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Inspirational. Empowering. Enlightening.
Anal cancer strikes approximately 1 in 500 people, and the incidence is on the rise. More women than men are affected. There is little information on this rare, frightening, embarrassing, and often-stigmatized cancer. Although treatment can be quite traumatizing for some, the outcomes are usually positive. Being prepared can help you deal with this life-changing diagnosis.
Cancer Up the Wazoo includes chapters and excerpts written by those whose lives have been affected by anal cancer. Topics include:
- Anal cancer basics
- Help for the newly diagnosed
- Pelvic radiation disease (PRD)
- Mental health and coping
- Cancer “blessings”
- Sexual issues (that arise)
- Shame and stigma
- Family and friends’ experiences
- Advocating for change
- Helpful supplies list
- Support and resource reference
… and much more!
This book is filled with tips and personal stories to help prepare and support you (and your loved ones). You will laugh, cry, and be amazed as you read stories of courage and resilience from people who “get it.” There are many resources and supports available to help you cope. You are not alone: Cancer Up the Wazoo will help you feel more confident, prepared, and hopeful as you face this daunting cancer diagnosis.
Angela G. Gentile, B.S.W., M.S.W., is a registered social worker and is employed as a Geriatric Mental Health Clinician in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is married to Agapito and has two adult children, Lorenzo and Simone. Angela enjoys writing, reading, and traveling and considers herself a realistic optimist. For more info: www.AngelaGGentile.com