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Home Before Dark: A Family Portrait of Cancer and Healing Hardcover – April 6, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Union Square Press; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140276071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402760716
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Psychologist David Treadway reacted with shock when diagnostics revealed his stage 4 lymphoma; he was “riddled with cancer.” But the journey “in two parallel worlds”—of medicine and marriage—that his wife Kate, a doctor in the hospital treating him, underwent most distinguishes their account of catastrophic illness initially written, at David’s urging, by Kate and their sons Michael and Sam in 2006, the first anniversary of David’s diagnosis, when recurrence and bone marrow treatment likely loomed. Struggling with seeing David “thin, tired and hairless,” nerves frayed, but healthy new beginnings came, too. As the family responded to the ongoing crisis, Kate came to see that David’s “ability to detach,” about which she complained in the past, “has gotten him through . . . and allowed him to be there for me”; Sam found inner fortitude to face his fear of loss; Michael marked it as his “true entrance into adulthood”; and David realized “we are all fighting a great battle.” Many others—readers—will take strength and solace from their account. --Whitney Scott


 “In the Treadway family, we can't help but see ourselves. Their beautifully told story is achingly personal but filled with reminders of how honesty, acceptance, humor and love can bind us together.”
-Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture
“[A] memoir about illness that is remarkable in its honesty and extraordinary in its breadth. I wept, cheered, and even laughed out loud. …[A] courageous and exceptional book.” --Pauline W. Chen, New York Times' columnist and author of Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality
“A compelling saga about a family thrown into chaos as they confront disease. A moving, honest, and often surprisingly funny memoir about the ways in which adversity forces us to come together.”
-Dr. Tom Graboys, author of Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia
“A tremendously insightful and moving story of the impact of cancer on an entire family. … A book for patients, families and caregivers.” --Dr. James Mongan, Professor, Harvard Medical School and former President of Massachusetts General Hospital
Home Before Dark offers an engrossing, intimate, and heartening illness narrative. The Treadways bravely share the enlightened self-examination that allows them to chart a healing course through rough waters.” --Debra Malina, editor, New England Journal of Medicine
“Moving and remarkably honest book. …The Treadway family's insights will be invaluable for those coping with serious illness and for all of those caring for them.” --George E. Thibault, MD, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School, and President of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation
“A poignant chronicle of the impact of a cancer diagnosis on tightly knit family members and the remarkable power of their relationships to confront the terror caused by the disease.” --Robert J. Mayer, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clemens Schoenebeck, author, Dancing with Fireflies on May 24, 2010
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This honest story by the Treadway family was remarkable, not only in their description of understanding and accepting David's cancer, but in dealing with everyday life. Their open sharing shows us that we all start from our own "ground zero", even before a crisis comes into our lives. That starting point is far from perfect for most of us, and this family was honest enough to show that in their writing. It seems that when things are "normal", we do the best we can. And when we are facing a huge challenge, we do the best we can.
The story is inspiring because of its honest dealing with the ordinary,as well as the extrordinary.

bonnie and clem schoenebeck
swampscott, MA O1907
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This is a beautifully told, poignant story of how this family was able to cope with the devestating news of David's cancer--a cancer which held a bleak prognosis. I cannot imagine that all families would handle this crisis so well, this book gives hope and honesty and is inspirational for everyone, even if you do not have a threatening disease. Each chapter is unique, David, Kate, Ben, and Sam. It was wonderful to witness their responses to the same issues at the same time.
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By Fla on July 31, 2013
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I was so pleased to find this book at my local Dollar Tree. I've been looking for something real with warmth and true feeling. My favorite is when the youngest explains his feelings and how he grew up. He reminds me so much of my son. My father passed from Cancer and I could totally relate to the feelings expressed by the family.
David, always checking in; seemed to be more about him reassuring himself that he was doing a good job as a parent and father.
Thank you for a good read.
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