By David M. Gregory, Cynthia K. Russell

In melanoma tales 5 humans percentage their trips, their tales, and the ache they confronted sooner than their deaths. those narratives chronicle the melancholy, desire, and love they skilled whereas dwelling and demise with melanoma, giving the ability of the human spirit complete voice. classes discovered are provided as "gifts" on the end of every of the 5 narratives. This publication is for individuals residing with the affliction and their caregivers. Nurses and physicians, scholars in any health-related self-discipline, in addition to individuals engaged in qualitative study also will locate this a useful source. the significance of incorporating qualitative, research-based ways in taking care of the loss of life emerges from the narratives. melanoma tales issues towards a extra holistic research/treatment time table, one who bridges the scientific and social sciences.

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The surgeon does not speak directly" to her. He speaks to her husband. Telling, when there is an error in prediction, has its chain of command. Michael cries when he tells his wife the bad news. Julia does not cry. She knew the diagnosis before she consulted the surgeon. Julia seeks a second opinion, a second surgeon, and perhaps a second chance. The surgeons are in agreement about the diagnosis and the treatment. A mastectomy is required. I got a second opinion from another surgeon. She said that with surgery and adequate treatment that I would have between an 80 percent to 90 percent chance of a five year survival time.

I ended up spending a week in the hospital, in bed. Hair loss, nausea, diarrhea, bone marrow depression, and blood clots. Body losses; the purge of chemotherapy. As a nurse, Julia knows something is terribly wrong. This is the second time in her cancer experience when her knowledge of the intricate workings and feelings of her body are not acknowledged. Her concerns seem to be an annoyance to the oncologist. There are risks in having an opinion and questioning medical authorities. Once tests reveal the scientific truth and legitimize her personal knowledge, Julia is admitted to the hospital.

Relationships with special people in her life became a priority. Julia let go of some relationships; the ones that were not nurturing or authentic. * Take stock of what is important to you. Reinforce, nurture, and protect those things in your life that are meaningful, validating, and sustaining. * When you can, let go of those things that cause you stress, discomfort, or drain your energy. If you can't let go, figure out how things can be less taxing to you. * Think of yourself. Be kind to yourself.

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