Lessons From Joan: Living and Loving with Cancer, a Husband’s Story

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Syracuse University Press, Nov 17, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
In Lessons from Joan, Eric R. Kingson tells how his late wife's strength, warmth, humor, and love-and those of many people they met along the way-helped extend life and make it worth living. It is about the fear, hope, and intensity of their lives during the thirty-two months that followed Joan's cancer diagnosis and how Joan and her husband and children maintained their family life during this time. It is about some of the funny, moving and courageous things that happened along the way. And it is about what they did to access compassionate, state-of-the-art care, including aggressive interventions that provided hope and improved the quality of Joan's life. Lessons from Joan is not intended as a "how-to" book, but within its pages readers will find lessons and practical advice about how to deal with unexpected life-threatening illnesses.
 

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Contents

Our Lives Before Cancer
7
From Hemorrhoids to Cancer
35
From Despair to Hope
54
Kindness Courage and Humor in Cancers Way
76
Final Months
101
Living after Death
127
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About the author (2005)

Eric R. Kingson is professor of social work and public administration at Syracuse University.

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