Overcoming the Emotional Challenges of Lymphedema

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This book will help you:
* Understand the emotional challenges of lymphedema
* Overcome these challenges and avoid common pitfalls
* Recognize problems and know where...
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This book will help you:
* Understand the emotional challenges of lymphedema
* Overcome these challenges and avoid common pitfalls
* Recognize problems and know where to go for help
* Communicate effectively with family, friends, coworkers, and healthcare professionals
* Set and prioritize your goals
* Identify where you are in the process of changing
* Choose specific actions for reaching your goals
* Monitor your progress and maintain your gains
* Learn the ten signs of good coping and six warning signs of ineffective coping

This comprehensive guide includes sections for people with lymphedema, friends and family, parents of children with lymphedema, healthcare professionals, and psychotherapists.

Dr. McMahon is a clinical psychologist with Kaiser Permanente, coauthor of Living Well With Lymphedema, and on the editorial board of LymphNotes.com.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
From the restful pastel drawing on its cover to the comprehensive closing index, this book offers a refreshing and inspiring journey through understanding and coping with lymphedema, an accumulation of lymphatic fluids that causes swelling. While other authors cover the physical aspects of the condition, clinical psychologist McMahon (coauthor, Living Well with Lymphedema) takes the study to a more introspective, reflective, and ultimately supportive level. Using a workbook style, she begins with a section on the emotional challenges of lymphedema, then turns to a section on planning and setting goals for change, and continues with skill-building information and exercises to help think about, act on, and communicate that change. Each chapter features pauses for reflection and further study on the concepts and suggestions presented. Final chapters provide specific information and advice for friends, family, parents of children with lymphedema, and professionals in the medical and mental health fields. This book is not designed to be read through once; instead, readers will consult it frequently like a reference tool. Recommended for public libraries, consumer health libraries, and the resource collections of mental health professionals working in oncology.-Beth Hill, Univ. of Idaho Lib., Moscow Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Reviewer: Marilyn Sample, B.S. and M.S.(Indiana State University)
Description: This book focuses on the emotional challenges that people with lymphedema encounter. It combines a narrative presentation of the information with some components one might see in a workbook.
Purpose: The author offers this as a complement to other books that primarily focus on the pathophysiology of lymphedema. In her practice as a clinical psychologist, the author encounters patients with various chronic conditions that cause many emotions to be manifested and needs to be met. In addition, she became personally interested in the condition of lymphedema because one of her relatives developed the condition. This book will help meet the learning needs of readers regarding the emotional challenges that patients with lymphedema experience, as well as their caregivers, significant others, and family members. This book also contains suggestions about how to cope with the emotions. This book certainly meets the author's objectives of providing a resource that can be used to understand the emotional challenges of these patients.
Audience: This book is written for anyone who is in the position of dealing with lymphedema — patients as well as the healthcare professionals who care for them. The author also suggests that patients' significant others and family members can benefit from this resource and I concur.
Features: The focus of the book is on the varied emotional challenges that one may experience once diagnosed with lymphedema. The author presents chapters devoted to specific feeling states such as anger, anxiety, sadness, etc. This book is also a resource for others who want to know about the emotional needs of these patients. In most chapters, the author has boxed areas that contain coping suggestions for a particular emotion. Also, most chapters have a worksheet which encourages readers to be more interactive with the written content. The book is well organized, and the information is presented at a level that is not too technical.
Assessment: A helpful appendix describes the pathophysiology of lymphedema. I think it is essential to have some understanding of the condition in order to be able to understand the emotional sequelae that may occur. The book is very well written, the information is organized in a logical manner, and the text is not too technical. Besides information about emotional challenges encountered by these patients, many suggestions and opportunities to take personal inventories are presented. This is a useful adjunct to other books about living with lymphedema.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976480624
  • Publisher: Lymph Notes
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I:  Lymphedema Isn’t Just Physical
Chapter 1:  It All Fits Together

Section II:  The Emotional Challenges of Lymphedema
Chapter 2:  Feeling Overwhelmed
Chapter 3:  Sadness and Grieving
Chapter 4:  Anger
Chapter 5:  Fear
Chapter 6:  Being Self-Protective
Chapter 7:  Worry and Uncertainty
Chapter 8:  Focusing On Your Body
Chapter 9:  Self-Consciousness
Chapter 10:  Handling Others’ Reactions
Chapter 11:  Asking "Why?"
Chapter 12:  Lessons from Your Past
Chapter 13:  Current Life Stresses

Section III:  Taking Charge Emotionally
Chapter 14:  Setting Your Goals
Chapter 15:  The Five Steps of Change

Section IV:  Tools for Change
Chapter 16:  Thinking Skills
Chapter 17:  Action Skills
Chapter 18:  Communication Skills
Chapter 19:  Professional Help

Section V:  Protecting Positive Change
Chapter 20:  Maintaining Change and Preventing Burnout
Chapter 21:  Good Coping and Ineffective Coping

Section VI:  Helping People With Lymphedema
Chapter 22:  For Family and Friends
Chapter 23:  For Parents of Children with Lymphedema
Chapter 24:  For Healthcare Professionals
Chapter 25:  For Mental Health Professionals

Appendix A:  About Lymphedema
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    A must for anyone with lymphedema

    I read this book and highly recommend it to anyone with lymphedema. It is supportive, thorough, and practical.'

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