by John D. Whitacre

Based on a Survivor's Experience

edited 4/18/14

Confronting Life-Threatening Illness is meant for the patient and family. It includes tips on: what to expect emotionally; how to deal with the medical community; how to handle pain; descriptions of legal documents that may be needed and appropriate; tips for family crisis management; tips on selecting help; and methods to enhance the quality of life for both the patient and his or her family.

Also included are a series of flow charts, check lists, and worksheets to help detail finances, key personal contacts, important documents, medical directive choices, and key items for the patient to emphasize, which will enhance quality of life and add joy to the days that lie ahead.

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From the Foreword to the book

In the chapters that follow, John describes the emotions that arise in individuals faced with life-threatening illness and outlines a cogent, detailed strategy for effective living with a potentially terminal illness. More than a "how to cope" book, it provides sound specific advice for dealing with doctors and other caregivers,
family members and friends, and legal advisors. It offers a useful detailed outline of what plans
to make in advance to ensure the emotional and economic well being of family survivors and
tells how to stipulate to caregivers the wishes of the individual in providing terminal care.

Robert F. Todd, III, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine,
Division of Hematology/Oncology; and
Director, Tumor Immunology Program,
University of Michigan Cancer Center

From the Prefaces to the book.

John's workbook offers an excellent method of regaining a feeling of control. It describes how
to reframe the chaos into order and offers a way to find enjoyment and peace with the days that
lie ahead. It offers a way to face the possibility of death with dignity while making the most of
the time with your family and friends.

John G. Pfaendtner, M.A.
Marriage and Family Therapist; and
Clinical Member,
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

John Whitacre's illness and terminal diagnosis was a bitter personal event. Yet he chose to sweeten his fate by creating order out of a potentially chaotic situation; in this book, John shares these experiences with us. In a timely and practical manner, this book provides a step-by-step guide that will help other persons who are facing life threatening illness, and their families, to find a sense of control in a potentially "helpless and hopeless" situation.

Francine Cimino Cole, D.O.
Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry

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