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Author Nathanson, S. David.

Title Ordinary miracles : learning from breast cancer survivors / S. David Nathanson with David Stringer.

Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM BioMed  362.19699449 NATH    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 185 pages ; 25 cm.
Series The Praeger series on contemporary health and living, 1932-8079.
Praeger series on contemporary health and living. 1932-8079.
Notes Includes index.
Contents Introduction: Why and How We Wrote This Book xi -- 1 Case Study-Pamela Brady: "A Bump in the Road of Life" 1 -- 2 Detection: "It Was a Nice Spring Day..." 15 -- 3 Diagnosis: "This Can't Be Happening to Me" 23 -- 4 Case Study-Sally Sawyer: "A Life Beyond Cancer" 37 -- 5 Surgery: "This Wasn't Bad" 45 -- 6 Chemotherapy: "Fear Is Diminished When You're Aware" 57 -- 7 Radiation: "Your Personal Battery Runs Way Low" 67 -- 8 Support Systems: "An Extremely Emotional Time for My Family and Friends" 75 -- 9 Spiritual Connection: "Make Me Feel Like a Whole Person" 87 -- 10 Case Study-Wendy Goldberg: "I Am Here" 95 -- 11 Afterward: "An Abundance of Resilience" 123 -- 12 Case Study-Linda D'Antonio: "A Thief in the Night" 131 -- 13 Advice: "Trust in the Lord. See Your Doctor" 143 -- 14 Case Study-Arlene Kalley: "Hope-Again" 149 -- 15 Case Study-William C. Rands, III: "You Had a Mastectomy?" 155 -- Epilogue: What I Learned from My Patients 167.
Summary "S. David Nathanson is an esteemed, longtime surgeon who calls the survival rates today for women and men facing breast cancer nothing short of an "ordinary miracle." Ordinary because the vast majority of patients live at least two decades after diagnosis, due to great advances that have been made in early detection, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But also a "miracle" because we know that key elements for a woman or man succeeding in a personal battle against breast cancer include completely intangible qualities of courage, fortitude, trust, persistence, faith, and hope. Although science cannot completely explain it, a supportive network of family and friends with those qualities also empower patient survival and recovery. In these pages, Nathanson shares stories from his patients, teaching us about the experience of breast cancer and explaining how they found and fueled the will and power to defeat the disease. Even surgeon Nathanson himself cannot fully describe what goes through the hearts and minds of breast cancer patients as they discover, deal with, and finally triumph over the diagnosis. So in this book he acts as a narrator, letting his ordinary yet miraculous cancer survivors tell their stories, certainly filled with fear of the known and unknown, and with pain, but opening up to courage, love, sometimes humor, and finally hope. "It is hope that firms up their resilience; hope that initiates their fortitude. Hope is an important component of healing," says the surgeon. Seventy-one survivors, including one man, tell their stories to ilustrate every step of the experience."--Publisher's website.
Other author Stringer, David.
Subject Breast -- Cancer -- Patients -- Case studies.
Breast -- Cancer -- Patients -- Anecdotes.
ISBN 9780275994693 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0275994694 (hbk. : alk. paper)