Books for Families

Books to Help Your Family Deal with Cancer

Cancer in Our Family, Second Edition

Written by Sue P. Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN and Joan F. Hermann, MSW   

This indispensable guide will help children cope with a parent's illness. It is filled with valuable information to help families through each step of the cancer journey: talking to children; helping children cope when a parent falls ill; answering difficult questions about cancer; explaining cancer treatment and its potential side effects; managing role changes and disruptions in routines; recognizing signs that a child needs help; finding ways to improve quality of life; and doing exercises to help communication and coping. Special "hands-on-tools" help those affected by cancer, as well as their loved ones, face many of the dilemmas that come with the disease. A special illustrated workbook designed just for kids helps even the youngest children record their thoughts and feelings so they can learn how to navigate through this emotional time.   

List price: $19.95

Association Trends All-Media Contest, Bronze Medal:Book/Manual/Catalog

USA Best Book Award, Finalist, Health--Cancer

American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Family Caregiving, Second Edition

The Essential Guide to Cancer Caregiving at Home

Edited by Julia A. Bucher, Peter S. Houts, and Terri Ades

Everything you need to know about caregiving at home! Life changes in an instant when a person receives a cancer diagnosis. But life also changes for the caregiver. Whether a spouse, partner, adult child, friend, or other family member, the caregiver plays a crucial role. This practical, easy-to-use guide is an invaluable resource for anyone dealing with the challenges of cancer treatment and caregiving. The book includes information on a wide range of issues a family caregiver might encounter. 

List Price: $24.95

Living Now Book Award,  Gold Medal: Caregiving

National Indie Excellence Award, Winner: Cancer

Apex Awards Grand Award, Winner: Books, Manuals, and Reports

Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist: Health / Wellness

IPPY- Independent Publishers Group Award, Bronze Medal

USA Best Books Award, Winner, Health: Cancer

USA Best Books Award, Winner, Health: Medical Reference

And Still They Bloom

A Family's Journey of Loss and Healing

Written by Amy Rovere and Illustrated by Joel Spector

Losing a loved one is hard.The grief can be overwhelming for every family member—especially for children, who may have a hard time understanding and expressing their feelings. And Still They Bloom follows Emily and Ben as they both struggle to come to terms with their loss and make sense of their changed world. The children embark on a journey of healing and acceptance as they come to realize they can keep their mother’s memory alive—that her love will stay with them always. Using nature as a backdrop for the cycles of life, this moving story emphasizes hopeand healing and will connect with all readers who have lost a loved one. For ages 8 to 12.

List price: $14.95

National Health Information Award, Silver Medal

Next Generation Indie Book Award, Winner, Children's Picture Book

Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Bronze Medal: Mind-Body-Spirit/Self-Esteem

Mom's Choice Award, Gold Medal: Juvenile Level 2 Books (9-12) Mind/Body/Spirit

USA Best Book Award, Winner: Parenting/Family: General

Association Trends All Media Contest, Finalist

Picture Your Life After Cancer

Edited by Karen Barrow. Foreword by Tara Parker-Pope

What is life like after cancer? The New York Times asked readers who had survived cancer to send in a photo and answer the question, “How is your life different after cancer?” In this powerful book created by The New York Times and published by the American Cancer Society, more than 200 people share their images and their answers to that question.  What they share is their “new normal”—the reality of life after facing cancer. By turns inspiring, celebratory, surprising, and joyful, this book explores the honest truth of life after cancer—in the voices of those who are living it.

List price: $19.95

National Health Information Award, Gold

Living Now Books Award, Gold Medal: Cooking/Ethnic/Holiday

Benjamin Franklin Award, GOLD, Inspirational

Association Media and Publishing EXCEL Award, Bronze, nontechnical book

USA Best Book Award, Finalist Health--Cancer


Rad Art

A Journey Through Radiation Treatment

Written and Illustrated by Sally Loughridge; Foreword by Eve Ensler

A diagnosis of cancer brings with it not only serious medical realities, but often an unfamiliar and daunting emotional landscape. To help steady herself during radiation therapy, Sally Loughridge created a painting and a journal entry each day after treatment, an amazing resource to encourage expression, sharing, and connection between cancer patients and their loved ones.

List price: $16.95

Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist, Women's Issues

Association Trends All Media Contest, GOLD

USA Best Book Award, Winner, Women's Issues

USA Best Book Award, Finalist, Health--Cancer

Cancer Caregiving A-to-Z

An At-Home Guide for Patients and Families

From the Experts at the American Cancer Society

The perfect quick reference for caregiving at home! A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event for the entire family, often thrusting key family members into caregiving roles that may be overwhelming. Designed to alleviate the stress of the caregiver in this demanding role, this easy-to-read, award-winning book details the many situations that can arise, while providing solid advice on how to deal with symptoms and warning signs.

List price: $14.95

National Health Information Award, Silver Medal

Benjamin Franklin Award, Winner

National Health Information Award, Silver Medal: Health Promotion/Disease Prevention

National Indie Excellence Award, Winner: Self-Help--General

Couples Confronting Cancer

Keeping Your Relationship Strong

Written by Joy L. Fincannon, RN, MS, and Katherine V. Bruss, PsyD

Maintain a strong and healthy relationship during and beyond cancer! Maintaining a healthy, long-term marriage or relationship in today's society is challenging enough. When cancer enters the picture, it can become a source of further stress. It can cause people to reevaluate their lives and relationships. In this book, you'll find information about how others experience cancer, the problems it often causes, and how to resolve—and even prevent—those problems.

List price: $18.95

The Survivorship Net

A Parable for the Family, Friends, and Caregivers of People with Cancer

Written by Jim Owens, and Illustrated by Bill Cass. Foreword by Lance Armstrong

“Thank you, Jim. Thank you on behalf of all the dads, kids, and cancer patients in the world.” [Lance Armstrong] Something was terribly wrong when the circus rolled into Sweetwater. The tent was full of holes and leaked. The organ was out of tune. Even more worrisome, the safety net was worn out. How did this happen and what could be done? In this beautifully illustrated, award-winning book, Jim Owens uses the parable of circus life to underscore the importance of family, friends, and caregivers in the life of every cancer patient. At once a children's book and a book for "children of all ages," it delivers a powerful and inspiring message to one and all. Come into the Big Top and add your thread to the net!

List price: $14.95

National Health Information Award, Merit Winner: Health Promotion/Disease Prevention

Association Media and Publishing EXCEL Award, Winner: Non-technical book

National Indie Excellence Award Finalist: Cancer

Mom's Choice Award, Gold Medal: Children's Picture Book

I Can Survive

For the Survivor in Each of Us!

Written and Illustrated by Jennifer M. Allen

A gift of love, a gift of hope.  Whatever your age, whatever the crisis—whether you are sick or helping someone else cope with illness, or just to provide encouragement to a friend or loved one dealing with a difficult situation—you will find inspiration and courage in these brightly illustrated, lovingly written pages. The poetry, optimism, and humor in this award-winning book will encourage cancer patients young and old and their families to find and cherish the small moments and be inspired to express love and support.

List price: $14.95

National Health Information Award, Bronze Medal

Mom's Choice Award, Finalist

USA Best Books Award, Finalist

When the Focus Is on Care

Palliative Care and Cancer

Edited by Kathleen M. Foley, MD; Anthony Back, MD; Eduardo Bruera, MD; Nessa Coyle, PhD, FAAN; Matthew J. Loscalzo, MSW; John L. Shuster, Jr., MD; Bonnie Teschendorf, PhD; and Jamie H. Von Roenn, MD. Foreword by John R. Seffrin, PhD

The information you and your caregiver need! This book explains what palliative care is and how it can help people with cancer. Written in a sensitive and conversational fashion, this book discusses coping strategies, improving quality of life by accessing supportive care resources, performing a life review and leaving a legacy, and talking to loved ones about cancer and dying. It also addresses the questions patients have about symptoms and side effects, progressive illness, making informed care and treatment decisions, and managing work, insurance, and financial and legal matters. People with cancer and their loved ones and caregivers will find this book an essential resource from diagnosis through the end of life.

List price: $19.95

Crossing Divides

A Couple's Story of Cancer, Hope, and Hiking Montana's Continental Divide

Written by Scott Bischke. Foreword by Katie Gibson

Human spirit prevails over adversity! Come along on this captivating, humorous, terrifying, and tender recounting of a couple's journey through demanding wild country and a recurring cancer experience. Their twin stories offer rare insight into the revelations, observations, emotions, and challenges faced when a spouse has cancer, and provide inspiration and hope to others fighting cancer or some other life-threatening disease.  Seven maps and 16 pages of color photographs of gorgeous surroundings bring this personal journey to life.  This honest portrayal of a devoted husband and wife team will encourage readers to live fully and refuse to compromise their dreams.

List price: $24.95

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