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There is No Place Like Hope..........
on June 21, 2001
Vickie Girard has written a wonderful, instructional book, which will become a tremendous asset for all of us who are fighting cancer (myself included). Her analogies and anecdotes are well put and well received. Vickie has been challenged in every way-from the terror of a cancer diagnosis, to life-and-death insurance issues and everything in between! What is most remarkable is that she has decided to tell her story with the hope that she will help others.
However, while reading "There is No Place Like Hope," I could not help but to conclude that it is, in large part, a marketing tool designed to attract patients to Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). Vickie was treated at one of the organization's hospitals. While I appreciate Vickie's opinions regarding CTCA, I question her statement indicating that this organization attracts and employs the "best and the brightest" in cancer care.
I was treated for breast cancer at a CTCA hospital. Since the conclusion of my treatment at CTCA more than 10 years ago, I have been re-diagnosed with breast cancer twice. In the labyrinth of hospitals, clinics and physicians I have encountered during my own treatment odyssey, I strongly believe that the best and the brightest cancer experts are located in research hospitals where there is an all-out commitment to cutting-edge, new cancer therapies. Oncology physicians at these centers do not merely read about and indicate treatment protocols for their patients, they are in the laboratories developing and perfecting them. These physicians are educated at the best-known colleges and universities worldwide. They teach, lecture and are actively and aggressively attempting to make a difference in the lives of people victimized by cancer. I am not sure that this is part of CTCA's approach to cancer treatment.
Vickie's story is remarkable and should be shared with everyone - not just those touched by cancer. She is an inspiration to all people, everywhere. My advice to readers of Vickie Girard's book is to look beyond the marketing ploys of CTCA and revel in the wisdom, humor and real-life coping strategies which Vickie so thoughtfully and eloquently puts into words.....