Facing Cancer Together Paperback – May 1 1999
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"A cancer diagnosis instantly changes things. Pam Brown shows, from personal experience, that the emotional, spiritual, social, and physical challenges don't have to be faced alone. This small book is packed with appropriate and practical suggestions for friends and family of cancer patients." -- ---Gerald L. Woolam, M.D., President-elect, American Cancer Society
"I recommend Facing Cancer Together for patients with cancer, their friends, and family. This book offers practical tips on ways to cope, on ways for friends and family to help, and also on things to avoid. In addition to a positive attitude, parents, families, and friends need to deal with realistic hope. Pamela Brown's book offers practical insights into how this can be accomplished."--- -- Dr. Paul A. Bunn Jr., M.D., Director, University of Colorado Cancer Center
About the Author
Pamela N. Brown, a cancer survivor, works as a freelance writer and fitness specialist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she leads a cancer support group.
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Overall, I found this to be a very encouraging read. I enjoyed the author's journal entries more than any of the particular tips. I particularly liked Chapter 7 which talks about how cancer changes a person's perspective on life.
The author had young children to care for when she was going through her cancer experience, so many of the tips suggested are specific to helping with childcare and such. I wasn't able to get much help from this since my friend has one grown child and is waiting for grandkids. The tips will be much more helpful for situations in which the person facing cancer has children as it suggests ways you can help the family. Most authors write what they know, and as this is biographical the suggestions fit the situation of the author and she doesn't really try to discuss any situations other than her own.
The book is a short and easy read. While the author does talk about her faith in God and quotes a few encouraging verses here and there, I disagree with the previous reviewer who thought you might not be able to relate to it if you aren't a Christian. Some people quote encouraging poems that they like - I don't see the difference, in this case. I didn't find the book to be at all preachy, and the heartwarming way in which the author talks about her own experience is pretty universal and I doubt many people (if any) would find anything in her book offensive. The author does not try to imply that others should share her own faith or attempt to "convert" anyone through her book. She simply shares her own journey through cancer which for her happens to include her faith, so she shares that part of her journey in a very non-aggressive way.
The author did a wonderful job of providing information on how one can help a friend or loved one during their ordeal with cancer. She talks about what to do and what not to do when trying to support and encourage someone facing cancer.
Pam Brown shares resources that were helpful to her during her battle and recovery. Such as; support groups, internet access, books, and medical guides.
I really enjoyed the book and actually read it in one sitting. I have even purchased a couple extra copies to give to friends and family.
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