Here and Now: Inspiring Stories of Cancer Survivors

Here and Now: Inspiring Stories of Cancer Survivors

by Elena Dorfman, Heidi Schultz Adams, Heidi Schultz Adams
     
 

Cancer knows no boundaries of age, race, income, or geography, and continues to disrupt the lives of millions every year. Now Elena Dorfman and Heidi Schultz Adams, both of whom are cancer survivors, offer a collection of photographic portraits and personal stories of people from a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles who have battled cancer and survived. A book

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Cancer knows no boundaries of age, race, income, or geography, and continues to disrupt the lives of millions every year. Now Elena Dorfman and Heidi Schultz Adams, both of whom are cancer survivors, offer a collection of photographic portraits and personal stories of people from a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles who have battled cancer and survived. A book that will speak especially to the newly diagnosed and those in the midst of treatment, Here and Now focuses on issues that cancer victims share — understanding the diagnosis, learning how to adapt to a treatment program, and navigating the personal and interpersonal changes as treatment ends and cure begins. Here and Now eloquently demonstrates that often it's only through facing seemingly insurmountable adversity that we discover the depth of our courage and strength.

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Library Journal
The theory behind support groups is that sharing your experiences with others who have "been there" is mutually beneficial. Here & Now is a collection of narratives from men, women, and children of various ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds (including well-known actors, authors, and musicians) who describe their cancers and the ways they coped (or didn't) with a life-altering diagnosis. The authors (a photographer/author and a writer, respectively) are both cancer survivors. The portraits are unflinchingly direct, from the graphic descriptions of the cancers themselves (from breast cancer to leukemia to rhabdomyosarcoma) to the straightforward reactions to it: "I sold mugs that said, `Fuck Cancer.' " Many discuss complementary and alternative therapies, being in denial and being in control, wanting a better life and not fearing death. The narratives are mostly upbeat; lots are downright scary ("I had to have my ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, and bladder removed"). For some cancer survivors (or "graduates"), this may be just too much. Others will find intriguing information, especially the options some people chose. There are similar books from breast cancer patients (e.g., Barbara Delinsky's Uplift), but this title is rare for its inclusion of so many forms of the disease. Libraries should certainly acquire. Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569246030
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
8.59(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.66(d)

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