About Help Me Live

When we hear that someone close to us has cancer, we want nothing more than to help. But sometimes we don’t know what to say or do, and don’t feel comfortable asking. With sensitive insights, thoughtful anecdotes, and sometimes, gentle humor, Help Me Live provides a personal yet thoroughly researched account of words and actions that comfort and heal. Based on the author’s own experiences with cancer, and interviews and surveys with scores of other survivors and health care professionals, each chapter tells intimate stories about one of the 20 most important messages people with cancer want to convey, such as “I need to laugh – or just forget about cancer for a while“; “I need you to listen to me and let me cry“; “I need to feel hope, but telling me to think positively can make me feel worse“; and “I am more grateful than I can say for your care, compassion, and support.”

If you are a caregiver, Help Me Live will help you communicate more effectively and respond more compassionately. And if you are a survivor, it will help you feel validated, empowered, and ultimately, hopeful.

The new, expanded edition of  Help Me Live – Revised includes:

  • a new foreword by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD; 
  • sections on gender and cultural differences, and young adult cancer; 
  • a survey of 634 cancer survivors; 
  • new statements about what survivors want friends and loved ones to know; 
  • a “Quick Guide to Cancerquette”; and 
  • a new section on how to keep hope alive through cancer and beyond

To purchase the Revised and Updated Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know, call or visit your local bookstore or see IndyBound. The book is also available at Amazon.com.