At last, the definitive guide on how to respond when someone says, "I have cancer." Two-time cancer survivor Roseanne Kalick helps readers communicate caringly with the cancer patient. Many have had the gut-wrenching experience of having a friend or loved one reveal they have cancer, yet few can figure out how to react. Using real stories, Kalick conveys how much most people really want to say and do the right thing - and how they often fail. Even those in the medical profession who work with cancer are guilty of etiquette "don'ts." The book is intended for patients, caregivers, family members, and friends.
Table of Contents
Yesterday's Language; What We Say and How We Say It; What We Do; Gifts of Many Kinds; Be Patient with the Patient; The Professionals; It's OK to Laugh; Puzzle Pieces; More Pieces; Caring for the Caregiver; Reprise; Afterword: My Personal Cancer Story.