If you or someone you know is about to embark on chemotherapy, how helpful would it be to talk with someone who has gone through it? Would you have a little less fear after that person shared her experience with honesty and reassurance? Might you be a bit more prepared once you had answers from a survivor who stood in your shoes and successfully walked through the fire?
Reading “Getting Past the Fear, A guide to help you mentally prepare for chemotherapy,” is like talking with an empathetic, experienced friend. That friend is Nancy Stordahl, breast cancer survivor and blogger, and her guide is written from patient to patient with intimacy and warmth.
Nancy’s walked the walk and now she walks beside you to guide you through the process. Her book is conversational and leaves nothing unsaid:
- Giving yourself permission to feel whatever you feel
- How to ask for help
- The importance of research and asking questions until you are satisfied
- Questions to ask your oncologist
- What it is like to lose your hair
- The ins and outs of buying and wearing a wig
- The necessity of taking care of yourself
- Why you should consider journaling
- Plan a getaway before chemo starts and have something to look forward to when it’s complete
- Paying attention to your partner’s needs
- What to expect the first day of chemo
I believe The Secret to Making Your Way on Your Cancer Journey is very simple: find support from a network of people who “get it.” Nancy’s book offers the gift of experience and compassion that only a seasoned veteran can give. If you or someone you care about is about to start this journey, I highly recommend picking up Nancy’s guide here and reading it before you take another step.
Survival > Existence,
(FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment. This review also contains affiliate links that compensate WhereWeGoNow should you make a purchase.)