From the Publisher
"This book is a candid portrayal of the effect that the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer can have on a significant other. Filled with excellent resources, it will enable readers to broaden their understanding of the complexities of different treatment options." —E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr., M.D., New-York Presbyterian Hospital
"Beautifully written—what else would you expect from a poet?—and incredibly helpful. Victoria Hallerman has a marvelous eye for the offbeat detail and an excellent grasp of how a man and his spouse can best cope with the disease, its treatments, and its aftermath." —Marc Silver, author of Breast Cancer Husband
"This honest, wise, and generous handbook is especially helpful for that excruciating time after diagnosis and before treatment. Victoria Hallerman adds her intelligence to the growing body of literature that struggles with prostate cancer's medical and social challenges. Perfect to slip into your purse or briefcase for company in the waiting room." —Karen Propp, author of In Sickness & In Health
"Well written, with an honest perspective of the journey of living with prostate cancer…Will be a great resource for many couples." —Ali Torre, wife of baseball manager and prostate cancer survivor Joe Torre
"As a 16-years-plus survivor and the founder and facilitator of a prostate cancer support program, I think this book should be kept on the nightstands of prostate cancer survivors as a constant reminder and reference on how to battle this dreaded disease." —Dennis O'Hara, Poughkeepsie (NY) chapter of Man to Man
More than just a personal memoir, this tour of duty from the wife of a prostate cancer survivor is packed with critical information on the nature of the disease, current treatment options and the process of choosing a physician. Both as individuals and a couple, the hallermans made many mistakes-first among them was dean's decision to hide his diagnosis from his wife-and this guide benefits enormously from their honesty (poet victoria narrates, dean contributes short personal asides). From treatment decisions made without adequate information to the drastic changes in their sex life, hallerman is blunt and unflinching regarding their mortal and marital crises, and explicit in her advice to avoid despair, self-blame and isolation. Thorough, clearly written glossary and appendices cover treatments, side effects, resources for information and support, current research and a checklist of "must do's" from dean's current urologist (who also provides a foreword). Though dean suffered horribly before finding a doctor and regimen that worked for him, this moving and highly useful book proves his setbacks were not in vain.
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