved ones as well as those among us who are ill.



Product detail on Amazon:

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Release date: October 24, 2013

Language: English

Number of pages: 132 pages

ISBN-10: 149358411

ISBN-13: 978-1493584116


You may also like visit Ronnie’s blog HERE. She blogs about true stories, sometimes spicing them with humor.



17 thoughts on “EN GARDE: MY BATTLE WITH BREAST CANCER by Ronnie Hammer

  1. I’m glad to read this review. Ronnie’s book would certain make its mark. I wish you best of luck in all your undertakings Uzoma! 🙂
    Blessings. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the words of encouragement, I’ll continue to do my best. Ronnie’s book is a book for everyone. I’m glad she decided to write down her experience and approach to cancer.

  2. Hi Uzoma. Yea, I was wondering where you were. And I didn’t know you made soap. Wow.
    The book sounds cool, and you’re right, we all have either had, know someone who’s had or has, or are frightened of a loved one, or ourselves of getting cancer. My step-dad has cancer, had surgery and for now it hasn’t mastesticized (don’t know how to spell this word) at all. I’ll have to keep this book in mind.

    1. Aw, thanks for the concern. The business of soap is new and I am depending on what I learned and the research I’ve made so far.

      Ronnie’s book, no doubt, is inspiring and the way she penned it, leads the reader through without being bored at all.

      I’m sorry to hear about your dad’s situation. I hope and pray that God gives you all the strength and courage to face the situation. I’ll put him in my prayers.

      1. Yes, my step-dad had his bladder taken out about a year and a half ago because they had detected cancer. Supposedly there are still cancer cells in his body but they haven’t mastesticized onto any organs so far. If they do, there is nothing that can be done. For now he’s ok.

        Thanks Uzoma.

  3. I have family members who beat cancer – traumatic – and it brought out the best and the worst – mostly the best in us.

    Wish you all the best too, my friend,

    1. It’s a global problem, this disease called cancer. We all have to fight it.

      Thanks, my friend, and I also wish you the best.

  4. Soap?! Now I know I missed something! 🙂 Good to see you back in the neighborhood, Uzoma. Positive attitude and a great sense of humor is what keeps many from tumbling over the brink of death before their time.

    1. I decided to say “good bye” to procrastination. It’s a killer. The soap project is still in its infancy–some more experiments needed. With the high rate of unemployment, one should start to look inwardly and that’s why I am very keen about this project.

      I missed you, too, Cheyenne. And the orbs … it’s been a while. I was wondering if they were on a vacation somewhere else.

      1. Great to hear you are kicking procrastination out the door, Uzoma. I miss the orbs also. Will have to take a look around the neighborhood to see if they’re still here…

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