Both Sides of the Bedside: From Oncology Nurse to Patient, an RN's Journey with Cancer

Both Sides of the Bedside: From Oncology Nurse to Patient, an RN's Journey with Cancer

by Christine Magnus Moore RN BSN


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Oncology Nurse, Christine Magnus Moore, stood by the bedside of cancer patients for many years, caring for them as they endured major surgeries, chemotherapy and even the aftermath of grueling bone marrow transplants. They fought a battle with an enemy in their bodies: cancer. Some triumphed and some did not. Fighting for her patients' health, she thought of herself as a soldier on the battlefield and was amazed at how they dealt with their difficult road and that they often thanked her with a smile.
As connected as she felt to her patients, she didn't fully comprehend the courage it took to confront cancer every day until she became one of them.
Christine navigates the rough road involved with cancer treatment, experiencing exhaustion beyond belief, debilitating nausea and pain, and other side effects which are overwhelmingly more difficult than she'd ever imagined. Her road is arduous and humbling and she is taxed to her core in every way: emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Living on the other side of the bedside, she feels vulnerable when some of the doctors and nurses she's worked with become her caregivers...on top of all that her love life begins to present challenges as well.
Christine emerges a cancer survivor and gains a profound understanding of the suffering her patients had weathered, discovering that her life has been re-calibrated. She embraces her higher purpose with an amplified vigor and empathy to help others dealing with the disease. Through the darkest of times, she finds the deepest grief and tears can produce the greatest strength and passion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986285356
Publisher: Gray Matter Imprints
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Christine Magnus Moore, RN, BSN, has worked in the nursing field for over twenty-five years, fourteen years in adult and pediatric oncology. She has a Master's Certification in caring for teenagers and young adults with cancer. Christine is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor for over twelve years. She is a speaker and has had articles published on the website and in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. Her book, Both Sides of the Bedside, won the award for outstanding memoir in 2013 at the Southern California Writer's Conference. Please contact her on her website at

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