From the Author
Many years ago, when some people became mysteriously ill and died, there was no name for what was happening to them. Years later, the illness was identified as cancer. Though doctors knew what it was, they did not know how to cure it, and people continued to die. Ignorance and fear made people feel uncomfortable talking about cancer, while the patient felt isolated from family and friends. As science advanced, treatments were developed that successfully fought and sometimes cured cancer. Although we have advanced medically in the treatment of cancer, we have not advanced psychologically in our ability to talk about it. Once Upon a Hopeful Night was created as a tool that parents can use to break the news to their children and open the lines of communication so that the specific situations of each family can be addressed. I want parents and children to know that with every day, there is hope for new treatments, hope for recovery, and hope for cure.
About the Author
In 1991, while pursuing her career and raising her family, Risa Yaffe's world was turned upside down with a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She was immediately faced with very aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments while trying to parent through the cancer experience. The concern for her young children's peace of mind and well being inspired her to write Once Upon a Hopeful Night. Her story conveys information, opens discussion about cancer, and helps parents and children cope with the illness affecting their family. She is involved with the Washington Coalition for Cancer Survivors where she helps others facing a cancer diagnosis. Risa Yaffe was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area where she works and lives with her husband and two teenage children.