- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; First edition (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762759011
- ASIN: B004P5OQII
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,915,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Planet Cancer: The Frequently Bizarre Yet Always Informative Experiences and Thoughts of Your Fellow Natives First Edition
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About the Author
Heidi Schultz Adams founded Planet Cancer in 2001 after her own treatment at twenty-six for a rare type of bone cancer. Planet Cancer, now a LIVESTRONG initiative, is a community of advocacy and support for young adults with cancer. Heidi is also the coauthor of Here and Now: Inspiring Stories of Cancer Survivors. Christopher Schultz is the founder of Start Here Project Development, which works with businesses and nonprofits to strengthen their communications. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, ESPN: The Magazine, and Men’s Journal, and he is the coauthor of The Yo Momma Vocabulary Builder. Planet Cancer is now a part of Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG.org.
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Every person in the field of Oncology should have boxes of this book in their office, house, car or somewhere - so that every time a native of Planet Cancer crosses their path, they can give them this book. It is a roadmap to the rocky terrain that is Planet Cancer. It provides VITAL (I will say that again, VITAL) information for people in the "lost generation" of cancer patients. In the most honest and forthright way, the contributors to this book tell it like it is. Whether it's about the early days of being diagnosed to how to deal with work, family, kids to fertility issues to how to keep one's sanity while living with cancer. I truly wish I had been given this book on December 22, 2007 when I was diagnosed with the first of the two kinds of cancer I've had.
There's one more reason why everyone should buy this book - because I wrote some things for the book. Yes, I wrote the section on "What it's really like to have a Colostomy." You can read about me and the adventures I've had with Vesuvius - my colostomy. I put it out there for all to read in the hopes it will help someone else who is going to lose their bunghole and poop in a bag hanging off their stomach! (told you the book was honest!)
As Gilda Radner said, "Cancer gave me membership to an exclusive club to which I'd rather not belong." That is so true. But I can say this, being a native of Planet Cancer has brought some incredible people into my life - several of whom are in this book. Reading this book will bring them into your life as well and your heart will be more full because of them!
This book does exactly what it says: it informs you about the technical bull you'll have to deal with, and also gives you a little emotional insight into those that have walked the path before you. Whether you are scared of a certain procedure or medication, or have a certain emotion that no one in your real life understands, or your radiology tech is just being a jerk, there's SOMEONE else who has been there.
In a perfect world, I'd have 100,000 copies of this book to hand out to everyone I know.
Planet Cancer gives a voice to young adults and provides an extraordinary amount of useful and hopeful information. It's an essential must read. It is my sincere hope that someday there won't be any need for this book. But until a cure is found for all cancers there now is a 'planet' where young adults feel welcome, embraced and very well informed.
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