No. of Pages : 224
ISBN: 9781939629098
eISBN: 9781938301667
Released : 4/8/2014

Chemo-Therapist

How Cancer Cured a Marriage
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Book Description

What happens in a family when the father is faced with cancer, a family in which the mother is the local coupon queen and their yearly vacation consists of a day spent at a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant? Chemo-Therapy: How Caregiving Through Cancer Cured a Marriage details the journey and emotional and physical turmoil that a diagnosis of cancer brings to a marriage and a family with young children. More than that, Chemo-Therapist is a moving testimonial of a marriage and love renewed by the shared experience of a life-threatening illness.

"At the time of his diagnosis we’d been married for 27 years. We were no longer the naïve young college students who’d gotten married and played house for a few years.  We’d been through a lot together, including the births of eight children, two years of dealing with my chronic illness and a bout of unemployment for my husband. We’d settled into a stagnant existence as a lower-income, middle-aged couple juggling bills and babies. During the eleven days of visiting him after his surgery, alone together at the hospital and away from the cacophony of a house full of children, I found myself falling in love with my husband all over again. Caring for David during his recovery and further cancer treatment became an honor and a privilege."

Praise for Chemo-Therapist

“Mary Potter Kenyon tells a beautiful love story, describing her life as a mother of eight home-schooled children, struggling with financial problems, and the trauma of her husband’s fight against oral cancer. She serves up strong illustrative details covered with a double topping of honesty. No sugar coating here. If you’ve ever driven past a stranger’s house and wondered what goes on behind closed doors, you’ll want to open this book. But be fully warned! You’ll have trouble putting it down.”--Elaine Fantle Shimberg, author of  Blending Families and co-author of The Complete Single Father
 
“This intensely personal book openly talks about the issues that families face when a spouse is facing serious cancer treatments. Mary’s frank writing about the emotional problems they faces as a family and as a couple should be required reading for couples facing any life and death medical condition. Finding ‘the gift’ of a new relationship in the midst of stress and daily living will, I hope, inspire others to reach for the same goal.”--Jean Reed, co-author with her husband Donn, Lifetime Learning Companion
 
“Mary Potter Kenyon shares the story of what happened to her family when her husband David was diagnosed with oral cancer, and the story she weaves is compelling, enlightening, and utterly engaging. Every so often a book comes along which seizes the reader’s attention and draws him into the life and the everyday concerns of another person, a book which informs and illuminates and makes the reader stop and think hard about his own life. This is such a book.”--Helen Hegener, author of Alternatives in Education, The Homeschool Reader, and The Mantanuska Colony Barns

"Mary Potter Kenyon brings transparency, honesty, humor, and hope to spouses and family members caring for loved ones with cancer. With deep insight, she shares that illness can unlock doors to deeper levels in our relationships and lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and others. Chemo-Therapist is a must-read book about living and loving for anyone who wants to discover how to find joy in each day." —Shelly Beach, Christy award-winning author of Ambushed By Grace: Help & Hope on the Caregiving Journey and Precious LordTake My Hand: Meditations for Caregivers

About the Author

Mary Potter Kenyon
Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in psychology and is a reporter for...

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