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When Life Becomes Precious: The Essential Guide for Patients, Loved Ones, and Friends of Those Facing Serious Illnesses Paperback – January 1, 1997
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Written with tact and warmth, this book is filled with advice that's likely to escape your mind during this time of stress, from 14 questions to ask before surgery to the medical and legal documents to have handy at all times to 8 reasons for switching doctors. Babcock, who has 23 years of counseling experience, also offers guidance for what to do when the cancer patient refuses all medical care: "Someone who refuses treatment and understands the repercussions of his decision is not in denial," she says. "You will have to learn to respect and accept his choice, however, even though you disagree. No other stance will support him, even though you think it will."
Babcock also includes empathetic ways to discuss mortality, and tactics for making it through holidays and birthdays, along with contact information for more than 100 resources such as support organizations and networks, chronic pain centers, hospices, and newsletters and magazines. --Erica Jorgensen
--Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul
"An indispensable guide for the people most often forgotten when cancer strikes: the spouse, caregivers, and friends of the patient."
--Michael Korda, author of Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer
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I would highly recommend this book for people who are going through the challenge of a loved one being ill, as it applies to not only cancer patients - but all who have serious health issues.
"Elise NeeDell Babcock blends well-reasoned research with a practical commonsense approach to living a rich life...she adds the right dose of wit to balance serious topics with caring advice...a much needed chart in the seas of uncertainty." Dr. Steve Allen Jr., associate dean, SUNY and son of Steve Allen, my favorite comedy writer
"Sound and wise...it teaches us how to provide support and love when it counts the most. I recommend it enthusiastically." Dr. John Mendolsohn, president of MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Number One Cancer Center in the US (according to US News and World Report)
"Written with Love and Wisdom and is a Godsend..." Barbara Taylor Bradford, the NY Times Bestselling author
"I am grateful for this book--it is an umbrella in one of life's most difficult storms...it is wrought with love and wisdom and in the realm of sharing we and receiving comfort, we cannot ask for more than this." -Richard Paul Evans, The NY Times Bestselling author of The Locket, The Letter, The Christmas Box
"She focuses on the quality of life and teaches her readers about hope." -Henry A Porterfield, USTOO International, Prostate Survivors Support Groups
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This is a great guide for those who aren't sure how to act or what to say when someone in their life is ill or dying. As always, Amazon delivered quick as promised.Published 11 months ago by gotcha
If you are a caregiver to someone that has Cancer, this is the book for you. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I no longer knew what my role was (wife or caregiver, both,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dawn Bell
The title is ironic as the author died on 2/1/2010 neglecting her health with substance abuse. Guess life wasn't precious enough to stay alive and finish raising her daughter. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Laura E. Vanduyn
Vwey informative and sensitive approach to dealing with sickness and end of life issues, even besides cancer. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Elizabeth Lambousy
Tough subject matter. This book is helpful for friends and family of cancer patients Very sensitive and compassionate. I recommend it highly.Published on September 25, 2010 by Valerie
I know she will be missed. Please read her words. She was and is an angel.Published on March 12, 2010 by Matt Riley
This book is very helpful with the struggle of what to say and not to say when someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer.Published on February 18, 2010 by Peachy
"Wonderful, wise words. It provides insight into the human side of serious illness and offers patients and families the hope and strength they need. Read morePublished on February 14, 2007 by E. Needell
Elise Needell Babcock's words are better than any I've read on dealing with cancer and family. Her advise is simple and extremely helpful.Published on August 13, 2001 by Jamie L. Strong