From my original diagnosis through treatment to health. I'll take you through every step of my journey and lay it all out there - my fears, my thoughts, my struggles and my triumphs.
Pages for you to write about your own journey. Writing is cathartic. Be it your story, your thoughts, fears and other emotions, or a poem or a song. Perhaps you're an artist or like to doodle. Whatever brings you peace, these pages are provided to give you the space to express yourself. At the bottom of the pages are quotes of healing, courage, hope and faith, written or said by many others who have walked this same journey. Let them inspire you and bring you strength.
Counsellors, diet, faith, relationships, wigs and many topics in-between. Life goes on and there are so many factors involved in your healing journey. This section provides discussion points on many of these with what I found and what I learned along the way. It provides you with key information and guides you along the path to identifying and managing your own personal healing strategies.
Family history, medications, allergies and more. Your history, general health and lifestyle factors all provide really important information for your medical team and you will be asked about them over and over. In this section you can record and keep track of that information so that its at your finger tips when you need it.
Where you need to be and what you need to ask your general physician, oncologist or radiologist. How many times have you said "oh I forgot to tell him...." or "I forgot to ask her....". Now you don't have to worry, space is provided under each appointment block for you to record those important questions and concerns so that you won't forget again.
Record and take control of your Chemo and radiation journey. Each round will be slightly different from the one that came before it. Keeping track of your protocol and individual treatments - medications, special instructions, side effects, questions and concerns will help you to feel more in control of this process and be better able to discuss your treatment with your health care team.
After the dust of the diagnosis settles a new one whirls when you realize that in order for you to drop everything so that you can be treated, you'll have to take care of some things, and even during treatment there are always little jobs and issues that come up and you'll want to either take care of them yourself or arrange for them to be done. This section is for you to record and keep track of the tasks you need to do, arrangements you need to make and people you need to thank.
Many people have to travel in order to receive treatment. That can be a stress all to itself but it can be made more manageable. In this section you'll find pages to record any transportation and accommodation arrangements you may need to make and your expenses along the way. Their are also travel tips and contact information for all major airlines, hotel chains and car rental companies across North America.
Your health care team will be made up of your GP, oncologist and any number of other health care specialists. You and your primary caregiver and Chemo/radiation buddies will need to have all their contact information close at hand, as well as the information for family and close friends. With large blocks of space provided you can record all the contact information and other pertinent details as well as.
Epilogue: My final comments on living with cancer.
Sharing the Proceeds: Information on our donation program.
Thank You: Saying thank-you to the special people who have helped me bring this project to life.
Credits: Giving credit where credit is due to all those who have allowed me to use their illustrations and photographs.