Cereal for Dinner: Strategies, Shortcuts, and Sanity for Moms Battling Illness [NOOK Book]

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At the age of thirty-five, author Kristine Breese was always on the go--running after her two young children, training for marathons, and working as a full-time journalist. A typical selfless mom, Breese ignored the slight heart flutters and light-headedness she experienced from time to time. However, after ignoring symptoms for over 10 years, Breese collapsed from heart failure and was rushed to the hospital. After surgery and a pacemaker installation, Breese soon learned that to take great care of her kids, ...
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Cereal for Dinner: Strategies, Shortcuts, and Sanity for Moms Battling Illness

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Overview


At the age of thirty-five, author Kristine Breese was always on the go--running after her two young children, training for marathons, and working as a full-time journalist. A typical selfless mom, Breese ignored the slight heart flutters and light-headedness she experienced from time to time. However, after ignoring symptoms for over 10 years, Breese collapsed from heart failure and was rushed to the hospital. After surgery and a pacemaker installation, Breese soon learned that to take great care of her kids, she needed to learn how to take fantastic care of herself.

Cereal for Dinner is a hands-on guide for mothers who are struggling with illness while also meeting the myriad demands of motherhood.The book teaches these mothers how to balance their lives so that they can care for themselves while still taking care of their families. Sections include:

*Taking Care of Yourself First: From "Shock" to "Check Up from the Neck Up"
*How Your Illness Affects Your Kids: From "Honesty" to "Tools for Talking"
*Maintaining Relationships: From "Daddies" to "Girlfriends," to "Paychecks".


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466859708
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 312 KB

Meet the Author


Kristine Breese is a freelance writer, consultant, marathon runner, and mother of two. She is a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. She and her family live in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Foreword xv
Introduction xxi
What Happened to Me and How It Can Help You xxi
How This Book Can Help Sick Moms xxviii
Meet The Mommies xxx
I. How Your Illness Affects You 1
Shock 3
Adjusting to the News that You're Sick 3
Three Tennis Balls and a Flaming Sword 15
What It Feels Like to Juggle Illness and Motherhood 15
Checkup from the Neck Up 17
The Emotional Aspects of a Physical Illness 17
Reaching Out 25
How to Ask for Help and Receive What Is Given 25
Dinner on the Doorstep 39
A Covered Dish Is Worth a Thousand Floral Bouquets 39
Cereal for Dinner 47
Adjusting Your Standards So You Can Heal 47
White Coats and White Knuckles 55
Some Thoughts About Dealing with Doctors 55
Scary Stuff 69
Waiting for Test Results and Preparing to Go to the Hospital 69
II. How Your Illness Affects Your Kids 79
Honesty 81
The Benefits of Talking to Your Kids about Your Illness 81
Warning Signs 93
Knowing When Your Illness Is Troubling Your Kids 93
Tools for Talking 99
The ABCs of Talking to Your Kids and Calming Their Fears 99
Heavy Lifting 107
Conversations about Death and Dying 107
Partnership 113
What Your Kids Can Do for You 113
III. How Your Illness Affects Your Relationships 123
Daddies 125
Staying Together "In Sickness and In Health" 125
Grandmas 149
Why Mommies Need Mommies (and Others They Can Count On) 149
Girlfriends 155
Defining and Redefining What You Need from Your Friends 155
Paychecks 159
Balancing Work and Recovery 159
Can You Hear Me Now? 173
Your Illness and Your Relationship (or Not) with God 173
IV. How Your Illness Affects Your Future 185
A Dozen Things I Learned from Being a Sick Mom 187
What Sick Moms Can Teach the World 193
... or at Least the Other Moms They Know 193
V. Resources 199
Where to Turn for More Help 201
About the Author 205
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