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Posted September 6, 2009
I wish I read this before I was diagnosed
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago I didn't know what to do. I was in shock, in denial and didn't know where to turn or where to go. From my own experience and having to deal with it, I wish I had this book then. It is informative, direct, real, sincere, educational, funny, inspiring, sad yet uplifting. It tells you what to do from diagnosis until end of treatment. There are day to day journals for you to follow on your treatment. I gave it to my sister-in-law to read because her mom has cancer and she is taking care of her. This book is for everyone involved with cancer. It helps the patient, family member, friends and caregivers. I would even suggest the medical field to read it, they may learn from it. It is a must read for anyone dealing with cancer, family, friend or caregiver.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2009
An Informative, Interesting, And Powerful Cancer Survival Book That Any Cancer Patients And Family Members Should Read
You don't generally think of a book about cancer as being a "page turner," but this book really is a page turner. I went cover to cover the day it arrived. The first part reads like a good novel. You can relate to what they are going through at each point, you want to find out what will happen next, and the book answers so many questions along the way. The authors tell things in an candid way and do not sugar coat anything. It is inspiring because Scott beats lymphoma and because Charlene and Scott helped so many people through creating a walkathon, educating patients, and raising a lot of money for research. They say cancer survivors are obligated to help others and they are right. The book also is a medical book written in a way that patients can understand. It covers a lot of ground: investigating and picking doctors and hospitals, understanding tests, survival rates, treatment options, the importance of the immmune system, how to increase your chances of surviving cancer and the treatments, how to get past the pitfalls of hospital stays and treatements, the mental aspects of cancer and how to cope with them, and what we should do as survivors and as a country to cure cancer. The authors put a lot of thought into all aspects of surviving cancer and know what they are writing about. Scott is a lawyer, but you will like him anyway. Charlene was his strength and inspiration. Their love and team work shine through.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book also has so many useful checklists such as a list of organizations and websites about cancer and related topics, all of the questions to research or ask your doctors about (they call it deposing your doctor), and places to take notes and keep track of your own medical information. As a cancer patient, there are so many feelings that I can relate to and so many helpful hints. I have read several books on cancer, but this was the best. If you have cancer, had cancer, or love somebody with cancer, read this book!