Cancer: the Adventure of Your Life!

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AuthorHouse, May 25, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 168 pages

This eminently practical book includes the tips survivors share with one another - the little coping strategies that can make a huge difference in the physical and emotional comfort of the patient and family. The hopeful and encouraging approach avoids the pitfalls of "statistics" and "scientific prognosis" to focus instead on maximum joy and peace of heart for each patient, regardless of the stage of illness. Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life includes the important issues (like losing hair, dealing with insurance companies, or handling visitors) that doctors pass over lightly because they are not life-threatening. The simply-written explanations are meant for the lay person, although professional caregivers will find new insights, too. There is an extensive treatment of the emotional components of the cancer journey, including fear, grieving, and loneliness, along with specific suggestions for both patients and family members to adapt to this new reality with a health-nurturing life view. Every effort has been made to make the book convenient and easy-to-use for patients, including large print format, stand-alone chapters, and chapter summaries. The book is a valuable resource for cancer center libraries, waiting rooms, and physicians' offices.

The most common response of cancer patients after reading the book is, " I wish every newly-diagnosed patient had access to this. If only I had known that I was not alone in my fears and concerns!"

 

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Contents

The Big C
1
What is Cancer Anyway?
5
Psychological Impacts
10
Cancer as a Family Affair
20
If You are a Friend or Loved One of a Cancer Patient
31
Social Issues
40
The Soul Perspective
46
A New Healthy Beginning
58
Missing Pieces?
91
Chemotherapy Up Close and Personal
96
Hair Today Gone Tomorrow?
105
Radiation Therapy Survival Tips
113
Alternative Therapies
125
The Question of Pain
131
What to Do When Cancer is a Chronic Condition Living with Recurrences
138
Longterm Effects Staying Well
144

Logistics Who What Where When?
63
Your Place on the Team
69
Taming the Red Tape Tangle
73
Just Cut it Out
82
Happily Ever After
150
About the Author
153
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Teresa Kalvelage Matthews is a nine year survivor of ovarian cancer and a seven year survivor of breast cancer. These two unrelated cancer "adventures" gave her a passionate dedication to easing the journey for other people facing similar challenges. A writer with a degree in Biology from UC Berkeley, she has worked both in medical office settings and as a hospice volunteer. Her inspirational, hopeful and practical tips provide a blueprint for people beginning treatment. Her insights into "the patient's point of view" have been used for professional training for hospice volunteers and social workers. She currently counsels newly-diagnosed cancer patients.

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