As a healthy, happy thirtynineyearold mother with no family history of breast cancer, being diagnosed with the disease rocked Hollye Jacobs's world. Having worked as a nurse, social worker, and child development specialist for fifteen years, she suddenly found herself in the position of moving into the hospital bed. She was trained as a clinician to heal. In her role as patient, the healing process became personal.
Exquisitely illustrated with fullcolor photographs by Hollye's close friend, awardwinning photographer Elizabeth Messina, The Silver Lining is both Hollye's memoir and a practical, supportive resource for anyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer. In the first section of each chapter, she describes with humor and wisdom her personal experience and gives details about her diagnosis, treatment, side effects, and recovery.
The second section of each chapter is told from Hollye's point of view as a medical expert. In addition to providing a glossary of important terms and resources, she addresses the physical and emotional aspects of treatment, highlights what patients can expect, and provides action steps, including:
What to do when facing a diagnosis
How to find the best and most supportive medical team
What questions to ask
What to expect at medical tests
How to talk with and support children
How to relieve or avoid side effects
How to be a supportive friend or family member
How to find Silver Linings
|Publisher:||Brown Books Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||10.10(w) x 7.40(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Looking for and finding Silver Linings buoyed Hollye Jacobs from the time of her diagnosis throughout her double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and recovery. They gave her the balance and perspective to get her through the worst days, and they compose the soul of the book.
The Silver Lining of Hollye's illness is that she can now use the knowledge gleaned from her experience to try to make it better for those who have to follow her down this difficult path. This is why she is sharing her story. Hollye is the experienced girlfriend who wants to help shed some light in the darkness, provide guidance through the confusion, and hold your hand every step of the way.
At once comforting and instructive, realistic and inspiring, The Silver Lining is a visually beautiful, poignant must-read for everyone who has been touched by cancer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Buy this book if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it will give you a wealth of information, advice, tips and empathy and you will be better prepared for the journey ahead. Buy this book if you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It will help you understand the disease and treatments, and better prepare you to be a strong supporter. When a dear friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt helpless, inadequate and very lacking in knowledge about this frightening disease. I trawled the Internet and bookstores for information, for both myself and toy share with my friend. The books I found either offered clinical advice in what amounted to little better than boring text book format, or were overly religious and spiritual in nature. I was never so thankful for a dentist's office visit, than a week ago, when I picked up a magazine in the waiting room and read a review for The Silver Lining. I immediately went to Barnes and purchased two copies. One for me and one for my friend. Who better to write a book on coping with breast cancer than a hospice nurse who has battled the disease herself. Her practical advice, personal observations, thorough information and obvious empathy ensure that this book will undoubtedly become a must-read on coping with breast cancer. You don't have to read this book from cover to cover, although you will. You can dip in and out as Hollye's words and Elizabeth's beautiful photographs comfort, educate and give you courage for the journey ahead.