Stepping Through Cancer

Overview

If you are facing cancer, don't face it alone. If you have a friend or loved one with cancer, this book will help you know what to say and what to do. Let Debbie Hardy help you step through this part of your life as she shares her firsthand experience with her husband's terminal cancer. Her practical advice will help you work through the arduous decision-making process, and her Spirit-filled encouragement will give you hope even in the most difficult times.
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Overview

If you are facing cancer, don't face it alone. If you have a friend or loved one with cancer, this book will help you know what to say and what to do. Let Debbie Hardy help you step through this part of your life as she shares her firsthand experience with her husband's terminal cancer. Her practical advice will help you work through the arduous decision-making process, and her Spirit-filled encouragement will give you hope even in the most difficult times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935245384
  • Publisher: Higherlife Development Service
  • Publication date: 2/10/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Hardy enjoyed many happy years of marriage with her husband, Bryan, before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. During Bryan's illness, Debbie kept friends and family up-to-date by e-mail, ending each note with a word of hope or encouragement, even in the darkest hours. Many reported that those words caused them to make positive changes in their lives, repair relationships, accomplish goals, and improve their attitudes. Debbie Hardy continues to offer hope and encouragement through her speaking ministry and her blog, Stepping Thru Life.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

Medical Steps

1 We just got the diagnosis. Now what? 4

2 Meeting with the oncologist 9

3 What's a CT or CAT scan? 11

4 What's a PET scan? 13

5 Having a port (catheter) or stent inserted 15

6 What is remission? Does it mean cancer-free? 17

7 How long does remission last? 19

8 The cancer has come back. Now what? 20

Information Steps

1 What do I do with all the paperwork and information we get? 24

2 Where can I find more information? 28

3 How can I keep tabs on the doctors, nurses, and medications? 31

4 What do we take with us to the emergency room? 33

Treatment Steps

1 Will surgery help? 36

2 What can we expect with surgery? 39

3 How long will my loved one be in the hospital? 42

4 When surgery won't help 44

5 What is chemotherapy? Will it help? 46

6 What is radiation? 48

7 Chemotherapy won't work. What now? 50

8 Should we try alternative forms of medicine? 54

9 Hospice palliative care 58

10 What is hospice, really? 60

Physical Steps

1 Possible side effects of treatment 64

2 Nausea 68

3 Bleeding 70

4 Can't sleep 72

5 Sleeping all the time 75

6 What can we do about the pain? 76

7 The pain is getting worse 79

Waiting Steps

1 What do we do while waiting for test results? 82

2 Should we ask how much time we have left? 84

Emotional Steps

1 Dealing with anger 88

2 Does a positive attitude really help? 90

3 Being thankful 93

4 We're afraid 95

5 No regrets 99

6 What is grief? 101

Relationship Steps

1 Who do we tell? And how? 104

2 Will prayer help? 109

3 Should we accept visitors? 111

4 How do we record memories? 114

5 Asking for and receiving help 116

6 Family can be ugly, especially when you least expect it 118

7 Dealing with issues long-distance 120

Steps You Wanted to Know About but Were Afraid to Ask 123

Appendices

How to use the appendices 151

Appendix A Hints for patients 153

Appendix B Hints for caregivers 155

Appendix C Hints for family and friends 157

Appendix D Additional resources 159

Appendix E Write your story 161

Note from author 163

Index 167

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