When cancer happens, doctors rush to start treatment. But we’re often left to deal with the emotional effects of the diagnosis on our own.

That’s The Big Ordeal.

Nothing can truly prepare you for the emotional rollercoaster of a cancer diagnosis. But, The Big Ordeal: Understanding and Managing the Psychological Turmoil of Cancerwill help you anticipate and respond to the psychological turmoil ahead. 

Written by a cancer survivor with the help of a psychotherapist and two oncologists, The Big Ordeal presents the typical emotional experience, illustrated by patient and caregiver stories. The book explains the science behind those emotions, helping you understand why you feel the way you do, and offers advice on how to cope. Based on interviews with over 100 patients, caregivers, oncologists, neuroscientists, and other experts, and endorsed by doctors at leading institutions, The Big Ordeal is the go-to book for those who seek to better manage the cancer experience.

The Big Ordeal Will Help You:

  • Learn about the typical sequence of emotions you can expect, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
  • Discover how other patients have experienced cancer and the emotions they share.
  • Understand the science behind the emotions, and how cancer and its treatment contribute to how you feel.
  • Gain insight into coping styles, exercise benefits, complementary medicine and other ways to help you build resilience.
  • Gather advice from those who have been there.

For most of us, cancer is an unexpected ordeal that takes over life. If we’re lucky, it consumes us for a short time before fading into the background. If we’re unlucky, it remains in focus, or worse, becomes the centerpiece of our remaining days. But none of us gets through it without some lasting impact.

The emotional toll may be subtle or dramatic. It may influence our personal or professional lives, be on display for all to see, or buried deep within our souls. But there’s no denying it. Everything is different when we hear we have cancer.

The Big Ordeal will help you understand why you feel the way you do, making coping with cancer a little easier. The book will be available on February 23rd. And on this site you will find Coping Insights—information on neuroscience, psychology and oncology to help demystify the experience. And, you will find suggestions from professionals and fellow patients who have been there.

The Big Ordeal is also about patients and survivors and caregivers, sharing stories to help reduce the sense of isolation, inspire hope, combat fear and encourage healing. You can read Patient Stories  and Caregiver Stories to see what others have shared. And you can share your own story. Read on. Share. There’s a good chance someone you know is coping with cancer.

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