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Things I Wish I'd Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out Paperback – Oct 1 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Bardolf & Company (Oct. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983618488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983618485
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #795,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b41e168) out of 5 stars Wonderful resource for anyone living the caregiver role Aug. 21 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Two years ago I spoke with Deborah when my husband was receiving radiation treatment for his rare form of cancer. I instantly felt that the book she was creating would be of huge value for caregivers facing major illness. As a young parent and caregiver for my husband, during our ordeal I often felt that my role was inconsequential to what he was battling. Yet "Things I Wish I'd Known" acknowledges all the uncertainty, worry and stress that caregivers face and guides them through the steps of the journey with words and encouragement from others who have lived the same experiences. This book gives the caregiver's role a voice, and sometimes that is all that is needed to get through the day when you are facing serious illness.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b4a6b1c) out of 5 stars An oncologist's appreciation Dec 28 2012
By I. Cunningham, MD - Published on
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Physicians who treat serious illnesses know they alone cannot provide all that a person needs to relieve the stresses, pain, and fears that are part of lengthy illness. A family member or friend eager to help care for someone is as valuable as the medical team and treatment. There is no instruction manual for the unknown and often frightening parts of the complex job that a caregiver assumes, and oncologists, in particular, wish that new caregivers had access to people who already discovered ways to help them through. Deborah Cornwall has provided the voices of people of different ages and backgrounds who learned to work through the unknowns and the stress points of lengthy illness and who want to help others navigate through them. Though illnesses vary, as do their prognoses, there are common stresses for all patients, and they and the people who care for them should feel less alone and more knowledgeable after hearing from the many people speaking in this useful new book.
I. Cunningham, MD, Hematologist/Oncologist
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b49ed20) out of 5 stars An Inside Look at the Cancer Caregiver Role Aug. 14 2012
By Laura - Published on
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Things I Wish I'd Known by Debbie Cornwall says it all. This unique collection of many voices and many lives affected by cancer brings to the forefront a true look into the role of the cancer caregiver. The many insights presented in this book illustrate the complexity of taking on a new role and relationship. Throughout this well organized compendium of personal experiences, parents, children, friends and many others describe giving up the normal/comfortable place in a relationship to become the "caregiver", while longing for that return to "normal". This book is at once thought-provoking and sad, yet it is filled with very helpful ideas that others may choose to incorporate should they become cancer caregivers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5a2be8) out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource In Counselling Kids With Cancer. May 16 2015
By M. Mariba - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful resource for counselling kids with cancer by American Cancer Association volunteer Deborah J. Cornwall written in a small but powerfull book, "Things I Wish I'd Known". The author is an experienced counsellor who describes eloquently how to share the news of child who has cancer, impact of cancer on children, when the cancer involves the child, when children lose a parent to cancer and resources available for caregivers concerned with children. The book is full of clear practical examples laid out throughout the book. Caregivers, counsellors & family can really benefit from this book tremendously, a highly recommended book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b4763d8) out of 5 stars Real World Advice That Shatter Misconceptions Aug. 26 2012
By CAForti - Published on
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If you've ever been a caregiver for a loved one who is ill, whether it is cancer, parkinsons or dementia, this book brings new understanding to the role of caregiver. Often hidden in the background, the caregiver is really the lifeline to the real world. Cornwall has so much good advice based on her interviews and her own illness, this is a must read. There's no fluff in this book. Just real people, facts and strategies to help one cope and come out the other side with a full appreciation of how much life has given us and how much we can affect outcomes.