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When Cancer Hits: Your Complete Guide To Taking Care of YOU Through Treatment Paperback – September 15, 2011
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Battling cancer is a Herculean task that requires courage, fortitude, and many, many decisions. There are lots of experts in the field, but advice from one who went through it herself is invaluable. I wish this book had existed during my own battle. --- Fran Drescher, Actress, Cancer Survivor, Health Advocate, President of Cancer Schmancer
This is the book I wish I had for every patient diagnosed with cancer. It fills the void between the diagnoses and the journey onward. A great blueprint for how to cope with the journey from choosing safe personal care products to addressing all the changes that your skin and body will go through to managing side effects. - --Dr. Madeline Krauss, M.D.
This is the book I wish I had for every patient diagnosed with cancer. It fills the void between the diagnoses and the journey onward. A great blueprint for how to cope with the journey from choosing safe personal care products to addressing all the changes that your skin and body will go through to managing side effects. --- Dr. Madeline Krauss, M.D.
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What Aragon does in this book is to provide a comfort zone for thinking about, planning ahead, coping, and being proactive in dealing with the rarely discussed accompaniments of having cancer. As she states 'Cancer changes you - how is up to you' and from there she details management of changes in the body - both internal including psychological and external meaning appearance - to facilitate returning to the world in as state that is perhaps not pre-cancerous, but at least appearing, feeling, and functioning in a healthy way.
Her chapters address issues that non-cancer people probably never consider - how to deal with skin changes, respecting the new quality of skin caused by chemotherapy, reducing the toxins in the home that threaten healthy skin and body, the various techniques to be kind to your integument, what to do about losing hair - not only from the scalp but from the eyebrows and lashes - solutions for nausea, itchy skin, dry eyes, nights sweats, being particular about makeup products, etc. She also provides information about diet and nutrition, care for the assaulted boy through exercise, meditation, massage, reiki,yoga, tai chi, and simply walking - a preventative measure that treats both the body and the mind and the quest for release from the side effects of the disease (and treatment!) of attack.
Some may find this book 'homespun' in the style of writing, but those people should place themselves in the shoes of a cancer survivor. Life is precious and we are the guardians of our castle. This fine book by Britta Aragon draws the reader into the areas physicians often forget to address - life beyond cancer. Aragon shares her wisdom openly: it is practical, well researched and experienced, and pleasure to read. Grady Harp, October 11