When Someone You Love Has Cancer: Comfort and Encouragement for Caregivers and Loved Ones
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Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 6.25 X 6.25 (inches)|
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When you're caring for someone with cancer, it's difficult to know how to truly be there and how best to respond to the unexpected twists and turns that accompany a devastating diagnosis. This comforting book inspires caregivers to seek peace and understanding in their loved one's situation, learn the importance of active listening, and explore their own feelings of confusion and unrest.
Beloved watercolor artist Michal Sparks' soothing paintings combine with practical helps and honest "I've been there" admissions from bestselling author and longtime pastor Cecil Murphey that detail handling both the physical and emotional challenges of illness. Caregivers will learn how best to handle anxiety and apprehension, answer questions honestly and with love, deal with their own emotions of exhaustion and helplessness, and bring hidden feelings to the surface.
This much-needed book uniquely combines practical ways to help a friend and family member deal with a devastating disease and spirit-lifting thoughts for celebrating the gift of life in the midst of troubles.
"I especially appreciated the short prayers at the end of each chapter and the helpful and very practical hints in the appendix.
"Thank you, Cec, for writing and thank you, Harvest House Publishers, for making this book available to people who need comfort and encouragement."
John R. Burbank
"Michal Sparks' watercolor illustrations are beautiful. The book is more than an quick-read. It even feels good to the touch, because the paper quality makes page-handling enjoyable. I highly recommend this book to everyone."
Vicki G. Castleberry, 39 years breast cancer survivor
"This book is a wonderful addition to Cec's Caregiver series."
Virginia Garberding, RN, director of education, The Wealshire
Rev. Suzy Cothran, pastor at Wythe Presbyterian Church in Hampton, VA
Pastor Carolyn A. Driver
YvonneOrtega5 Stars Out Of 5June 6, 2010YvonneOrtegaA Must-Have for Caregivers, Clergy, Counselors, Chaplains, Hospice, and Medical Oncology LibrariesAs a former pastor and volunteer hospital chaplain, Cecil Murphey had been around many cancer patients. As an author, he helped one woman write her cancer-survival story. However, when his wife got breast cancer, it was different. It became personal. He struggled to find a book that would help him as a caregiver. He found statistics, technical and medical information, and autobiographies of cancer survivors. Now that he is on the other side of his wifes diagnosis and she is a ten-year cancer survivor, Cec Murphey has written the book, When Someone You Love Has Cancer: Comfort and Encouragement for Caregivers and Loved Ones. The chapters are short with beautiful illustrations by Michal Sparks that provide an atmosphere of peace and comfort. Each chapter ends in a brief prayer. Cec writes from his heart in a down-to-earth practical way. The appendix is entitled Practical Things You Can Do to Help Those Diagnosed with Cancer. The tips are divided into three sections: Before You Offer Help, What You Can Do Now, and Long-Term Caregiving. Cec does a wonderful job of encouraging family and friends of cancer patients. As a nine-year cancer survivor, I wish this book had been around when I went through cancer. It would have helped my parents, the rest of my family, and my friends. Not only should caregivers have this book, but also ministers, hospital and prison chaplains, hospice personnel, counselors, and medical oncology libraries.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5July 31, 2009Christy LocksteinWhen Someone You Love Has Cancer by Cecil Murphey couldn't have come at a better time for me. Three days before I received the email about this book, I got word that my uncle's cancer had come back. As someone who is living this right now, this book is perfect. It's short and an incredibly easy read, perfect for anyone who's facing the horrible news but doesn't want to spend hours paging through a book filled with statistics and dry advice. Murphey's book has short anecdotes with down to earth wisdom for the family and friends of cancer sufferers. Some of the advice may seem like common sense, but when your life is turned upside down, common sense is remarkably rare. Each chapter ends with a short prayer for understanding and strength. The most important advice given is for caregivers to just listen and be present for those facing cancer, something that I needed to hear. This book offers hope in the midst of a frightening time. Now that I've finished reading it, I will be passing it on to my mom, and I'm sure that she will pass it on as well. It's that kind of book.