From Incurable to Incredible:Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds

ABOUT Tami Boehmer

Tami Boehmer
I am the author of the book, From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds. That and my blog, share stories about people who have beaten the odds of terminal cancer. I am a survivor of stage IV cancer who is doing well and wants to spread hope and in More...


" From Incurable to Incredible is a book that everyone should read because it is filled with the wisdom of those who have confronted their mortality and let it become their teacher."

-- Bernie Siegel, M.D.-Best-selling author of Love, Medicine and Miracles; Faith, Hope and Healing, and dozens of other books.

From Incurable to Incredible features 27 stories of cancer survivors who shocked everyone by overcoming a terminal prognosis. You'll learn about Dave Massey, who in 1986 and again in 1997, was given six months to live. Today, he runs marathons and speaks at cancer centers nationwide to spread his message of hope.

Paul Falk, diagnosed 23 years ago at age 9 with acute leukemia, describes how his doctors wondered if he would survive two weeks. A year later, he wowed everyone by becoming the personal guest of then Vice President George H.W. Bush.

And then there's Mary Jacobson who, after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, bought a coffin and made arrangements for her young daughter. Fifteen years later, she competes in Strong Woman competitions and pulls planes, trains and automobiles for charity.

The book includes discussion questions, a list of common attributes these survivors share, as well insights on survivorship by best-selling author Bernie Siegel and Doug Ulman, CEO and president of LIVESTRONG.

After more than 20 years working in health care public relations, Tami Boehmer was thrust into the world as a patient. In February 2008, she was diagnosed with a metastatic breast cancer recurrence--months after celebrating her five-year, cancer-free anniversary. Looking for hope for herself and others, she decided to interview survivors nationwide who have lived far beyond what the medical establishment predicted. Tami compiled these amazing stories into her book, From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds. Tami shares these stories, as well as valuable information on healing the body, mind and spirit; on her Web site and blog,

Recently, From Incurable to Incredible was named the winner of the Health-Medical category of the 2011 Readers Favorite Awards and award-winning finalist in the “Health: Cancer” category of the 2011 International Book Awards.

Best-selling author Bernie Siegel, MD, calls it, "A book everyone should read."

From readers:
“I have read over a hundred books on all types of subjects with relation to breast cancer,
beating it, crazy cures – and yours is the one that I carry with me wherever I go. Thank you for being you and sharing your journey with the world. You make a true difference for so many, me included.”

“This book is amazing! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. The stories were truly inspirational. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at the ripe old age of 36 and I so wish I had this book to draw strength from. It is not only great for someone going through cancer, but for anyone who just needs to draw a little inspiration from some incredible people. It is a terrific read and I didn’t want it to end! I’m looking forward to volume 2!!”

“Ever wonder what you’d do if faced with a life threatening illness? What can I now do with the rest of my life that will make a difference for myself and others? These are the questions I’ve been asking myself since I read this book. Thanks to Tami, I have the luxury of putting this question in front of me now, so I can put wonderful things in my life, starting now. This book is such an inspiration.”

“Absolutely a must read! Tami has created a meaningful and beneficial book for just about anyone since all of us have our own personal battles to face, no matter if they’re physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or any other type. Tami has become a beacon of light in the dark corners of many lives. Thanks for shining your light, Tami.”

“My dad was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and died four months later. I wish I had this book at that time for him to read. The tales of survivors are inspiring and the common traits they share in overcoming their diagnosis is a possible prescription for anyone in a similar situation. Boehmer does a wonderful job of locating survivors willing to tell their stories, and then presents those stories in a compelling manner. Above all else, this book provides hope to those facing tough battles, providing many examples of people who never give up, no matter what odds are thrown their way.”

This book is amazing! The cancer survivors’ stories are interesting, and they leave the reader with a lot of hope. Plus, most of the stories are followed by the addresses of helpful websites. I highly recommend it!”

“This book contains inspiring and courageous stories of people who chose to move forward with hope and determination when faced with life-threatening illness and difficult odds. I was amazed by the different approaches of the individuals involved. Although we know that our best efforts may fail to stop the course of a disease, these survivors offer ideas and resources that could give someone a new perspective on the challenges they are facing and the courage to continue. Thanks to all of these people for sharing their stories.”

“The best part of From Incurable to Incredible is that even though I am not a cancer survivor, I feel I grew personally from their stories. And obviously, I can now share these hopeful stories with those I love living with cancer.

These survivor stories are not sugar coated or typical or what I even expected, but rather realistic, direct, genuine and immediate. The book gracefully shares each person’s story with the changes, challenges and choices that cancer imparts. And their stories underscore those universal challenges we all must face: stress, nutrition, exercise, relationships, changes, and unexpected attitudes. I kept asking myself how I might feel, and I want to believe that I would be as hopeful and courageous as these people. I was “on the edge of my seat” wanting to know how each path twisted and turned.

Now I am more convinced than ever that stress, nutrition, exercise, and living with purpose are not just optional, but required. So I highly recommend this book as a reference. It is a good reminder of what is truly sacred and important about life, that is, living with hope, purpose and love.”

From Incurable To Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat The Odds by Tami Boehmer is an inspiring and uplifting book, telling the stories of cancer survivors. Often, in an attempt to be brutally honest, doctors present the darkest side to their patients. Author, Tami Boehmer, was one such patient. She had stage IV breast cancer; her doctor told her, “Two years or twenty years, but you will die of breast cancer.” She knows the personal anguish of hearing the words, “It’s malignant.” Tami knew Buzz Sheffield from church. He was a cancer survivor. Buzz was always smiling; he led an active life, and yet he had cancer all over his body. Tami wanted to know his secret. “He refused to listen to the doomsday predictions and chose to focus on healing through prayer, giving back to others, healthy nutrition and exercise.” Tami followed his advice, taking chemo, freeing herself from stress, adjusting her diet, and beefing up her spiritual life.

In an effort to help others going through the same trial she faced, Tami has compiled the stories that will bring positive reinforcement to readers. Each section has a focus, and at the end of the section is a question to assist the reader in grasping the point. The first section deals with A Sense of Purpose. The second section focuses on Attitude. I believe this is the most important section in the book. Attitude makes a difference. A positive attitude gives strength and encourages healing. The third section is Support. Going through a tough time is not the time to isolate yourself from others. We all need a strong support group. The sections continue with Perseverance, and Faith.

This book could very well make a difference in the reader’s life. Cancer is a frightening word, but if we have a positive outlook and faith, we can persevere.

This book is well organized. The questions are very helpful. I enjoyed the photographs. They made the book come alive by giving a face to the survivors. I highly recommend this book.