How to Help a Cancer Patient

August 8, 2011

I recently got connected with a fabulous woman named Susan Reif. She’s a breast cancer survivor just like me. And she recently self-published an awewsome book, 39 Ways to Make a Cancer Patient Smile. After reading it, I realized that I could have easily written a similar book. Susan was so inspired by all of the wonderful people in her life that stepped up to make her journey through cancer more bearable. I, too, was inspired by all the wonderful things people did for me. Susan’s book gave me pause to name some of the most memorable contibutions to the success of my own treatment. And this is by no means a complete recollection:

  • First and foremost, my wonderful husband for always offering to be of assistance in any way. He is a saint.
  • My wonderful co-workers for delivering food to my family after surgical events.
  • My girls, my wonderful friends that celebrated every stage of my journey with gifts and celebration. You always made me feel special and I am forever grateful. You mean more to me than you will ever know.
  • My Mom, for coming to my aid after my mastectomy. There’s nothing like Mom when you’re getting better. 
  • My distant friends and family members for your cards, gifts, visits and phone calls. They were greatly appreciated.
  • My brother, John, who created this blog and championed me to tell my story on it. Thank you for believing in me.

Susan also introduced me to the world of self-publishing, which seems much less daunting than I had imagined. I still hope to publish in print my amazing journey with marriage, cancer, childbirth and spina bifida at some point. Hopefully my busy schedule will allow some time to devote to this project in the very near future. In the meantime, I will still enjoy being and writing Chemomama. After all, it’s who I am now.



  1. You can do it Nancy! Self publishing has become much easier!
    We love you.

  2. You are an inspiring woman and I look forward to reading your book when its done! xoxo!!

    • Thanks, Corinne! Hopefully with all of the modern technology available, I will be able to find the time to do it and still keep up with my full-time job. 🙂

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