A look at three cancer-related books to help you "survive the storm."
By SAKETH GUNTUPALLI, M.D., FACS, FACOG, AND MARYANN KARINCH
What is the impact of gynecological or reproductive cancers on a woman’s intimate relationships? The sensitive and oft-neglected subject of sexual intimacy receives the spotlight treatment in "Sex and Cancer: Intimacy, Romance, and Love After Diagnosis and Treatment."
Many more women are surviving gynecologic cancers than ever before. This book helps readers mitigate outcomes and overcome challenges of sexual dysfunction after a cancer diagnosis; reassess the priorities in an intimate relationship to support her struggle, healing and libido; and learn to interact with the professionals tasked with saving lives and enhancing those areas affected by cancer diagnosis and treatment. Written by a survivor of endometrial cancer and her gynecological oncologist, the book features personal stories from survivors that offer insight, comfort and suggestions for addressing questions about intimacy and sexual function that are often left unexpressed.
Hardcover, 182 pagesRowman & Littlefield 2017ISBN: 978-1442275089
"Surviving the Storm" is a book for people who want to tell the story of how they have been affected by cancer. It provides prompts to guide survivors in thinking about their experience, and how to tell their unique story of surviving or living with cancer. It helps them discover their authentic voice. The author, Cheryl Krauter, integrated her experience as an existential humanistic psychotherapist with her personal journey as a breast cancer survivor in shaping her book. A contemplative perspective inspires readers to explore themes of love, belonging and personal meaning related to their cancer journey. Personal stories of cancer survivors are highlighted, and poetry and writings related to cancer are interspersed throughout the book.
Paperback, 232 pagesOxford University Press 2017ISBN: 978-0190636166
CHAD MORRIS AND SHELLEY BROWN
This young adult book, based on a true story, tells the tale of a 12-yearold girl named Maddie, who has a quirky sense of humor and loves making her classmates laugh by slapping on fake mustaches. When Maddie starts tripping as she walks and her hand starts curling up at her side, her mother takes her to the doctor, who confirms Maddie has a brain tumor. In an instant, her world is turned upside down. With scary medical tests and surgery ahead of her, as well as typical sixth-grade problems, Maddie uses her friendliness, positive attitude, imagination and her fake mustaches to battle her challenges. She even gets an unexpected surprise when she receives hundreds of photos from friends, family members, and even complete strangers wearing fake mustaches to cheer her on. Sensitively told, Mustaches for Maddie highlights the power of humor, hope and love to strengthen the spirit and help people cope with the trials that cancer brings.
Hardcover, 256 pagesShadow Mountain 2017ISBN: 978-1629723303