Own Your Cancer:
A Take-Charge Guide for the Recently Diagnosed and Those Who Love Them
This is a critical time in your life's journey.
Who do you and your family & friends turn to?
Who guides you through the challenges of cancer staging & treatment?
Who Takes Charge? YOU DO.
Just as no two people are the same, no two cancer patients are the same. Each cancer patient and each cancer is unique. However, it is faster and, frankly, easier for the health care system to view all cancer patients similarly. In order for cancer patients to ensure that their care is appropriately tailored to meet their unique medical, personal, and emotional needs, they must maintain their independence and authority over their lives - they must "own their cancer." Cancer ownership does not mean that the patient does not fear dying from the cancer. Cancer ownership means that the patient chooses to remain in charge of her or his life, a life that now includes cancer. Cancer owners accept that there are now things to learn and decisions to be made to determine with whom and how best to fight the malignancy. Moving from "cancer victim" to "cancer owner" is the most important first step a newly diagnosed person can take.
Own Your Cancer Table Of Contents:
II. What the Hell Do You Mean, "Own Your Cancer?"
III. I've Got Cancer . . . What Now?
IV. Keep Wiping Your Own Ass
V. Now The Medical Stuff: The "Lingo" Of Cancer
VI. I Hope You Haven't Met: How Cancer Spreads
VII. Just Look At A Map: How Your "Cancer Burden" Is Staged
VIII. It's All About You, Baby: Picking Your Doctors
IX. The Witches' Brew: Understanding Cancer Treatments
X. I Think I'll Just Drink Wheat Grass Juice
XI. Talking About The Scary Stuff
XII. You May Not Like Your Relatives, But You Should Help Them
XIII. What About Sex? Living With Cancer
XIV. So Now You Know . . .
- A reader who lost her husband and brother-in-law to cancer