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Everything Changes: The Insider's Guide to Cancer in Your 20's and 30's
     

Everything Changes: The Insider's Guide to Cancer in Your 20's and 30's

by Kairol Rosenthal
 

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Although cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death for young adults in the United States, 20- and 30-something cancer patients have had few resources that address their unique cancer-related concerns. Written by an author who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 27, this book fills the gap with interviews and advice from Gen-X and Gen-Y cancer

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Although cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death for young adults in the United States, 20- and 30-something cancer patients have had few resources that address their unique cancer-related concerns. Written by an author who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 27, this book fills the gap with interviews and advice from Gen-X and Gen-Y cancer survivors, who cover everything from dating and fertility questions to health insurance and career challenges.

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* 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.) (Publishers Weekly, December 15, 2008)
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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.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470294024
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/12/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
578,069
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Kairol Rosenthal is a healthcare blogger and a patient advocate working with national cancer organizations including Gilda's Club and I'm Too Young For This. Visit her Web site at www.Everythingchangesbook.com

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