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“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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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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076116507X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761165071
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,593,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brett on August 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book and a must read if you need to be an advocate for a patient with a life threatening disease. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, but most importantly, it will give you hope and the tools to help your loved one.

Gerri and Brian tell their story of Brian's recovery from stage IV melanoma with metastasized brain tumors. Through Gerri's tireless efforts on his behalf and Brian's strong will to live, he's a long term survivor (16 years and still counting). What an inspiration these two are! After reading it, I passed it on to my wife/patient to read, not only so she could "audit" me on my performance as an advocate, but so she could see how this remarkable couple dealt with Brian's cancer.
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By Mer on April 18, 2011
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This book literally helped save my husband's life! I can not begin to tell you how relieved I was to find a tiny spark of hope after my husband also received a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Gerri & Brian's guide was something that empowered me and gave me guidance. Without this book, I don't know that I would be sitting here next to my husband and best friend. It's hard even now to look back at the very difficult 8 month journey. I know writing this book had to be at times therapeutic and at times excruciating, but the Monaghan's have done so in order to benefit all other caregiver/patient teams. I can't thank them enough!!!
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By VCN on April 14, 2011
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This book is a must have for anyone facing medical challenges. A step by step guide that is both wise and thoughtful in its approach and recommendations for facing, and beating a potentially deadly disease. No concern or question is too simple or too complex for this most courageous of couples! Join Gerri and Brian in celebrating life with love, laughter and great insight. When illness knocks on the door, there is no one more important than your advocate. May we all be or know a Gerri Monaghan when the going gets tough, and may we all approach an illness with the strength and optimism of Brian Monaghan.
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By patricia on September 5, 2013
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Wonderful book for someone going through this traumatic situation. Have sent it to many friends. The authors have very beautifully and appropriately described the trauma one feels.
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