From the Publisher
Its your last day of treatment now what? You didnt expect to feel sad or scared. Everyone else is celebrating. Why arent you?
We know about the symptoms, treatments and side effects of cancer, but survivors are not always prepared for the questions that follow.
Cancer changes us in more ways than we expect.
Why did I survive when others didnt?
Will I ever be able to trust my body again?
What is life all about?
Who is important to me?
Why cant I go back to the way things were?
How do I tell my family Im different?
For the one million cancer survivors in Canada, and the 150,000 more diagnosed with the disease each year, there is no guide to act as a bridge from hospital to home until now.
Written by the leading Canadian experts on life after cancer, Picking Up the Pieces is the first book to combine the inspiring voices of survivors with a practical recovery process.
Preston Manning, Former Leader of the Official Opposition and cancer survivor says, As a cancer survivor, I have experienced many of the uncertainties and emotions that Magee and Scalzo describe so well. I highly recommend their book and their helpful strategies for coping, not only to cancer survivors, but to the families, friends, and care givers of those endeavouring to pick up the pieces.
About the Author
Sherri Magee, PhD, (Vancouver) has a doctorate in interdisciplinary medicine, specializing in short- and long-term effects of cancer. She designs personal recovery programs and trains physiotherapists and is co-founder of Abreast in a Boat Dragon Boat Society and executive director of Hope House Cancer Society. Kathy Scalzo, MSOD, (Vancouver) is president of a consulting group specializing in change and transition management. She serves on the board of directors of the BC Rehabilitation Society and is a faculty member of the Canadian Medical Association's Physician Management Institute. Magee and Scalzo are regular lecturers at UBC's School of Rehabilitation Sciences.