Cancer survivors from around the world generously share dozens of invaluable suggestions and real solutions for living well with cancer, and offer words of support, encouragement, and hope to patients suffering from the dreaded disease. Original.
Some turn to a higher power, some turn to friends and family, but all turn to belief in survival, although some take a bit longer than others. Fellow survivor Silver (physical medicine and rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School), who has written well and often of her own and others' experiences, understands individual coping mechanisms and the practical steps patients need to cope. Along with encouraging comments and quotes from survivors, Silver is specific about what to expect (and not) from family, friends, healthcare providers, co-workers, bosses, religious advisors, and support groups. She gives very useful advice about diet, exercise, what to ask and when, how bodies and minds deal with cancer, what to do when it is clear cancer will take your life, and when you will start feeling like a survivor. Silver is careful to let her readers know it is appropriate to be frightened, to mourn, and to laugh. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)