So who said my breasts or my skin were clutter? Not me!

From: Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools
Published: Mon Jan 05 2015

Barbara Tako is the author of Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll get you through this (AYNI, 2015), a new honest and helpful book filled with emotional survival tools for cancer survivors, and Clutter Clearing Choices (O-Books, 2010), a previously successful and exceptionally motivating and witty book that is filled with great advice on how to get rid of clutter and get organized.

In 2010, Barbara became a breast cancer survivor and in 2014, she became a melanoma survivor. She now seeks to help cancer survivors and their loved ones cope with cancer's emotional anguish. Barbara provides tools to help cancer patients emotionally survive and thrive after hearing the devastating words "You have cancer."

At this time of the year many of us are surrounded by clutter, but no matter what time of the year Tako has it seasonally organized to make our lives easier. Realizing that we are all unique, she offers many choices for readers to pick from in a clear-headed and humorous fashion.

Barbara Tako is no stranger to audiences and is well-recognized by corporate giants, such as 3M, Medtronic, Target and Securian, who use her expert speaking skills and her humorous, common sense advice to help their employees take control of their clutter. She reinforces that ‘feel good factor’ that comes from donating cast-off’s and helping someone else out. We can all relate to how clutter seems to develop a life of its own and to Tako’s entertaining writing style.
A self-syndicated columnist, television and radio guest, and writer, Tako is doing her part to help us get through a cancer diagnosis and given us the tools to simplify and reclaim our lives. Please visit this inspiring woman on her website at: or
For any woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, information is vital. But more importantly, it needs to be good information. Barb’s book more than qualifies!Julie Edstrom, breast cancer survivor, support group facilitator and spiritual director
Sound, practical advice, delivered in a conversation-over-coffee style, for people dealing with any aspect of a breast cancer diagnosis—a book filled with much-needed information.Anne Johnson, breast cancer survivor since Fall, 1996
Mrs. Barbara Tako tells her compelling and poignant real-life journey as she navigates the challenging waters of breast cancer and her life that endures through it all. Well-written. Well-articulated. Easy to read and understand.
Reading this book will be a comfort and encouragement to anyone associated with breast cancer or any other life-threatening disease; whether it be patient, caregiver, family, friends and/or pre-, during, or post-journey.
Throughout the book, Mrs. Tako refers to herself as a "breast cancer survivor." God calls her "more than a conqueror." With the tools and insights in this book, you can be "more than a conqueror" too.
Greg McClain, retired John Deere manager; caregiver for breast and GIST cancer patient for over 12 years
A must-read for those challenged with breast cancer, seeking ideas and inspiration on how to cope with worries accompanying thoughts of surviving today and living tomorrow.
Karmen Mattsen, three-time cancer survivor (Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast, skin)
The author takes us on a reluctant journey. The reader is immersed in the realities and ravages of surgery and chemotherapy. Modern medical therapy offers hope, but always against a background of fear and uncertainty. In the mists of this battleground, the Soul exerts its instinct for freedom. We have choices. Our choices define us, give us clarity, and purpose. Slyly, the author has taken us on a spiritual journey. She exhorts us to make our own journey, and we close the book grateful she has shared hers.
Dr. Kevin Hallman, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist

This is a heartfelt and personal account of a patient’s walk through breast cancer. Although at times raw, it reveals the triumph of hope and love over trauma and uncertainty. It is full of good advice about education, support groups, coping, and appreciating all the good in life, and will serve as a valuable resource for any newly diagnosed breast cancer (or any cancer) patient.
Dr. Candy Abramson Corey, MD, oncologist and breast cancer survivor

Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life: "Funny, thorough, and not the least bit intimidating, this book is a godsend for the organizationally-challenged. It makes keeping the clutter manageable seem manageable after all."

Barbara Hemphill, author of Taming the Paper Tiger at Home: "When I began my organizing business 30 years ago, it was based on four simple words: Clutter is Postponed Decisions®. Few of us…ever reach the point of being satisfied with their ability to get rid of clutter. Tako has done a wonderful job of giving her readers practical suggestions for getting rid of the clutter in their lives. Less is more!"

Barb Szyszkiewicz of Family Magazine, Inc: "A step-by-step, concrete solution to overcoming household clutter, this book is full of helpful hints and resources…easy-to-follow program is designed to take readers through a whole year of clutter control…Tako’s book is loaded with common sense, humor, and good advice."

Toi Duckworth, The Online Magazine for Work-At-Home Moms: "Tako’s common sense approach to de-cluttering your life is simple and easy to follow….simple, easy-to-adopt advice such as letting go of items that you no longer use yet keep for sentimental value. Tako’s book gives real, practical advice to help streamline your life."

The Reverend Michael Mortvedt, Co-Director of Alternatives of Simple Living: "Tako has a warm and personal style of writing which helps the reader identify with her and with her struggles and successes at organizing and clearing clutter…a series of conversations with a friend about things that matter – about clearing away what weighs you down, taking care of the people you love, and living what you believe. A book I will come back to many times as the seasons change, as the cleaning bug strikes, and as a reminder about what is truly important in life."

Company: Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools
Contact Name: BarbaraTako
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