When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer: A Story of Love, Courage & Survival

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Mark Weiss tells the story of his 38-year-old wife Cathy's battle with breast cancer. It examines the choices they had, the decisions they made, the setbacks they experienced, and the emotional upheaval they faced. Mark Weiss candidly discusses the fears he harbored for himself, his wife and his children during this time of uncertainty. He offers insight into medical opinions, insurance discrepancies, and the toll a serious illness can take on such things as intimacy, professional standing, and financial ...

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Overview

Mark Weiss tells the story of his 38-year-old wife Cathy's battle with breast cancer. It examines the choices they had, the decisions they made, the setbacks they experienced, and the emotional upheaval they faced. Mark Weiss candidly discusses the fears he harbored for himself, his wife and his children during this time of uncertainty. He offers insight into medical opinions, insurance discrepancies, and the toll a serious illness can take on such things as intimacy, professional standing, and financial security. Chapters include: Chemotherapy—How To Deal With the Chemo Shark; Sex and Intimacy—Will It Ever Be the Same?; Talking To Your Young Children About Mommy's Cancer; Faith and Friendships; Life After Cancer and A Painful Look In The Mirror.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596873131
  • Publisher: Brick Tower Press
  • Publication date: 2/9/2006
  • Pages: 157
  • Sales rank: 1,052,068
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 Introduction- December 12th, 2002, Our Rainy Day 1
2 Choosing A Surgeon 9
3 Talking To Your Young Children About Mommy's Cancer 35
4 Surgery- It's Not an Amputation 49
5 Chemotherapy - How to Deal With the Chemo Shark 71
6 Reconstructive Surgery 89
7 Sex and Intimacy-Will It Ever Be The Same? 95
8 The Personal Finances of Breast Cancer 111
9 Faith and Friendships 131
10 Helpful Comments People Say 137
11 Life After Cancer and a Painful Look in the Mirror 147
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer: A Story of Love, Courage & Survival

    I saw Mark and Cathy interviewed by Natalie Morales on the Today Show this week. I rushed to Barnes & Noble to buy this book largely because they were such an appealing couple. They seemed so together. Mark's devotion to Cathy came out beautifully in the book which was full of useful information about the technical aspects of breast cancer and its treatment. Moreover, When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer is an emotional journey for Mark (and the reader) as the weight of balancing a full life and an unwillingness to compromise or bend wreaked havoc with Mark's sanity. At the end of the book I came away caring immensely for Mark as his honesty was both disarming and appealing. More men should have the guts to call themselves narcissistic and shallow! This is an extraordinary book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    From a Woman's Perspective

    I read Mark Weiss¿ When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer because I heard it wasn¿t a book about breast cancer but was an inspirational love story. It was certainly that! Mark¿s writing is crisp, straightforward and disarming in the humble way he assess his life and himself. He represents a person who appears to have it all¿. great wife, great kids and a great job¿. who suddenly is confronted with adversity, his wife¿s breast cancer. He undertakes to take care of those he loves while guiding his wife through the best possible medical care that he can arrange. He maintains his perspective on life, success in business, and his overall positive outlook on the world¿. until his wife starts to recover in earnest. Mark then exposes himself in a charmingly vulnerable way as he describes how he fell apart and takes ownership for the mistakes he made during his journey with Cathy during her recovery. I loved this book because I was able to relate to Mark. After I finished it, I hugged my kids and my husband and hoped that I could do as well as Mark did if confronted with an illness in my family and further hoped that I could maintain my sense of balance and proportion as I walked through this aspect of my life. I cried a bit while reading but also caught myself laughing out loud several times while reading it too. Strongly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    How Mark Made Me Laugh and Cry!

    Disclaimer. I know Mark through business and have become friends with him and with Cathy. I read When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer almost as a courtesy to my friend. While Cathy was undergoing treatments at the same time that Mark's oldest son was on active duty in the military, I just assumed Mark 'had it together'. He did but I never knew the emotional toll his wife's illness had on him and his two adorable younger children, Brandon and Ryan. Reading Mark's candid exploration of 'riding shotgun' during a dark and lonely ride saddened me that I couldn't have helped him more than I did but confirmed for me that Mark's indomitable optimism wasn't merely a facade. When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer reads easily and stays with you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    Very Moving

    I read When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer in one sitting. I was flying back from California and started reading not really knowing what to expect. I found myself identifying with Mark and his family. I also learned so much about a disease that is widely known but largely mysterious. I actually thought a mastectomy was an amputation. This is a terrific book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer: A Story of Love, Courage & Survival

    Gripping. Interesting. A fast, informative easy read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2005

    Ouch

    I read this book because the cover grabbed me. I've no real connection to breast cancer but somehow found that I connected with Mark Weiss. His frank introspection was terrific.

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