- Paperback: 82 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1514208083
- ISBN-13: 978-1514208083
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Riding the Cancer Coaster: Survival Guide for Teens and Young Adults Paperback – October 24, 2015
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"Her story offers practical advice and heartfelt encouragement to other young people facing the ordeal of cancer, its treatment, and the psychosocial implications of that treatment. With frankness, grace and poignancy, she shows us all - patients, parents, siblings, friends and caregivers - how to cope with one of life's most difficult challenges."
Ronald R. Peterson
President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System
"Every teen with cancer, their parents, friends, doctors and nurses should read this book. Clarissa Schilstra writes from profound personal experience in a poignant, clear and no holds barred manner about the psychological implications of undergoing treatment as a teenager."
Stephen Schimpff, MD
Former Director, University of Maryland Greenbaum Cancer Center
and author, Fixing The Primary Care Crisis
"In Riding the Cancer Coaster: Survival Guide for Teens and Young Adults Clarissa Schilstra, a two-time cancer survivor who went through treatment both as a child and adolescent, has shared her journey and the wisdom she has gained along the way. This inspirational book is a must-read for any teenager or young adult going through cancer therapy as well as for the parents of these patients."
Donald Small, MD, PhD
Director of Pediatric Oncology,
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital
"Clarissa Schilstra offers knowledge, wisdom, and advice to teenagers and young adults who are facing the travails of a cancer diagnosis. This is an essential book for anyone you know who is going through this life-changing chapter in his or her life."
Paul F. Levy
Former CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
"The lessons she shares were hard learned, but Clarissa's book can help survivors cope with medicine, doctors, family and friends; with fears and challenges...I have been through the battle with leukemia and bladder cancer, and I wish Clarissa's book had been around for me to read - and for my family to read..."
Mark H. Kolman, two-time cancer survivor
About the Author
Clarissa Schilstra is a two-time cancer survivor. She was diagnosed withacute lymphoblastic leukemia for the first time when she was two and ahalf years old. She went through two and a half years of chemotherapyand survived. She led a happy and healthy life until June of 2007, whenher cancer relapsed. So, she went through another two and a half yearsof chemotherapy, this time accompanied by radiation. She is nowtwenty-three years old and a graduate of Duke University. Her passion is helping others cope with the ups and downs of life during and aftercancer treatment. It is her goal to become a clinical psychologist andshe would like to help improve the psychological care available toadolescents and young adults who have serious illnesses. You can readmore about Clarissa on her website and blog at teen-cancer.com.
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