Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor [NOOK Book]

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“A guide to the meaning of joy and satisfaction, and the many routes to them.”—Jane Brody, New York Times

Award-winning author Wendy Schlessel Harpham, MD, offers her program to getting good care and finding happiness when you are sick. Having coined the term “Healthy Survivor” while dealing with her own chronic lymphoma, Harpham encourages people dealing with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or any prolonged illness to simultaneously do all they can to overcome disease and live...

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Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor

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Overview

“A guide to the meaning of joy and satisfaction, and the many routes to them.”—Jane Brody, New York Times

Award-winning author Wendy Schlessel Harpham, MD, offers her program to getting good care and finding happiness when you are sick. Having coined the term “Healthy Survivor” while dealing with her own chronic lymphoma, Harpham encourages people dealing with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or any prolonged illness to simultaneously do all they can to overcome disease and live life to the fullest. Harpham opens our eyes to the opportunities for happiness in life despite medical problems and even because of illness.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 1990, Harpham, a physician with three young children, was diagnosed with chronic lymphoma. She has lived through reoccurrences, undergone a variety of therapies and is now in her sixth year of remission. In her latest book, she shares here the guidelines she has developed for becoming a healthy survivor: a patient who gets good care and lives as fully as possible. Harpham (After Cancer: A Guide to Your New Life) is no Pollyanna and fully acknowledges the devastating physical and emotional toll diagnosis and treatment take. Harpham advocates first choosing a treatment that is based on current scientific knowledge, rather than alternative approaches. Even for chronic conditions, she says, an appropriate plan of action can help control the disease and pain, and provide a sense of empowerment and optimism. The author offers a wealth of suggestions on nourishing hope, and her advice on managing family and financial stresses related to illness is particularly well founded on her own experience. Rather than a rigid program, this is a sensible and realistic compendium of techniques that will help survivors cope with serious illness while embracing times of happiness. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Doctor, cancer survivor, tireless lecturer, and award-winning author, Harpham has what it takes to teach those who are ill how to find happiness. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393077599
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,275,710
  • File size: 448 KB

Meet the Author

Wendy Schlessel Harpham, MD, is the author of several books, including Diagnosis: Cancer and After Cancer. She lectures nationally on cancer and serious illness and lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2006

    A Resource For Anyone Touched By Cancer

    After battling chronic Hodgkins' Lymphoma for the past 6 years I figured I'd be through with issues of grief, loss, anger, inadequacy and flinching everytime someone innocently asked 'How are you?'--Dr. Harpham's chapters about emotions and taking action helped me to realize that the cancer journey is an on-going process, my feelings are normal and that no matter what I can find hope and happiness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    A must read

    Many patients after a cancer diagnosis are often reluctant to read about the subject. However, if one were to read 1 book only, this is the book to read. Despite being a little long, there is much to be learned from it. Dr. Harpham has a three pronged approach --- knowledge, hope and action. As a survivor, she knows about disappointments and recurrances. Yet she also knows about the joy of being alive after receiving cutting edge treatment. Her many metaphores are useful in getting her message across, and throughout the book she interweaves her personal experiences, lending credibility to what she has to say. While Dr. Harpham had to give up her medical practice out of necessity, as a writer she administers to a wider patient base. Being a librarian working in an oncology library geared to the layperson, I consider this a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    Helped me find the Best Answers for Me

    Finally, a book that helped me find the best answers for me! I have mild diabetes, and I am trying to help relatives and friends who are dealing with a variety of serious and chronic health problems (cancer, heart disease, arthritis, ). Dr. Harpham is a knowledgeable and caring doctor who explains things in the most easy-to-understand way. But what makes this book special is that Dr. Harpham is also a patient who clearly understands how hard it can be to get good care and find happiness. Dr. Harpham did, and now I can, too! This book helped me sort through all the information out there. Thanks to this book, I feel confident about how to get the best care for me and how to (as Dr. Harpham says) find happiness in my storms. I am not just thinking about what might help I am doing it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    This book really works!

    Books can make a difference, and this one definitely does! I've already bought multiple copies to share with friends and family facing various illnesses, and they're emailing or calling me to say it works! One friend, whose husband was depressed and hopeless about his illness, said, ¿I told my husband to read just the first 10 pages and if he didn¿t want to read any more I¿d leave him alone. Well he started to read and now this book is reshaping his attitude toward the disease and what he needs to do.¿ I've seen how Dr. Harpham's book gives people hope and helps them find the best path for them to healing.

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