Book Reviews: I'm Hot!... and I'm Bald! Chemotherapy for Winners by Elaine Jesmer
|5 stars, 3 reviews|
Elaine Jesmerabout this book: Chemotherapy is the kind of topic that makes people cringe. Unfortunately, at any given time there are literally hundreds of thousands of Americans on chemo - mostly being treated for cancer, but also for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and for transplants that require chemo drugs to prevent organ rejection.
When I was told I needed chemotherapy, I couldn't find anything "out there" about it. I could find out plenty about my particular disease, but nothing designed for patients facing treatment. No book existed to tell me what to expect and how to handle it.
So I decided to write a book about to fill that void. It's not the kind of book you browse. It's full of useful information about what to expect when you're in treatment and how to get through the program with the least amount of discomfort and inconvenience. Most of all, it's about how to get rid of the fear of the thing that can save your life, because fear is as much your enemy as your disease. It's the book I wish I'd had in my purse to refer to, before I walked into the Chemo Room for the first time.
The cover was selected because when we think of hair loss in connection with chemotherapy, we tend to think of it as a woman's problem, and it's not. Men lose their hair, too. The title comes from my having looked in the mirror when I had my head shaved, and I thought I looked surprisingly attractive. It was one of the many misconceptions I had, based on fear.
If someone you know is starting chemo, or currently in treatment - or if you know someone finished with treatment but still dealing with the side effects - this book would make a thoughtful present. And if the reader is you, I promise you will discover at least one helpful thing that you didn't know before.
I hope that soon I can arrange for a drug company to buy this book in bulk, brand it "Compliments of ..." and distribute it to health care organizations and treatment centers, so they can give it to their patients when they come in for treatment. I really don't think anyone going through chemo should have to buy a book about it. But until I can make this happen, the book is can be ordered at Amazon and on Kindle.
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Making Chemotherapy Less Scary
a review by Maria EspinosaAn extremely helpful and clear description of chemotherapy - how to work with it as a patient, what to expect, and different options. The book, written in a breezy, clear, compassionate style, sheds light on so much that is not customarily explained. I highly recommend it to patients facing chemotherapy, to their families, and last but not least to physicians. It should be in every oncologist's waiting room! Jesmer's bright, strong spirit shines through.
Reassures Patients and Caregivers TooJesmer addresses an awkward-to-talk-about subject in a manner that is so relaxed that I actually found myself enjoying what she had to say about the chemo experience. By covering the emotional, physical and medical details, she lessens a lot of the fear associated with this experience, for the patient, as well as the caregiver. A great resource book. [by Barbara V.]
Packs a PunchThis book is informative and at the same time compassionate and humorous. Elaine speaks from her own experience which lends her voice authority. 5 stars.
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