Sunday, May 13, 2012

Review of Caring for a Loved One With Cancer

Cancer is a horrible thing for anyone to have to endure. Everyone is affected, from the sick patient to her friends and family. No one really knows what the right thing is to do or to say when confronted with the illness. Author June Hunt decided to create her own guide for caregivers, based on her own experience as a cancer patient. In the first part of this book, she provides 50 ways that caregivers can help their loved one. Tips include sharing in the emotions, coordinating efforts for prayer and positive thinking, and helping around the house. Go on errands and bring special, meaningful gifts.

The second part of the book focuses on the special needs of children whose loved ones have cancer. People often forget about their feelings and confusion during these times. This section also talks about how to get through temporary trials. It includes a few extra do's and don'ts.

The back of the book includes lined pages so that readers can journal along their journey.

The information given in this book is quite useful to those who feel at a loss when watching a loved one go through cancer. The fact that it is written by a former cancer patient makes it that much more meaningful. This is someone who has been there and knows what is really helpful and what isn't. She was fortunate enough to have friends and family who seemed to have instinctively known what to do to help her through her own ordeal. She also had extreme faith in God.

Some people are turned off by a lot of talk about prayer and faith in God. This book weighs heavily on religion. If you are unable to look past that, then this book isn't for you. However, much of the information is useful, no matter what your religious viewpoint.

The end of the book also invites readers to share any further information that they would like to add to the book, for possible inclusion in later editions. I like the flexibility and desire to share the experiences of others.

I received a complimentary eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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