- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Saraband (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190864317X
- ISBN-13: 978-1908643179
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,300,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cellmates: Our lessons in cancer, life, love and loss Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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'Any reader opening [this book] will be taken to the heart of Rose and John's relationship and the gruelling experience they shared of John's cancer. It is a beautifully written testimony to the human spirit when stretched to its limits. The remarkably frank honesty of writing presents a truly challenging read no matter how experienced you are in the field of cancer care or of human suffering. But I encourage the reader to continue reading even through tears because this is both an enlightening and inspiring human story. I truly believe this book should be on the reading list for all those involved professionally in cancer care... As a Clinical Psychologist I strive to embrace a sense of human resilience and offer permission for human emotion in the face of serious challenges in life - this book succeeds in both. It will encourage others caring for someone with an incurable cancer and it will inspire all of us who fear cancer that there is a way through even such a daunting challenge.' --Elspeth Salter, Centre Head, Maggie's Fife
'Although I see patients with incurable illness every day and I like to think I understand a lot about what people endure, I was surprised by the impact of [this] story. This is a beautifully written book. It is firstly the story of two people who love each other and the journey, at times tumultuous, of that love story. Alongside this very personal, honest and touching account of their love is the struggle with cancer and all that it encompasses for both John, as patient, and Rose, as partner and carer... I think this is an outstanding read for all health care professionals... We talk about 'integrated care' but rarely about 'integrated outcomes'. ... It is a picture which no professional could ever build from reading a textbook or even an in-depth discussion at consultation. This book is a powerful gem: profound, honest, a love story, a journey through cancer, compellingly told.' --Professor Marie Fallon, St Columba's Hospice Chair of Palliative Medicine, Edinburgh Cancer Centre and University of Edinburgh
This is a compelling and articulate book, presenting a true story of love, laughter, suffering, hope and sadness. The story involves a rollercoaster of emotions and clearly portrays the power of human spirit … It is a highly valuable addition to the literature for people with cancer and those that support them (directly or indirectly, informally or professionally).… It will help those with cancer and those supporting them in their journey by offering a connection with others who have been through the experience. …[and with] a toolbox of ideas for those currently on their cancer journey. From a professional perspective, the story offers insight into what it is like to have, or to look after somebody with, cancer. --Former oncology nurse and breast cancer survivor
About the Author
Rose T Clark worked as a journalist and writer in corporate communications before taking time out to care for her partner with cancer. Since his death and her recovery, she has refocused her writing to help raise awareness of cancer and issues relating to cancer care. Cellmates is her first book.
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I've had a few friends lose loved ones to cancer and other illnesses and I've learnt so much from reading this that I hope will mean I'm a much better support to others in a similar position. It provides so many valuable insights for when you're caring and supporting someone who is very ill, that will hopefully make the experience less challenging for all involved.
I imagine this must have been a very hard book to write and I'm so grateful to Rose for having the courage to share her experiences, so others don't have to endure the same obstacles she and John did, during what is already a terribly sad and challenging time.
This is a highly readable book which covers a difficult subject matter but can be enjoyed by anyone. It is obviously written to give the couples personal perspective and documents their journey and their wish to see the story told so that it might help others in some small way.
Read it you wont regret it.
It was a real insight for me to read as a patient myself and also as a doctor.
Rose also gives great practical advice to others looking after a loved one who has cancer.
Have you have ever wondered what it is like to accompanying a loved one through the bleak and tortuous, terrifying hopeful helpflessness of medical interventions, to their death? If so, then this is certainly a book that will help you glimpse that world. It is brutally truthful and I admire the author's honest self appraisal and reflections throughout. She does not hold back and her words could well be a balm for those who have travelled this road and remain burdened by the guilt such experiences often leave with us.
On the other hand, if you are in the throes of such an experiences and seeking an emotional companion, then you might find what you read quite overwhelming.
The diary style of this story readily lends itself to a drip feed of information, which accurately mimics the pace of such experience and events, while offering respite from its traumas.
And despite its essential tragedy, like real life, ithe reader is allowed ultimately to be part of the process of recovery, shadowing the author as her life blends back into a new, if altered, reality.
This is not a 'feel god' book, but that is not its purpose.
This is a book that will open eyes we often prefer to hold tightly shut.
So if you're brave enough, take a deep breath and start reading... Then when you finish, exhale.
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