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 Confronting Life-Threatening Illness
Confronting Life-Threatening 
Illness book cover

Confronting Life-Threatening Illness:
Maintaining Control and Establishing Positive Objectives

by John D. Whitacre

Based on his personal experience, Whitacre has writen a timeless resource. The book has become a valued source of advice, guidance, focus, and hope for countless persons since it was first published.

Meant for the patient, family members, and other individuals who care for the patient, this work includes advice on:

  • what to expect emotionally;
  • how to deal with the medical community;
  • how to handle pain;
  • legal documents that may be needed and appropriate;
  • managing family crisis;
  • selecting help; and
  • methods to enhance the quality of life for both the patient and his or her family.

This book also includes flow charts, check lists, and worksheets to help detail finances as well as key items for the patient to emphasize, which will enhance quality of life and add joy to the days that lie ahead. A copy of the Harvard Medical Directive is also provided.

Among the author's advice is: "Accept the diagnosis, but defy a bad prognosis." The author defied pancreatic cancer, and two years later finished this insightful guide, which is based on his personal experience as well as that of numerous other seriously ill patients he has helped.

"An invaluable resource of information."
-- Robert F. Todd, III, M.D., Ph.D.; Professor and Associate Chairman,
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology; and
Director, Tumor Immunology Program, University of Michigan Cancer Center.

Ordering Information

  • A Consumers Index Service Publication
  • ISBN 0-87650-304-0
  • 8 1/2 x 11, 96p, paper, 1992, $12.95
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