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By page three of the introduction to Everything Changes, I wanted not only to devour the rest of the book, but I wanted to call Kairol up, get to know her, and (if we weren't both already married) see if I could sleep with her. Then the book got really good. It is, without doubt, the most forthright, emotionally sophisticated, and plain-old valuable book of its kind I've seen. The book defines and exemplifies what the verb 'fight' really means: to arm, prepare, and engage in sustained effort to gain a desired ...
By page three of the introduction to Everything Changes, I wanted not only to devour the rest of the book, but I wanted to call Kairol up, get to know her, and (if we weren't both already married) see if I could sleep with her. Then the book got really good. It is, without doubt, the most forthright, emotionally sophisticated, and plain-old valuable book of its kind I've seen. The book defines and exemplifies what the verb 'fight' really means: to arm, prepare, and engage in sustained effort to gain a desired end. If that's your mission, this is your instruction manual.
—Evan Handler, actor and author of Time On Fire and It's Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive (and a guy who got well from acute myeloid leukemia in 1985)
On a shoestring budget and with tape recorder in hand, Kairol Rosenthal emerged from treatment and hit the road in search of other twenty- and thirtysomething cancer survivors. From the Big Apple to the Bible Belt, she dusted the sugarcoating off of the young adult cancer experience, exposing the gritty and compelling stories of twenty-five complete strangers. The men and women in Everything Changes confess their most vulnerable moments, revealing cancer experiences they never told anyone else—everything from what they thought about at night before going to bed to what they wish they could tell their lovers but were too afraid to.
With irreverent flare and practical wisdom, Everything Changes includes stories, how-to resources, and expert advice on issues that are important for young adult cancer patients, including:
After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 27, Rosenthal, a choreographer and now a patient advocate for young adults with cancer, crisscrossed the country, interviewing other young cancer victims. Rosenthal's text is part guidebook, part true confessions (including her own), as she segues between intimate conversations and sound advice on topics ranging from dating and parenting to working the health-care system and coping with pain. The interviews are riveting and reveal a youthful perspective on cancer (one girl goes to chemo wearing goth makeup; others worry about when to confide in a lover). As she talks with 25 young adults of varying backgrounds, the author points out that many are not diagnosed until their symptoms are advanced, often because they've been dismissed by doctors who say they are "too young" to have cancer, or because they have lost their health insurance during the transition from college to jobs. Rosenthal notes that 70,000 young adults between the ages of 20 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year, and 25% do not survive. Though at times the volleying between Rosenthal's own story and those of her subjects is disorienting, the work as a whole is poignant, raw and informative. The text will provide needed support and valuable resources for young adults, their parents, friends and caregivers. (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Chapter 1: Ramenomics.
Resources: Health Insurance and Financial Guidance.
Chapter 2: When G-d Things Happen To Sick People.
Resources: Spiritual Questions, Critical Paperwork.
Chapter 3: Single.
Resources: Dating, Cancer Sex Ed, Body Image, Relationships.
Chapter 4: Human Spectacles.
Resources: Clinical Trials, Family Matters.
Chapter 5: Malignant and Indignant.
Resources: Employment Issues, Peer Support.
Chapter 6: Something in the Air.
Resources: Cancer and the Environment, Building Support Systems.
Chapter 7: Mortality Bites.
Resources: ‘Out’ Patient, End-of-Life Issues.
Chapter 8: The Myth of Eternal Optimism.
Resources: Emotional Support, Coping With Pain.
Chapter 9: It Girl.
Resources: Young Adult Caregivers, Student Life.
Chapter 10: The Fix.
Resources: Working the System.
Chapter 11: Off The Map.
Resources: Alternative Medicine, Body and Mind.
Chapter 12: Naked In the Streets.
Resources: Making a Difference.
Chapter 13: Fluke.
Resources: Conducting Research, Fertility and Adoption.
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Posted March 19, 2009
If you are a young adult (20's or 30's) or someone close to a young adult who is diagnosed with Cancer you must read this book! It doesn't matter what type, stage or treatment you are or will be undergoing just please pick this book up. In addition to the great number of resources and practical tips that are essential to navigating the bureaucratic health care system, there are wonderful, gritty stories about what it is really like to live with Cancer. As someone who was diagnosed this past Fall and is going through treatment, it was amazing to see that I am not the only one having all the feelings, frustrations, happiness, spirituality, anger, questions about relationships, etc... that are explored in this book. PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS BOOK ASAP!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2012
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