You or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer. You're feeling blindsided, dazed, and more than a little overwhelmed--but you must take a deep breath, clear your head, and take charge. That's where this book comes in. Drawing from personal experience, Joni Aldrich offers straight-forward, step-by-step advice that will give readers the tools to have a fighting chance against cancer.
The Saving of Gordon is the story of Gordon Aldrich's battle with cancer, as well as an unflinching look at what he and his wife, Joni, might have done differently to save him. Although Joni and Gordon did not discover how to effectively approach cancer until it was too late, Joni has turned her loss into an invaluable resource for others.
Cancer is the toughest fight many of us will ever face. Knowledge is your armor, and the right cancer treatment is your weapon. Whether your cancer is a "cash cow" or rare, it's not about "simple"--it's about effective. Preparing for this battle will be a significant investment of your time, and it may mean leaving your comfort zone--so a well-formulated battle plan is a must.
Cancer is different from other diseases. There are numerous treatment options, and while doctors may be the experts, true medical professionals will request your input. Learn to balance personal choice with your cancer treatment options in order to build a winning team!
In this book, Joni provides you with the information that she would have wanted after Gordon was diagnosed! The Saving of Gordon was written to empower all of those who must wage a war against cancer. You must be involved and alert to win!
Readers will learn:
The different types of cancer treatments and how to choose a winning attack plan for you.
How and why different cancers require different approaches when finding a treatment facility.
The importance of knowing and understanding the Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights.
Why personal choice plays such a huge role in your fight against cancer, and how to exercise yours bravely and wisely.
The W-I-N method for finding the right treatment facility and oncologist for your stage and type of cancer.
How to build a winning team against your cancer.
The truth about cancer myths, such as: every treatment facility can treat most types of cancer, and you will use the same cancer facility throughout your care.
What attributes make for an effective cancer caregiver.
Where to find the emotional support both you and your cancer patient will need throughout the battle.
How to deal with the financial impact of cancer.
"My business partner Celia died from lung cancer on Christmas Day of 2006. I wish I'd had access to this book during those dark days, weeks and months after her diagnosis. The Saving of Gordon doesn't pretend to have "all of the answers." What it does, better than any book I've read on the subject, is help you get your hands around the questions. Joni Aldrich has written a practical, powerful and movingly written companion that will guide patients and those who love them through the most arduous journey they'll ever face." ~Dottie Dehart
Aristotle said, "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross lies your calling." We are born with a path to our own destiny. Some roads we choose. Some roads are chosen for us. It is my belief that I have been preparing to write The Saving of Gordon for most of my life. As a child, I was a better than average student. I wrote dramatic poetry. Before college, I worked at a newspaper. In my professional career, I have worked in analysis, documentation, communications and public speaking. But the real motivation for writing this book was two years of crisis in the cancer school of hard knocks. It is my destiny to relay this story to readers in a way that will help them in their cancer journey. It is my hope that someday, that journey will no longer be necessary for anyone.
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