Buying Options

Digital List Price: $9.99
Kindle Price: $8.69

Save $11.26 (56%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Buy for others

Give as a gift or purchase for a team or group.Learn more

Buying and sending eBooks to others

Select quantity
Buy and send eBooks
Recipients can read on any device

Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time.  Learn more

These ebooks can only be redeemed by recipients in the US. Redemption links and eBooks cannot be resold.

This item has a maximum order quantity limit.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Kindle app logo image

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

Enter your mobile phone or email address

Processing your request...

By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.

You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.

Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
The Big Ordeal by [Cynthia Hayes]

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

The Big Ordeal Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 21 ratings

New from Used from

Always the perfect gift
Amazon Business: Make the most of your Amazon Business account with exclusive tools and savings. Login now

Editorial Reviews


"The Big Ordeal addresses a critically important need for cancer centers and their patients to better understand the emotional arc of the disease and how to support patients through what is a physically and psychologically challenging experience."
--Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, Director, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; Senior Vice President, Oncology Services, RWJBarnabas Health; Vice Chancellor Cancer Program, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
"While important strides in cancer care have led to substantial increases in survival, the personal experience of having cancer remains extraordinarily challenging. In The Big Ordeal, Cynthia uses her knowledge as a cancer patient and her skills as an observer to present a message of understanding and hope for all those touched by the cancer experience."
--Greg Fricchione, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Associate Chief of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine
"The Big Ordeal is a vital guide for patients and family members contending with a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and life beyond. Interweaving the empathic perspectives of a survivor with grounding insights from the science of the stress response, fear, anxiety, depression, cognition, and resilience, this book provides a unique roadmap for an often disorienting and life-changing journey. With its double helix of heart and science, The Big Ordeal is a must-read for anyone trying to fathom the unfathomable. 
--Jonathan Alpert, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Montefiore Medical Center; Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
"The Big Ordeal is a must-read for anyone facing cancer, as a patient or loving caregiver. Through her research with patients and experts, Cynthia brings new insights and understanding to the experience of cancer, helping to reduce the isolation, fear, and anxiety so common with a diagnosis. I experience the psychosocial challenges the diagnosis engenders on a daily basis and know that the empathy and intelligence shared in this book will help to ease the stress of a cancer care journey."
--Shalom Kalnicki, MD, FASTRO, FACRO, Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
"Ms. Hayes writes with confidence, balancing difficult psychological and medical issues in a voice that will please both professionals and lay readers--not an easy task."
--Ronald Piana with The ASCO Post
"For this book, Hayes collaborated with several experts -- including her oncologist -- to discuss the emotional side of cancer, starting with the diagnosis, into treatment and recovery, and finally progression or recurrence."
--Darlene Dobkowski with CURE® 
"The Big Ordeal is an accessible resource for the 14 million families around the world dealing with cancer each year, and the go-to book for those who seek to advocate for themselves."
--Barbara Jacoby with Let Life Happen

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08X23STR5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ River Grove Books (February 23, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 23, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1646 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 163299335X
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21 ratings

Customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5
21 global ratings
How are ratings calculated?

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2021
Verified Purchase
4 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2021
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2021
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
Verified Purchase
3 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2021
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021