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Connecting through Compassion: Guidance for Family and Friends of a Brain Cancer Patient Editorial Review: When a family member or friend is diagnosed with cancer, life as you know it has ended. Not only must you face the chaos of doctorsâ€™ visits, exhausting treatments, and sleepless nights, you must try to savor every precious moment you spend with your loved one. Itâ€™s not easy. And when the diagnosis is brain cancer, you must endure all this plus one more challenge: the person you love may look the same, and sound the sameâ€”but he or she is not the same. His or her personality may changeâ€”sometimes in extreme ways. A kind and loving person may become angry and say hurtful things. A warm, upbeat person may withdraw or behave in self-destructive ways. In short, the essence of your loved one can disappear, even as he or she continues to live. Joni Aldrich and Neysa Peterson have each cared for a spouse with a brain illness. They have combined their insights in this practical, straight-talking book.
Readers will learn: â€˘ Symptoms a brain cancer patient may experience. â€˘ How to create and maintain a warm, comfortable, and safe environment. â€˘ Methods to use if communication becomes an issue. â€˘ How to deal with changes in personality, behavior, and emotions, including loss of social inhibition skills. â€˘ How to handle issues related to changes in memory and the resulting confusion. â€˘ How to work through indifference, sadness, and depression towards some peace. â€˘ How to cope with self-destructive behaviorâ€”safety is your number one concern! â€˘ How to have end-of-life discussions and fulfill final wishes.
You can continue to love and be loved as you brave the days that follow a brain cancer diagnosis. Connecting through Compassion lightens your burden by providing tools to help caregivers and patients alike make the most of the journey that lies ahead.
Endorsements: â€śDealing with brain cancer was a double whammy. Cancer was bad enough, but the injury to the brain was a whole additional nightmare, and you are right, there was no one to fully tell me what to expect. I think you are wonderful to write your book, which will be so helpful to others.â€ť ~Ellen Roundtree
â€śI wish I had had something like this book when I was dealing with my boyfriendâ€™s brain cancer and his suicide.â€ť ~Sharon McLaughlin
â€śGod knows we could have used a booklet like the one youâ€™re putting together. The hospice booklet was all about the last few weeksâ€”the dying...There were months before when we needed advice.â€ť ~Kelly Guenther
â€śI wish I had access to material that could have made the transition much easier. As you know, itâ€™s a day-to-day journey.â€ť ~Cynthia McKay, Psychotherapist