Recommended books

I have read all of these, and I found them helpful to deal with the emotional component of having cervical cancer. If you have an additional recommendation, please let me know.

When bad things happen to good people, by Harold S. Kushner. This is a classic and has been in print for 20 years, for good reason. Kushner is a rabbi whose own son died at 3 years old of progeria. The book transcends religion, so even if you're not Jewish, you can get a lot out of this. I loved it, and I reread it every few years. When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Man's search for meaning, by Victor Frankl. Another classic. Wiesel, a psychiatrist, survived the Holocaust concentration camps, and he wrote about the life there. The first part is a story of the camps, and the second part is an analysis of how people survive awful things and find meaning in life. It is a great story of how survival is a choice. Man's Search For Meaning

Diagnosis: Cancer. Your guide to the first months of healthy survivorship, by Wendy Schlessel Harpham. The chapter on emotional adjustment was particularly helpful for me. There are also practical chapters on finances and navigating the medical system. Diagnosis: Cancer: Your Guide to the First Months of Healthy Survivorship, Expanded and Revised Edition

Do you love someone who is infertile? by Shari DeGraff Stewart and Julia Fichtner Krahm. While I hope that you are able to have a baby, until you do, the feelings you have are very similar to those of women who are going through infertility treatment. This is for the husbands, families and friends so that they can understand and provide the best help. You would think that people would know not to say, "You can always adopt," but, shockingly, that is often said! You can order the book from Stewart Institute.