Synopses & Reviews
Culled from the author's years of knowing, comforting, supporting, and treating cancer patients, Debra Jarvis' book is a heartfelt ode to both her own experiences with cancer -- both as a chaplain in a cancer clinic, and as a cancer patient herself -- and to those who share them. Exploring both the spiritual and personal aspects of cancer, as well as the social and cultural views of health, disease, life, and death, Jarvis's account speaks to the uncertainties, fears, and overall process inherent in dealing with the disease. She writes with great honesty, humor, and wisdom, and the overall effect is one that both charms and moves the reader.
For more than two decades, author Debra Jarvis has counseled cancer patients in her work as a chaplain. Then, in an ironic twist, she herself was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. This warm, wise book blends these stories. Armed with humor, candor, and an indomitable spirit, Jarvis opens a rare window into the interwoven world of medical technology and procedure, human vulnerability and strength, and the spiritual issues that converge in the experience of living through illness and living through life.
About the Author
Debra Jarvis is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A multi- denominational general oncology chaplain for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and a popular speaker, she lives in Seattle.