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Cancer Sucks, but You'll Get Through It

A Guide from Detection to Remission to Getting On with Your Life
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Three-time cancer survivor Michelle Rapkin offers an unrivaled guide for anyone who has heard the words, "It's cancer." Infused with hope, laughter, and advice, this book curates personal experience with priceless learning from interviews with cancer survivors around the country. Cancer Sucks, but You'll Get Through It will equip you with the non-medical tools and tips needed to make it through cancer treatment sanely. Surviving cancer--and thriving--isn't just about medicine. It's about managing your needs, emotions, relationships, and more. Rapkin is the bedside friend who gives you the inside scoop: why your nose might start running when your hair falls out, how to organize hospital paperwork, what to do when depression rears its head, and even how to talk to your loved ones (and not-so-loved ones) about your diagnosis. There's a wealth of help in the experience of those who have been there and discovered ways to deal with the many bumps on the cancer journey. "Cancer is a cold planet," Rapkin says, but she serves as a warm guide to help you sidestep or defuse the buried bombs, both around us and within. Cancer Sucks but You'll Get Through It offers invaluable relief as you move through the scariest terrain of your life, from someone who's been there.
Michelle Rapkin is a three-time cancer survivor. First diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2000, she is intimately acquainted with the ins and outs of cancer. A graduate of Cornell University, Rapkin has spent over thirty years in the publishing industry, working on hundreds of books including more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers. She is the editorial founder of Crossings Book Club. She currently lives in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, just steps from the beach--her happy place.
1 just diagnosed You've Just Been Named CEO First Things First Hurry Up and Wait Breaking the News Choosing Your Oncologist If You Have Breast Cancer (Not for Women Only) The Hire: Choosing the Best Candidate for the Job 2 your body What You Should Know Before You Start Treatment Hair Issues: Why You Shouldn't Buy a Wig for More than $150 Coping with Side Effects For Women Only: If You're Going to Have a Mastectomy Your Weight (Good News/Bad News) Managing Pain Important Documents 3 your mind and spirit Remember: You Come First How Do You Know How You're Coping with Cancer When You've Never Had It Before? Your Mind: You're Not Losing It--Chemobrain Mind Games Dealing with Depression Matters of the Spirit Prayers for Healing and Peace Maintaining a Positive Attitude without Feeling Like a Human Smiley Face Retail Therapy Beats Chemotherapy 4 humor--it really is the best medicine What's Funny about Cancer? Jokes Only a Cancer Patient Could Love 5 well-meaning family, friends, and strangers Your Spouse Your Parents Your Children Friends, Strangers, and Answers to "How Can I Help?" 6 staying home and going out Staying Home Making the Most of Going Out 7 top (approximately) ten ... Things to Do While Waiting ... Music to Have Chemo By Movies to Entertain and Distract Novels to Make Time Fly Helpful Cancer Books Cancer Web Sites Myths about Cancer Bible Passages to Comfort and Encourage Things to Remember When You're Really Down Things Others Can Do to Help That Take Less Than Thirty Minutes Good Things That Will Happen as a Result of Chemo 8 complementary, integrative, and alternative treatments Resources for Further Information 9 survivor! Saying Good-bye to Treatment
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