Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review of Woody Weingarten's caregiving book

‘Rollercoaster’ wins ardent support, labeled 'a must-read' by key psychiatrist/oncologist 

After reading pre-publication pdf’s of "Rollercoaster: How a man can survive his partner’s breast cancer," Kenneth G. Lerner became a passionate, vocal advocate of the book that I, Woody Weingarten, wrote.
Dr. Kenneth G. Lerner
The key psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, asserts that:

“The author not only immerses the reader in the devastating impact of this all too common affliction and its treatment on his wife, but also in the emotional rollercoaster of his experience and of the other male partners of cancer patients in his men’s group, a not often presented narrative.”

Ken, who’s also an oncologist (he worked as a staff physician at the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Vancouver, B.C., Canada), goes on to say:

“His superb writing skills lead us along the path of initial discovery, diagnosis, therapeutic and reconstructive surgery, chemotherapy and irradiation to emotional and physical rehabilitation.”

And the doctor ends his endorsement with:

“This book is a must-read for anyone affected directly or indirectly by breast cancer…[It] supplies a thoughtful, well-documented and informative discussion of the various treatment options and the supports available to patients, partners and loved ones. As a physician involved for 40 years in both the medical and emotional aspects of cancer treatment, I give ‘Rollercoaster’ my most enthusiastic recommendation.”

Thanks, Ken.

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