Welcome to the Other Side!

Reclaiming Life After Surviving and Caregiving Through the Abyss of Cancer

by John Snoad & Sherri Snoad

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/7/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781982272500
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781982272494
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781982272487

About the Book

Have you ever looked at the same sculpture or work of art as someone else, but you each see something entirely different? If the cancer and recovery experience were a pair of eyeglasses that had to be shared, the patient-survivor and caregiver would be looking through two totally different lenses. Even though struggling through that abyss together, the experiences are quite different. Written in a dual narrative style, Welcome to the Other Side! will serve as your guide if you find yourself in the midst of a struggle with illness, providing takeaways from both uniquely different perspectives. This book does not shy away from the seldom discussed topics and obstacles you will face in survivorship, which often leave you feeling lost and alone. Topics such as intimacy and sex, socializing with others again, overcoming triggers that create paralyzing fear and anxiety, regaining independence from science and medicine, survivors’ guilt, or simply the the search for normalcy, are explored. Though these issues may not seem a priority during treatment, they will rapidly move to the forefront as you seek to find your new normal. Welcome to the Other Side! is filled with straight talk and humor, emotion and grace and provides a compassionate guide to crossing the stormy sea of recovery. The authors are blunt in sharing common experiences encountered by patient-survivors and caregivers. Whether read individually or with loved ones, you will find both perspectives engaging and enlightening all in this one literary work.

About the Author

Sherri and John Snoad are just like you and many others: ordinary people blindsided by an extraordinary event. An event that inspired these first time authors to be a voice for those on the arduous road of recovery. Sherri is one of the countless people in the world who was blindsided with a cancer diagnosis. A registered nurse and licensed massage therapist, she has the unique perspective of experiencing both sides of illness. As a medical professional, Sherri cared for countless patients experiencing the devastation of illness, never expecting to find herself on the other side as a patient herself. The experience taught her things she never could have known as the professional, transforming her understanding of illness and trauma. Effectively using holistic modalities in her practice, Sherri never realized how vital these practices would be to healing and finding her whole self after illness. John was suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into the role of caregiver. A career high school teacher and football coach, John never imagined the skills he had spent years developing and applying in the classroom and on the field would play such a pivotal role as a caregiver. He created a care plan using his abilities to multitask, organize and adapt, as well as to motivate and coach his team of one: Sherri. As a head coach, forethought and decision-making while maintaining a calm, collective demeanor were all paramount to his teams’ successes in the heat of competition. Now he had to transition those skills for one purpose: they were in a game they couldn't afford to lose. The stakes were too high. Winning was the only option.