Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage by Mary Potter Kenyon (Paperback / softback, 2014)
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- DescriptionWhen Mary Potter Kenyon s husband David was diagsed with cancer in the summer of 2006 she searched libraries and bookstores for books on cancer and the caregiving experience. What she discovered was a plethora of technical and medically-oriented books or those written by a caregiver whose loved one had died, a scenario she refused to contemplate. While serving as David s companion during Wednesday chemotherapy treatments, Mary began journaling about their experience as a couple and parents of young children as they navigated the labyrinth of cancer. It soon dawned on her that she was writing the very book she had searched for upon David s diagsis: one that goes beyond the cancer experience to give hope and inspiration to the reader. Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage is a moving testimonial of a relationship renewed by the shared experience of a life threatening illness. Initially, after David s diagsis, I would cringe when I read books or articles by cancer survivors who stated that cancer had been a gift in their lives. How could all that David endured be viewed as a gift? The invasive surgery, the weeks of chemotherapy and radiation: a gift? Yet, after the cancer, David would often reach for my hand and say, If it is cancer that is responsible for our new relationship, then it was all worth it. And I d reluctantly agree that cancer had been a gift in our lives. We d both seen the other alternative: patients and survivors who had become bitter and angry, and neither one of us wanted to become that.
- Author BiographyMary Potter Kenyon graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1985. She has worked as a freelance writer for over 25 years and is widely published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies, including five Chicken Soup books. Her essay, A Mother's Masterpiece, which dealt with the connection between creativity and grief, was published in the January/February issue of Poet & Writer's magazine. She is the author of Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession (Familius, August 2013). Several of her devotions will be included in the Zondervan grief Bible, Hope in the Mourning, to be released in November of 2013. She currently writes a weekly couponing column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald newspaper and holds couponing workshops for area community colleges, libraries, and women's groups. She conducts writing workshops for Hawkeye Community College, the River Lights bookstore in Dubuque, and the Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. She does public speaking for women's groups and churches. Mary was her husband's caregiver during months of cancer treatment in 2006. Excerpts of her caregiving story have appeared in Voices of Caregiving (LaChance Publishing, May 2010), Love is a Flame (Bethany House, July 2010), and God Makes Lemonade (God Makes Lemonade, August 2010). Her essay on caregiving Feel Like Crying? Pinch Your Nose, was featured on the Survivor's Review online magazine, Volume XII. Mary's author website can be viewed at marypotterkenyon.com
- Author(s)Mary Potter Kenyon
- Date of Publication08/04/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectCoping with Problems & Illness
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Weight268 g
- Width154 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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