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But in time you find a whole new world of camaraderie and assistance within the stage IV community and life begins to get better. For Carol, it was then time to give back and she became an advocate and began helping others. Carol’s story is told partly in narrative and partly in the poetry she wrote along the way. The poems fill much of the book and allow her to express her deepest feelings.
The book shows that life does indeed move forward after stage IV, but that you have to do your part. After getting her affairs in order, Carol planned trips to places she had never been and renewed old friendships and made new ones. She spent quality time with her family and adopted a homeless dog, who quickly became her faithful companion. Carol continues to enjoy her life despite her disease. Her life is not without trials, but it is good.
As I read the book there was so much I could relate to, then I realized that the journeys of stage IV patients have many commonalities, which makes this book even more pleasurable to read because we can all relate. This is a book for those several years out, for those newly diagnosed, and for non-patients who wonder what the stage IV patient goes through behind the façade of a cheerful face.
Metastatic Madness is available in paperback ($15.99) and ($3.99)
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How I Coped with a Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis
by Carol A. Miele
Diagnosed in October 2010 with metastatic breast cancer, Carol A. Miele has written a book about her journey to date. The book begins with Carol’s initial stage IV diagnosis. Her family in the room, Carol attempts to break the shocked silence by saying “Well, it could be worse.” When the silence continues, she says” “Of course, it could be a lot better.” That only brought a few scattered laughs, but it allowed the discussion to begin.
The book breaks Carol’s journey into five phases … the phases that many stage IV patients experience. From the initial shock and start of treatment; to the questions of how this could happen; to the loneliness when friends depart … everything has an impact.
Review by CJ Corneliussen-James
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