"I don't know what to say" and "I don't know what to do" are common responses to a life threatening diagnosis. Voices of Cancer is here to help. This new book by Lynda Wolters is a must read for anyone faced with a serious illness.
The Cancer Shift is excerpt from the Preface for this book. Lynda wrote for our blog,
Due to my chemo-induced fog, I was forced to carry around a small notebook everywhere I went; its intention was so that I could remember what people said to help take some of the awkwardness out of my inability to retain much at that time. What I noticed from my mini diary was there was a constant theme surrounding cancer patients, a difference in their perspective from others in my life who were not diagnosed with cancer. What I saw was those who were facing a life-altering, perhaps terminal diagnosis, had a new, very clear sense of perspective regarding life; they had a cancer shift.
What is the cancer shift you may wonder; simply put, it is the simple realization that life is fabulous!
This book takes the reader to many emotional truths about cancer and how it effects the patient and non-patient. Insights about living, healing, and being terminally ill. We sometimes as a friend or family member, don't know what to say or do for someone with cancer. From my experience, when someone doesn't know what to do they don't show-up at all which is even more painful for everyone involved.
This book is a must read for anyone effected by cancer.