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Because of Katie Paperback – February 9, 2012
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From the Back Cover
"What a beautiful, forceful story...the beauty of Katie, the mother's heart, the family's love, and the importance for the medical community to meet these harrowing moments of life and crisis with great awareness and care...Your words will be of such benefit to those who walk this path, and also those supporting them." -Paula D'Arcy, author of "Gift of the Red Bird" and "When People Grieve"
About the Author
Karen Boren Gerstenberger is a writer, wife and mother who lives with her family (including cats Latte & Liger) on the shores of Puget Sound, Washington. She enjoys reading, fitness walking, travel, good food, conversation and anything involving the beach. You can learn more on her blog: www.karengberger.blogspot.com.
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First, Karen's straightforward, detailed style makes it easy to understand the complex nature of her young daughter's illness. It is not a book of hand-wringng "Why Katie? Why our family?" Certainly, those thoughts come up. But the book really is about coping, about learning to keep a family as normal as possible under dire circumstances and about learning to be a partner and advocate in health care. Valuable lessons for everyone.
Even in the worst of circumstances, Karen acknowledges that she still had much to be thankful for: a solid marriage, a wide network of support, caring friends, financial solvency, access to top-notch medical care. She met people along the way who didn't have those things, and even as she strugged with Katie's condition, she found gratitude.
I knew the outcome, that Katie died, before I read the book. So I wasn't prepared for how emotional I was as I read it. Karen's writing is so vivid that I felt hope, then despair as I read Katie's story. I rooted for her. She was a brave and beautiful little girl.
It opens your heart to it's very core with understanding and you can literally feel the love that is shared in this family.
I've spent the past five years volunteering at a camp for kids with cancer, as well as dealing with cancer within my own family, and I found this book enormously eye opening. Every person's journey and experience is different, which is why I always find it so helpful to read other people's thoughts. And I think the main takeaway I got from the book is sometimes, all you can count on, and all you can fall back on, is honesty. When your world is crumbling, the best thing--the only thing--people can do is tell the truth, whether it's a doctor giving a diagnosis or a friend explaining that they don't know what to say, then telling the truth about how they feel.
I'd recommend this book to anyone. Not only is it a wonderful legacy to a standout mother-daughter relationship and an honest account of how a family copes when their entire world is shattered, but it's also essential to anyone who's been affected by cancer. It is a sad truth in our world that all of us are touched, in some way, by this disease. And because a lot of people don't know what to say, they stay away. This book gives guidelines for how to be there for a loved one, and that is invaluable.