Picking Up the Pieces: Moving Forward after Surviving Cancer (Paperback)
Stepping back into everyday life after having faced a life-threatening illness is not as simple as it sounds. Now what? How do you pick up the pieces of your life and put them back together again? There are no guidelines to follow once treatment for cancer finishes--no bridge from hospital to home. How do you discuss the variety of changes you are experiencing when you may not even know how to describe them? All you know is that you are confused and that you feel out of sync with yourself and with others.
Picking Up the Pieces will guide you through this difficult time. Reassuring, realistic, and insightful, this book presents a unique four-phase process with useful daily practices to support you along your recovery journey. Drawing on the inspiring voices of cancer survivors, the authors give practical advice on how to design your own unique Healing Plan, including suggestions on ways to handle physical side effects and stress, and how to connect with yourself, with others, and with a higher power. They provide informational and educational resources and professional support services, and they suggest ways that you may find healing through your own contributions and creativity.
For the more than 10 million cancer survivors in North America who have spent months and, in many cases, years, battling disease, this book is essential for reclaiming mind, body, and spirit to move forward with recovery.
See a talk by co-author Kathy Scalzo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvINDkcLRuE
About the Author
Sherri Magee, Ph.D. , is an independent oncology researcher who has designed cancer recovery programs for more than fifteen years and has trained health care professionals to work with survivors. She is the cofounder of the "Abreast in a Boat" Dragon Boat Society and past executive director of the Hope House Cancer Center and chair of the "Back on Track" cancer rehabilitation program.
Kathy Scalzo, M.S.O.D., is president of a consulting group specializing in change and transition management. Over the last twenty years, she has designed and implemented change initiatives for well over 200 health care organizations. She is the past president of the Board of Hope House Cancer Society and a faculty member of the Canadian Medical Association's Physician Management Institute.
This is a book of deep experience. The survivors' voices are wise and inspiring. The advice is practical, sensible, and supportive. Give it to anyone you know who has cancer. Buy it for yourself.
— James S. Gordon
Picking Up the Pieces is a wonderful and important gift for cancer survivors. It is written by two highly skilled, deeply caring women with decades of experience assisting people to effectively navigate cancer and life's other great transitions. Filled with wisdom, heart, insight, and practical advice, this book will profoundly enrich and enhance the recovery process.
— Jeremy Geffen, M.D.
This book is about the period after cancer diagnosis and treatment, described by survivors as “an in-between place, limbo,
a weird nothingness, a neutral zone”, or the Void....Picking Up the Pieces is easy to read, practical, moving and insightful. I liked the way in which the authors provided doable strategies for living through this difficult period, wrote about challenges to making changes, and advanced counterarguments to help the reader move ahead. I strongly recommend this book as a resource for friends, family members and clients.
— Anita M. Unruh