Friday Follow Up

March 7, 2008 by  
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Since Wednesday’s post on Cancer in the News, I’ve talked to several authors and publicists regarding books featured here. Next week, thanks to their generosity, I will be giving away books.

Until then, here is a sneak peak.

I will be giving away a copy of New York Times, best selling author, Sherryl Woods’ new release, Seaview Inn.

From Publisher’s Weekly, “New York PR exec Hannah Mathews is in remission from the same disease that claimed her mother’s life months before: breast cancer. She heads south in an attempt to persuade her 85-year-old grandma, Jenny, to sell the Seaview Inn, the Florida Keys resort owned by her family for decades, and move into a retirement home. Spry and headstrong, Grandma Jenny isn’t ready to be put out to pasture, intending to spruce up the inn and reopen for business. Hannah’s daughter Kelsey, turns up pregnant; she plans to drop out of college, live at Seaview and put her baby up for adoption. Surgeon Luke Stevens, Hannah’s high school crush, shows up shortly thereafter, fresh from a stint in war-torn Iraq and carrying his own set of emotional baggage. A seasoned romance novelist of more than 100 titles, Woods is a master heartstring puller, and her endearingly flawed characters must deal with their plethora of problems in a predictable but satisfying manner.”

Additionally, check out Sherryl’s blog, Just Between Friends, where she recently held a contest and donated funds for the Susan G. Komen:For The Cure, in honor of a survivor or in memory of a loved one who lost the fight against breast cancer, and features stories from the contest on the blog.

Since Thursday’s post on Patient Advocacy, several more programs have been brought to my attention.

1. The Porrath Foundation for Cancer Patient Advocacy. The Personal Cancer Management System, (PCMS) is a ten-step program that assists patients in making decisions about their care and is the backbone of the book, When It’s Cancer.

2. The Center for Patient Partnerships in Wisconsin has an international outreach that not only offers advocacy options but trains advocates who come from the professional disciplines of law, health, nursing, medicine and pharmacy.

3. The State of California, Office of the Patient Advocate, provides tools for dealing with health care and report cards for HMOs and medical groups in California.

4. And finally, Trisha Torrey’s, Every Patient’s Advocate, website and blog. Trisha is a radio talk show host, author, lecturer who “provides information and practical suggestions to help you take responsibility for your own medical decisions, and partner with your doctors to attain the best outcomes possible for your medical situation.” Her site and blog offer gems of information on patient empowerment.

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4 Responses to “Friday Follow Up”
  1. Tina says:

    You are too cute. Anybody posting since I mentioned ANY of the books I am giving away is entered in the drawing, which is a drawing for all three books, and I may end up with some extras from the authors to add to the mix.

  2. Missy Tippens says:

    I don’t know if this is the right place to enter, but please enter me in the drawing for the Sherryl Woods book. It sounds really good!

  3. Tina says:


    What I find interesting about the progression of publishing is that it used to be taboo to write an ‘issue’ book.

    BTW, thanks for stopping by.

  4. Ruth Blodgett says:

    Tina, I love that so many fiction works deal with the reality of cancer, remissions, loss and survival. It’s such a pertinent topic to so many of us who’ve dealt with cancer either personally or professionally.

    On top of that, this sounds like an all around good read.

    I think it’s a huge plus that people talk about cancer in a more casual setting now than they did in times past. As a young adult, the very word seemed like a death sentence but so much good research has come along with differential treatments that many of us live through our initial bouts with the big “C” and go on to die of something else all together in later years. Frank, open discussions are so much better than whispered secrets and averted eyes. Thank God for the gift of science that forges us forward.


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