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The Can Do Chronicles Paperback – December 6, 2014
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About the Author
Cathi Coridan is a consultant and author who lives with her husband, Ned Hogan and their dog Chippy in Northern Virginia. Her life’s motto is “Imagine What You Can Do…” For over 40 years, Cathi has worked in local and national youth and family advocacy programs as a CEO, counselor, youth minister, program manager, leader, fundraiser and organizational development consultant. She relishes her role as story teller and advocate for mission-based nonprofits and small businesses which are the hearts of our communities. At Coridan Consulting (www.coridanconsulting.com), Cathi’s writing, training and interim executive services help individuals, groups, nonprofits and small businesses make a Can Do kind of difference in their part of the world. Cathi shares her ideas about leading a CAN DO life on the CAN DO Blog and by delivering virtual and live workshops, trainings and retreats. Her new book, The Can Do Workplace is expected to be released in Spring 2015. E-mail Cathi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From my heart, reading was emotionally draining. I've read MUCH longer books in less time. Periodically, I just had to put the book down and take a break. Although I knew the ending, the author's travel on that road was an emotional roller coaster. As a son who witnessed both his parents die of cancer, THE CAN DO CHRONICLES brought back a flood of memories. Unlike the author, my parents quickly surrendered into that good night. In addition, as a gerontologist who was employed at the North Carolina Cancer Institute, I have held the hand of many dying patients in an effort to help them through their final minutes. THE CAN DO CHRONICLES afforded me a fresh vision AND a less terminal personal view of cancer - particularly Leukemia. I had two immediate emotional reactions. First, while reading and particularly on completion, I had an overwhelming need to track down the author and give her a hug. Never had that emotional reaction to any other book I've read. Second, I have a close friend I hadn't heard from in a long time. I succumbed to an overwhelming need to call her to see if she was OK. I was relieved to hear that she didn't have cancer! I admit both my reactions were irrational.
It was difficult for me to engage my professional training in critically analyzing the content and meaning of this book. From an analytic position, the question must be asked: "What psychosocial forces were the catalyst for propelling the author to have the emotional strength to embrace the CAN DO philosophy?" Amazingly the author embraces this Herculean task and prevails. In reading her autobiography with a critical eye, one can see three themes that may help others when facing this ordeal. These themes can be found in social science research and include: socioeconomic status (SES), social bonds and metaphysical (perhaps "spirituality"). Each is briefly discussed.
SES: For about the last four decades we have identified a direct and indirect statistical association between social class and cancer. Simply stated, those with high SES are the less likely to contact cancer. Those with low SES have fewer medical resources and the knowledge on how and when to use them. In addition, those of lower SES are more apt to be confronted with environments that have higher cancer potential. Rich people don't ever work in an asbestos factory. This fact doesn't surprise anyone. However surprisingly, those of higher SES who have contracted cancer have a statistical significant lower probability of dying of the disease when compared to those of lower SES. The sociological explanation is extremely unnerving. In reading THE CAN DO CHRONICLES, one can easily infer that the author is of middle to upper middle class. Thus, she had the social capital that assisted in asking the right questions in the right way and receive a thoughtful reply from the medical community. Sadly, the medical community responds to their patients in accordance to their SES.
Social Bond: Can the influence of SES in addressing cancer be eliminated? YES! Since the late 1700's, the theoretical work of August Comte demonstrated that social bonds create emotional strength. Those without such bonds have the highest rates of suicide and are much more likely to surrender to cancer. Two recent studies (one in England and one in the USA) are compelling cases that confirm past theories and studies. Terminal cancer patients who had systematic bonds with others had statistically significant lower death rates when compared to the control group who were not given a system for social bonding. Again, these results are unnerving but today it is common for medical cancer specialists to refer their patients to cancer support groups. The author is loved by her family and friends and has tight bonds with a vast array of social networks.
Metaphysical: Statistically, 2.5% of all TERMINAL cancer patients go into remission. There is NO medical data or intervention to explain the disappearance of the cancer cells. It is NOT uncommon for those of us in health care to witness unexplainable events. We do know that the mind is a powerful causal force. "Mind over matter" is not merely a spiritual cliché. We don't have strong experimental support for the power of the mind, but the antidotal is profoundly compelling. Few scientists and medical practitioners dispute the importance of a person's spiritual makeup in confronting cancer. The author's sense of spirituality radiates throughout the entire book. I think her spiritual forthrightness is contagious for the reader. That's the way I felt!
THE CAN DO CHRONICLES is a profoundly important piece of literature that will enrich the reader. It makes no difference if one is a scholar seeking support for theoretical position OR a person seeking solace when confronted with a terminal disease. Simply stated, the book provides strength for those who read it.
This is a book everyone should give away and keep one for yourself on those blue days we all have. Rev yourself up with Cathi's fun wisdom filled book that connects the dots on how to manage life in a happy, clear action oriented way. Perfect to read on a plane or car ride.
So now I am envisioning a Can Do desk calendar with a Can Do thought of the day. I hope there is more where this came from. I want to read more from this author!