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Unbreakable spirit : facing the challenge of cancer in New Zealand

by Karen McMillan

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This book is Karen McMillan's response to her involvement with cancer. It is the book she wished she had had while coping with her parents' illnesses and subsequent death. Karen McMillan has continued to work as a Hospice volunteer and to seek knowledge and understanding of cancer and how it affects other people and other families. Unbreakable Spirit tells her family's story and records the experience of 20 people (aged between two and 80) facing cancer - people from all walks of life, with different cancers, treatments, attitudes and backgrounds - some who have survived and others who are terminally ill. There are also stories from families who share how they coped with the death of a loved one, hospice workers, an oncologist, and a GP and counsellor. As well as the physical challenges, people talk about their emotions and spirituality, the impact cancer has on family and friends, their dreams and aspirations. People talk candidly about how their relationships are affected by cancer. For some there is financial insecurity and the loss of their career. For others it is the beginning of a new stage in life. Insightful and inspirational, Unbreakable Spirit will help anyone facing cancer - and their family and friends. Through the wide range of stories they will see that there are many ways of living with cancer. The information provided by the medical practitioners, cancer nurses and hospice workers who have contributed will help demystify the strange new world that a patient and their families are thrown into. Previously an award-winning freelance designer, three years ago she traded a successful career in fashion for working in book publishing. She is a prolific writer who has had a variety of articles and short stories published.
  Wanganuihighlib | Oct 14, 2015 |
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Unbreakable Spirit is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of cancer. It tells the true stories of people who have survived cancer and those who are terminally ill. It also shares the experience of people who have had a loved one die from cancer, and includes information from a number of health professionals.… (more)

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