Eat Ice Cream For Supper: A Story Of My Life With Cancer. A Guide For Your Journey by Kathy Manning GronauEat Ice Cream For Supper: A Story Of My Life With Cancer. A Guide For Your Journey by Kathy Manning Gronau

Eat Ice Cream For Supper: A Story Of My Life With Cancer. A Guide For Your Journey

byKathy Manning Gronau

Paperback | October 8, 2013

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One in three women and one in two men will have cancer before they die.
What will you do when it touches your life?
Kathy Manning Gronau was forced to answer this question---twice! First, cancer tapped on her husband’s shoulder and took him away. Three weeks after his death, cancer tapped again, this time on her shoulder. As an RN armed with new knowledge and the experience of her husband’s cancer journey, Gronau was able to navigate and endure the medical, psychological, and emotional journey through cancer to survivorship. Now she’s clearing the path for you.
Inside you will discover:
* How to deal with a cancer diagnosis and what questions to ask as your journey begins
* The various roles of your medical team and how to find the right one
* The complex dance of treatment along with common tests, procedures, and terminology
* How to identify death when he comes knocking and how to prepare for his arrival
* Adjusting to life after death and understanding the grieving process
* How to capture and appreciate the joy in fond memories of loved ones passed
When cancer touches your life, grab your copy ofEat Ice Cream for Supperand gather up the courage and knowledge to move forward. You don’t have to go through it alone.
Kathy Manning Gronau is an RN/Counselor who has survived breast cancer, diagnosed just weeks after her husband of forty-two years died of colon cancer. She is a member of the Christian Writers Fellowship in Girard, KS, where she has won awards in poetry and children’s fiction. She has been published in the CWF Newsletter.
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Title:Eat Ice Cream For Supper: A Story Of My Life With Cancer. A Guide For Your JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.41 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:Morgan James PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1614488142

ISBN - 13:9781614488149

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Table of Contents

Part One: Our Story
Chapter One: In the Beginning
I Had a Hero
Storms
Another Beginning
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Two: Dealing with the Diagnosis
My Experience
My Reaction
Your Loved One’s Reaction
Asking Questions
Searching the Internet
Your Physician or Cancer Treatment Facility
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Part Two: Negotiating the Medical World
Chapter Three: Recruiting the Medical Team
Pray First for Wisdom and Guidance
Where Do I Start?
Referral to a Specialist
National Cancer Centers
It’s Not Just About the Doctor---Finding the Right Medical Team
Who is on Your Team?
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Four: Tests, Procedures, and Definitions
What Happens Next?
Before: A Routine Physical
Symptoms Signal an Alarm---See your Regular Doctor First
Referred: Seeing the Specialist
Seeing the Oncologist
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Five: Medical Records and Insurance
Records
Dealing with Insurance and Medical Bills
Insurance
What to Do if You Have No Insurance or if You Have Unpaid Balances
Survival Tips
What can a Friend Do to Help?
Points to Ponder
Chapter Six: Our Dance of Treatment
Is it a Waltz or a Jitterbug?
Diagnosed in October: Surgery Number One
Metastasis: Surgery Number Two
Complications: Surgeries Three and Four
A Small Reprieve
In the Roller Coaster at the Top of the Hill
Dexamethasone Side Effects
Mobility Issues
Helping Hands
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Seven: Changing Roles
Emotional Responses to Role Changes
But I’ve Never Done That Before
Organizing Your Finances
Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Wills, and Wishes
Social Security and Disability
Reviewing your Financial Plan
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Eight: Death Comes Softly
Accepting the Inevitable---Negotiating Your Loved One’s Changing Focus
Moving from Active Treatment to Hospice
Help from Hospice
The Payment Changes with Hospice Care
What to Expect in the Last Days of a Terminal Illness
Death
Funeral Arrangements
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Part Three: And Then There Was One
Chapter Nine: Alone
Quiet
Thank You Notes and Dishes
Your Health
Make a Decision to Trust God with Your Future
A New Relationship
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Ten: Normal Grief
Denial or Shock
Anger
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Eleven: Sad and Stuck
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Twelve: Children and Grandchildren
Infant to Age Two
Preschool (Age Two to Four)
Early Childhood (Age Four to Seven)
Eight to Ten
Pre-Adolescent (Age Ten to Twelve)
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Thirteen: Practical Problems
New Tasks, Responsibilities, and Decisions
Finances
Legal Issues
Housing Issues
Relationships
Developing a New Support System
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help
Points to Ponder
Chapter Fourteen: Old Memories and New Traditions
Remembering
What Do I Keep and What Goes Out the Door?
Photographs
Sharing His Things
Feelings
Telling Stories---Children Love to Listen
Writing your Story
Write His
Tell God
Survival Tips
What a Friend Can Do to Help?
Points to Ponder
Conclusion
Moving Forward
Purpose Where None Seems to Exist
Afterword: What the Bible Says
Appendix: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Editorial Reviews

Kathy has written this book as an inspiration to others. She faced cancer twice, first with the diagnosis of her husband with rectal cancer, and then a few years later with her diagnosis of breast cancer. In this book, Kathy shares useful advice and words of comfort with her readers. Her book is a faith-based practical approach to coping with the diagnosis of cancer and loss. It is a realistic, heartfelt description of the cancer journey and the inspiration that can be found in the Bible. --Hilah Sue Perkins, ARNPKathy’s book, Eat Ice Cream for Supper, is one of the essential resources you need in your toolkit when fighting cancer or supporting someone through their journey! --Joy Huber, Author of Cancer with Joy, Stage 4 Young Adult Cancer Survivor, Huffington Post Blogger & Professional Speaker