Sometimes, we just have to laugh. The title of this book didn't make sense at first. The patient thought she heard she had 'Fireballs in my Eucharist'. What she'd been told was that she had fibroids in her uterus.
From the publicist:
I believe that this is a book more applicable to Americans than Canadians. Our Canadian universal healthcare system is vastly different than the United States healthcare, whereby people pay for care, and then must claim it back from their insurers (if they have healthcare insurance).
That said, navigating one's way through any system is much smoother if you have a sense of the journey you are about to take, if you can name the places you will go, if you have learned to speak the language, or have a translation book with you. Not all of us know the proper names for our body parts. This is a crime. We prepare for trips, by researching what we will need to take, where we will go, and what we have to do to protect ourselves. This is the same for healthcare systems. We need the vocabulary to handle these situations. Those who travel on a journey need to be able to ask for directions. Those journeying through disease trajectory need to read everything they can, in order to understand what is going right and when things are going wrong and you need help. The definitions at the back of the book really helps.
Another benefit of the book is that it explains how cancer cells form, and gets down to the basics of cancer cells, what they look like and how they are differentiated from 'normal' cells.
Here are normals cells.
|And cancerous cells.|
|cells should grow and divide this way|
Too often we use battle vocabulary, but if we know anything about cancer cells, they are produced by our own bodies, in response to stress, chemicals in the environment, pollution, fatty tissue hormones, and the like. There are no winners or losers, as we all die and dying isn't losing or failure. We manage our cancer as best we can.I prefer to say: "We are confronting cancer."
In this book patients will discover:
1. How to educate yourself about cancer
2. How to navigate the medical system
3. How to anticipate the mental and physical challenges
4. How to leverage other life skills in the battle against cancer
These things can be the difference between life and death, and is especially relevant given the flood of newly insured patients entering into the healthcare marketplace with the enactment of the USA Affordable Care Act.
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Depending upon the tact, and the attitude of the oncologist, it is a moment in time when we are in shock. I've been an escort for a client whose GP told her that her breast cancer had returned. Her words were comforting for both her patient and to my ears:
This was a patient with several physical, and mental health issues. Her schizophrenia was being managed and her ODSP benefits were giving her much home support.
"You've confronted cancer before and showed great strength. We'll work on this together and I am confident you will handle it well."
This is a good reason to take people with us when we go to see a doctor. My mother thought she had a particular type of cancer, but when I researched it, she'd misheard them. I wrote about his in my book: I kept on doing research on my own, but could not find anything on leukoplatia (I learned later, in 2008 when I was researching for my book, that it was leukoplakia. “Cancer in the groin” was covered, but it did not seem to apply to her situation.
I took this book with me when we went for the pre-op appointment for hubby's cancer surgery. He's since had his surgery, all went well, and we are in post-recovery. Thank you to all who have enquired! The healthcare system can work well for most!
|Hubby's hospital bed,|
happy to be home!