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C is for Courage: A Coloring Book Journal for Living With Cancer Paperback – April 18, 2017
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"It is both a pleasure and privilege to recommend this C is for Courage coloring book journal as an excellent creative resource for clinicians working with cancer patients, as well as for individuals diagnosed with cancer who are looking to be creatively engaged and vitally involved in their cancer journey. The layout of this book gently guides its user through the very human world of cancer by artfully engaging individuals to steadily delve deeper into their cancer experience through insightful journaling cues, toward taking time to playfully color (in or outside the lines) of a beautiful mandala, toward connecting with a fellow cancer story or poem. All of which further prompts authentic self-discovery, while diminishing feelings of isolation at being alone in one's cancer experience.
As a Psycho-Oncologist, I am often seeking creative outlets, like this C is for Courage coloring book journal, for my patients to explore their authentic self and 'reason for being alive' in the face of cancer. The well-placed and paced journaling prompts (especially the pragmatic section on hair loss and the deeper section on survivor guilt) can be excellent therapeutic homework assignments to encourage cancer patients to creatively engage with specific cancer-related issues on their own and to further explore them together with their therapist in following sessions. I look forward to using this C is for Courage coloring book journal with my cancer patients to help encourage them to fully LIVE in the face of cancer by creatively sourcing out their own authentic story, meaning, purpose and living legacy in and through their cancer journey."
-- Shannon R. Poppito, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist | Psycho-Oncologist | Behavioral Health Oncology (BHOPE) Service, Baylor Sammons Cancer Center (Dallas TX), author of Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Patients with Advanced Cancer and Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Patients with Advanced Cancer
Over the past 23 years as an Oncology Nurse (and family member and friend of patients diagnosed with cancer), I have often been told by patients that the "known bad" is easier to handle than the "unknown". There are many times during diagnosis and treatment where patients, families, and caregivers are pending results of imaging, procedures, treatment, rehabilitation, etc. This is a time of great stress, fear, and anxiety related to the unknown results and outcomes. They often feel alone and isolated, even with great support systems around them.
In addition to helping patients remove barriers to care, I have often shared information and resources regarding modalities to help patients, families, and caregivers emotionally cope with the stress, fear, and anxiety associated with a cancer diagnosis...however, as the sole Oncology Nurse Navigator in the oncology practice where I work, I cannot personally connect with each and every one of our patients individually. I have witnessed that this is the case for many other navigators and clinicians.
I found the C is for Courage journal to be a unique, personal, and comprehensive piece that enables clinicians and support groups to provide emotional support to all patients, even in the busiest of clinics. This piece is wonderful in so many aspects, but particularly in its gentle approach of encouraging patients to self-reflect at their own pace via thoughtful identification and expression of their feelings throughout the entire trajectory (diagnosis through survivorship and palliative care). I will definitely be recommending this journal to patients to help them find inner strength and calm as well as feel empowered to express their feelings as they define their "new normal."
-- Gina Kuenstler, BSN, RN, OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Navigation Manager
"What a wonderful resource for both patient and family dealing with Cancer. Significant thought and research went into these publications, capturing the experiences of patients, helping them work through a myriad of issues and emotions, all working towards adjustment to their circumstances and finding power in their experiences. I recommend these resources for use both personally and clinically. They can easily be incorporated into treatment with a patient, allowing insight by the clinician into their patient's experience. Additionally it allows the patient to share their experience with both family and professionals to better enhance support for their needs. I look forward to having such a resource available for recommendation."
-- Dr. Martha Sorensen, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Clinical, Medical Rehabilitation and Behavioral Management, Neuropsychology
About the Author
Chloé McFeters is a writer, director, producer, and personal historian, and the owner of Tortoise and Finch Productions, LLC, an independent production company specializing in projects concerning social justice, public health, and human interest. She is the director and executive producer of You Look a Lot Like Me, a documentary film exploring the topic of intimate partner violence in the United States. The film is currently used as an informational and training resource in a variety of settings across the U.S., including universities, mental health clinics, libraries, etc.
In May 2017, Chloé released six coloring book journals for adults exploring a variety of topics and experiences, including surviving domestic violence, providing care for an adult loved one, and living with cancer or heart disease.
In her earlier days, Chloé held a variety of positions entirely unrelated to film/writing, including waitress, church secretary, appointment setter for an adjustable bed company, and sales representative for mobile medical record filing systems. Her first job was at a Dunkin’ Donuts and she wasn’t very good at it. She can’t remember whether or not she was fired, but feels fairly certain she should have been.
When she's not working, Chloé enjoys reading, dancing, cooking, gardening, traveling, and Red Sox baseball.
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