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Why is She Acting So Weird?: A Guide to Cultivating Closeness When a Friend is in Crisis Paperback – March 4, 2015
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Here, with unflinching honesty, McRobbie relives the pains, triumphs and, yes, awkwardness, of navigating her friendships while facing down cancer. Why is She Acting So Weird? was exactly what I was in the market for--packed with thoughtful, concrete guidance based on real experience. During a crisis, it takes a village. And sometimes that village could use instructions. Why is She Acting So Weird? is that instruction manual. -Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, PEOPLE Magazine correspondent.
As a physician, I strive to offer my patients more than just the technical aspects of surgery and disease management. I have tried to offer care to my patients that goes beyond the disease itself. Since reading Why is She Acting So Weird?, I have changed how I view patients and value so much more the family and friend support system that is essential to healing. I have modified my approach and now encourage my patients to seek that community support.
- Hernan I. Vargas, MD, Director of the Inova Breast Care Institute at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
It is our life's work to create a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. Why is She Acting So Weird? is going to play an important role in that work. McRobbie has created an important tool for friends who are at a loss for how to help their friend cope with cancer diagnosis or other crisis. The practical guidance in this book will benefit friends and survivors alike.
- Brock Yetso, President and CEO, and Brian Satola, COO and Senior Director of Awareness and Activation, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
With wit, wisdom and a modern new voice, McRobbie deftly weaves a brave and heartfelt cancer memoir with a practical guide on the healing power of female friendship.
- Jill Kargman, New York Times best-selling novelist and creator/writer/lead actress in Bravo's new scripted series, Odd Mom Out.
Reviewed by Emilija Ryks for Readers' Favorite
For anyone that has ever had a friend or relative or even been the one going through a crisis, be it medical, familial or occupational, there is no denying the fear and abruptness of change that can put even the best of us off our usual game. Jenn McRobbie shares personal examples from her battle with cancer as they relate to her friends and how they helped her get through her crisis. Her unique perspective... (Read on at: readersfavorite.com/book-review/why-is-she-acting-so-weird)
About the Author
Jenn McRobbie is a recovering Army Captain and lawyer who has found that her life long desire to “help people” is better achieved through being a life coach and speaker. Jenn worked with cancer survivors of all types long before her own diagnosis with breast cancer. Jenn hopes that her experience will enable her to positively impact the lives of survivors, their families and most importantly — with this book — their friends. Jenn lives in Virginia with her husband, two beautiful daughters, dog and a host of friends to enjoy wine with on the front porch.
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Top Customer Reviews
It’s hard to maintain friendships when you’re sick. You can’t depend on your energy or pain levels, so you often have to cancel or change plans. You can’t physically do the things you used to do. Places that you used to meet for coffee may now be fibromyalgia flare triggers because of noise, uncomfortable chairs, or driving.
The really hard part is that we can’t explain any of this well enough. Our friends try, but they just don’t understand, “why we’re acting so weird.”
Thank God for Jenn McRobbie and her book! I mean that in all seriousness. I fully intend on having every single one of my clients read this book and pass it along to their friends.
Jenn is a breast cancer survivor. This book was born out of watching her friendships grow and change while she was in crisis. While she has survived her brush with cancer, not all of friendships did. Jenn says that this book is what she wished her friends could have read when she was diagnosed.
In “Why is She Acting So Weird?”, Jenn covers important topics such as:
- How your friend can build a support system for herself so that she can support you.
- Simple ways she can show that she cares about you without making you feel guilty.
- How your friend should communicate about your illness through social media. (This is a GREAT chapter!)
- Ways to help you that add to your life versus subtracting from it.
- How to avoid the pitfalls of giving advice. (OMG how many times have we heard, “Have you tried…?”)
- What it means and how it feels to accept help.
When you’re going through a crisis, such as living with fibromyalgia, it can be hard to see the ways that we are, “acting so weird.” Jenn’s book is really great for giving that insight. There were several points where I thought, “Huh. Yeah. I didn’t even know I was doing that!” If you’re a patient, read this so that you can see yourself through your friends’ eyes.
You particularly need to read this if you love someone who is living with fibromyalgia. This book will give you insights into what your friend is thinking plus several things you can do for her that will actually help. Jenn also includes some online resources.
Jenn’s openness about her own relationships—the ones that got stronger and the ones that didn’t—give an honesty to this that is missing from many relationship “self-help” books. She talks about her hurt and anguish, as well as the times she felt well-loved. Her conversational writing style makes this a really easy read.
Jenn was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her life changed irrevocably. She shares the things that worked--and didn't work--when interacting with her friends. Sadly, not all friendships survive cancer. But this book will help, if just a little, in knowing how to ease the burden for your friend who is going through so much.
It's a quick read, and I highly recommend it!