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Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life! By Teresa Matthews

Posted Jul 22 2012 10:45pm

Being from a small university town, I fee I have always had an advantage. I am surrounded by individuals from all walks of life, including very successful entrepreneurs, advocates and of course, authors! Our very own blogshpere friend Jan Hasak resides just miles from my front door and has been known to share a cup-of-joe or two with yours truly.

Just a few weeks ago, I walked into our local cancer center hoping to donate a copy of The Medical Day Planner to the center that had certainly made the difference for Mom. That day I met an amazing woman by the name of Teresa (Terry) Matthews. She has a wonderful story and an incredibly large heart. After her battle with cancer, she decided to also write a book with the intention of helping others. Below is a brief back story to her book, which I highly recommend you pick up.

When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1984, there was essentially no information to support a cancer patient with non-clinical concerns. The only books available were technical, filled with (terrifying!) statistics and medical jargon. I craved usable tips and practical advice and I was desperate to “talk” to another woman who had walked the journey. Most of all, I felt very much alone as I coped with the challenge of my life.

As my treatment progressed, friends were diagnosed with cancer and I was passionate about passing on the little tips and coping skills that allowed me to remain sane and reframe my experience. I offered to meet with them, one-on-one, to give them hope (people DO survive, and you can, too!) and to share with them the little things that made my life easier as I went through the rigors of treatment. I began to write down the advice by category – chemotherapy, dealing with fear, social issues. Eventually, I realized I had a book! I wanted to reach beyond my local community, and Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life! is the fruit of that effort.

The book is ideal for a newly diagnosed person, since it addresses the overwhelmed feelings that accompany the diagnosis and guides the patient and family through the initial problem-solving questions of where to seek treatment, who to ask for help, and how to deal with family and work issues. It makes a great gift from loving friends who don’t know what to do! It also suggests ways friends can help and offers caregiver tips. The large print and simple language make it user-friendly. The hope-filled tone make it a guide for the heart.

 

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