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Contents and Excerpts

Part 1: What Do I Do Now?

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Part 2: Dealing with the Emotional Dimension of Cancer

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Part 3: Becoming Informed

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Part 4: Understanding Medical Matters

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  • 19. Getting a Second Opinion
  • 20. Clinical Trials
  • 21. Pain Management
  • 22. Side Effects
  • 23. Palliative Care

Part 5: Alternative or Complementary Therapies

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  • 24. Defining and Describing Alternative and Complementary Therapies
  • 25. Ask First
  • 26. Three Categories for Considering Suggestions

Part 6: Working with and Relating to Your Medical Team

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  • 27. Bring Someone with You to Appointments
  • 28. Take Notes
  • 29. Focus Your Questions
  • 30. Share Streamlined Information
  • 31. The Gift of Empathy
  • 32. Laughter Enhances the Best Medicine
  • 33. Passivity Doesn’t Work
  • 34. Aggression Doesn’t Work
  • 35. Assertiveness Works
  • 36. Be an Appreciator
  • 37. Help Your Medical Team Help You

Part 7: Defining and Caring for Yourself

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  • 38. Don’t Let Cancer Define You
  • 39. Praise Yourself for Your Courage
  • 40. Do Something Nice for Yourself
  • 41. Go Easy on Yourself
  • 42. Holidays and Other Celebrations
  • 43. Have a Good Laugh
  • 44. Forgive Others
  • 45. Forgive Yourself
  • 46. Accept Help

Part 8: Relating to Immediate Family

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  • 47. Cancer Upsets the Family Dynamic
  • 48. Everyone Reacts Differently
  • 49. Go Easy on Each Other
  • 50. Share What You’re Feeling
  • 51. Ask Others How They’re Doing
  • 52. Listen Carefully
  • 53. Create a Safe Place

Part 9: Relating to Friends and Extended Family

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  • 54. Keeping Family and Friends Up to Date
  • 55. Some Relationships May Change
  • 56. Seek Listeners, Not Lecturers
  • 57. Find One or Two Triple-A Friends
  • 58. Tell Others What You Need
  • 59. Seeing Other People Go On with Their Lives
  • 60. Say No
  • 61. Say Yes
  • 62. Ignore Raised Eyebrows
  • 63. Avoid Toxic Individuals

Part 10: Additional Support

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  • 64. Find Kindred Spirits
  • 65. Consider a Support Group
  • 66. Share, Don’t Compare
  • 67. Be Open to Professional Counseling

Part 11: Spiritual Matters

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  • 68. The Spiritual Side of Dealing with Cancer
  • 69. A Spiritual Roller Coaster
  • 70. Be Totally Honest with God
  • 71. Exercise Your Spirituality
  • 72. Seek Out Spiritual Community

Part 12: Giving Back

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  • 73. Pay It Forward
  • 74. Become an Advocate

Appendix

  • Chronological Diagnosis and Treatment Tracking Tools
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