“An interesting, different, upbeat, and funny book about dealing with a terrible disease. The lessons—taking charge of one’s care, questioning authority, making hard decisions yourself rather than relying on others, the need for advocates, and keeping your sense of humor—are universal. The writing is first-rate.”
—Dr. Richard Murphy, President and CEO (retired), the Salk Institute
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From the Back Cover
In 1998, Brian Monaghan, a fifty-nine-year-old trial lawyer at the top of his game, received the worst kind of news—Stage IV cancer with a prognosis of three to six months to live. That night, Brian and his wife Gerri, made a pact: “We are going to love and laugh and fight this. And we are going to win.” This is how they did it.
When a Loved One Falls Ill includes Gerri Monaghan’s 50 tips, from “Get copies of records” (#15) to “Always think in terms of ‘we’” (#50), plus a bound-in Advocate’s Notebook, a place to keep track of the patient’s medical history, hospitalizations, medications, doctor’s appointments, and important phone numbers. And even some of Brian Monaghan’s favorite jokes for those moments when laughter is truly the best medicine.