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Facing Cancer Together: How to Help Your Friend or Loved One [Paperback]

Pamela N. Brown
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May 1, 1999 0806638338 978-0806638331 1
You hear that a friend has cancer. You want to help, but you're not entirely sure how. Pamela Brown, a cancer survivor, suggests the many ways you can help by your words and actions. In addition to a wealth of practical suggestions, Facing Cancer Together includes entries from the author's journals, as well as Bible readings and prayers to share for support and comfor

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"A cancer diagnosis instantly changes things. Pam Brown shows, from personal experience, that the emotional, spiritual, social, and physical challenges don't have to be faced alone. This small book is packed with appropriate and practical suggestions for friends and family of cancer patients." -- ---Gerald L. Woolam, M.D., President-elect, American Cancer Society

"I recommend Facing Cancer Together for patients with cancer, their friends, and family. This book offers practical tips on ways to cope, on ways for friends and family to help, and also on things to avoid. In addition to a positive attitude, parents, families, and friends need to deal with realistic hope. Pamela Brown's book offers practical insights into how this can be accomplished."--- -- Dr. Paul A. Bunn Jr., M.D., Director, University of Colorado Cancer Center

About the Author

Pamela N. Brown, a cancer survivor, works as a freelance writer and fitness specialist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she leads a cancer support group.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Books; 1 edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806638338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806638331
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical and insightful guide. July 7, 1999
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I wish I had this book 4 years ago. At that time my friend was diagnosed with cancer and 2 years later, my mother was diagnosed as well. Having never experienced the awful emotions cancer delivers, I had no idea what I could do to support both of the people I dearly loved. Sadly, most of what I thought was the right thing to do or say, wasn't at all what could have been really helpful. I think unless you've been there, you have no idea what cancer does to you and what you need from others to get through it. This book is an instruction guide with vignettes of the frightful battle Ms. Brown lived. Had I read it 4 years ago, my support certainly would have provided my mother and my friend with more emotional comfort and practical care. Unfortunately, with the prevalence of cancer today, "Facing Cancer Together..." is a reference book everyone should have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging December 10, 1999
I found this book full of ideas to help a friend or family member going through the trauma of cancer. The author gives her personal experience with exherts from her diary and relates how she was helped during her cancer treatment. I also liked the way Pamela related her helpful suggestions in a practical way, stating what to do and what not to do during different stages of cancer treatment and recovery. It certainly gave me a better understanding of the cancer patient and how I may be able to help.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a bit heavy on the christianity May 5, 2005
The book has some practical(although somewhat obvious) advice. However, much of the book is dominated by references to God, Jesus Christ, to praying, to things like making a poster of a scripture saying etc. If you are not a Christian, you may not relate to this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An encouraging read... October 5, 2008
I've been reading lots of books about cancer since a friend of mine was recently diagnosed with bone and, a few months later, liver metastasis from a previous breast cancer.

Overall, I found this to be a very encouraging read. I enjoyed the author's journal entries more than any of the particular tips. I particularly liked Chapter 7 which talks about how cancer changes a person's perspective on life.

The author had young children to care for when she was going through her cancer experience, so many of the tips suggested are specific to helping with childcare and such. I wasn't able to get much help from this since my friend has one grown child and is waiting for grandkids. The tips will be much more helpful for situations in which the person facing cancer has children as it suggests ways you can help the family. Most authors write what they know, and as this is biographical the suggestions fit the situation of the author and she doesn't really try to discuss any situations other than her own.

The book is a short and easy read. While the author does talk about her faith in God and quotes a few encouraging verses here and there, I disagree with the previous reviewer who thought you might not be able to relate to it if you aren't a Christian. Some people quote encouraging poems that they like - I don't see the difference, in this case. I didn't find the book to be at all preachy, and the heartwarming way in which the author talks about her own experience is pretty universal and I doubt many people (if any) would find anything in her book offensive. The author does not try to imply that others should share her own faith or attempt to "convert" anyone through her book. She simply shares her own journey through cancer which for her happens to include her faith, so she shares that part of her journey in a very non-aggressive way.
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Pam and I went to school together, so I can't remember when I haven't known her. I had heard that she battled cancer and wrote a book about it. I contacted her on Facebook and she was so helpful in letting me know about both books she has been involved with. Facing Cancer Together: How to Help Your Friend or Loved One has truly been a blessing and I purchased 4 more for my friend's husband and 3 children. Thank you very much, Pam!
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