When Cancer Came Knocking: How One Family Answered

When Cancer Came Knocking: How One Family Answered

by Reverend Stephen Garrett


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One in three people in North America will be directly affected by cancer in their lives, but how we deal with the emotional and spiritual impacts of the disease is rarely discussed. It's time that changed.
Cancer hit the Garrett family as an unwelcome guest and shattered the life of the author's brother, Peter. In this raw and moving account of his brother's illness, Stephen Garrett looks at the emotional impact of the disease, and how its effects rippled far beyond the hospital walls. Each chapter reflects on part of Peter's six-year walk through the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, and includes reflections from loved ones as they navigated the changing family dynamic. It is an intimate and raw look at what happens during the struggle with cancer and ultimately the death of a treasured family member.
This remarkable journey is part tribute to the author's brother and part reminder that the process of grieving is natural and personal. It seeks to reframe the concepts of grief and loss to help show death as a source of inspiration that can help us live a better, fuller, and more complete life. Peter's story is filled with humor, authenticity, love, and compassion, and stands as a firm reminder to value those around us while we can....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781525543401
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 03/22/2019
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Reverend Stephen Garrett is a life coach, public speaker, ordained minister, and author with a background in finance and social work. He has spent over thirty years helping others face some of life's most difficult challenges.
He is the author of several books, including Men Read This: A Spiritual Guide for the Regular Guy (2004), Monks without a Church: Life Beyond Religion (2009), and When Death Speaks: Listen, Learn and Love (2013). Reverend Garrett lives with his wife, in-laws, and two cats in Maple Ridge, British Columbia....

Table of Contents

Dedication v

Introduction 1

In the Grasp of Cancer

Chapter 1 What Happened, I Was in Remission, Wasn't I? 25

Chapter 2 The Never Ending Research 37

Chapter 3 Lots of Hope and a Stiff Upper Lip 45

Chapter 4 Fighting the Good Fight and the Business of Cancer 55

Chapter 5 The Good Day Meter is Broken 65

Chapter 6 Shit, Round Four? Yes, Round Four 73

Chapter 7 Back at Home Waiting for "Normal" 83

Chapter 8 The Beginning of the End 97

Chapter 9 End of Life Preparations and Cremation 113

Chapter 10 Busting the Myths Associated with Grief 119

Chapter 11 The Gifts Death Leaves Behind 125

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