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Facing a serious illness is not just about helping a loved one through a difficult and uncertain time, and surviving a life-threatening illness is not about making through any way you can. It's about making it through the best way you can. Subsequently, the importance of spiritual care for the patient and the importance of spiritual care for the caregivers are essential.
The book is written by Pamela Tucker Burton, an ordinary person who experienced the death of four family members, she shares her experiences and how a family stay positive, when they faced a deadly disease. In Pamela’s family were no cancer survivors, there were no encouraging sentiments to alleviate their pain. For a family with strong Christian beliefs the only healing and strength for their family was to pray, don’t be afraid and be spiritually prepared for the final journey.
To understand more about this disease I did a research on it, and according to the National Cancer Institute: “Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system”. Also, there are more than 100 different types of cancer. Cancer is not a single disease, but a group of related diseases.
Many things in our genes, lifestyle, and the environment may increase our risk of getting cancer. To reduce our chances to develop cancer, we may change our diet and lifestyle, also, if the cancerous cells are found earlier, and medicines to treat precancerous cells may keep cancer from starting. Some types of cancer can be found before they cause symptoms. By having screenings, doctors can find and treat cancer early. Screening examinations are applied to...

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... support for people with cancer. The story of the patient and his family is inspiring, encouraging, informative, also comforting, all at once. This book has given me new understandings as a student nurse about how I should look at our patients, their families, and their caregivers. As a family member that played the role of caregivers they took their concerns and fears to God, they had the strength and courage to face their painful journey. I learned how to deal with the most complex of challenges which includes fear, denial, and how to find the way to spiritually prepare the patient and the caregivers. The most important part that cough my attention was the genuine compassion from the nurses changed and helped the family to reach that internal peace by giving the greatest care to the terminally ill and encourage the family to find the spiritual peace and comfort.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that surviving a life-threatening illness is not about making through any way you can. spiritual care for the patient and caregivers are essential.
  • Analyzes how pamela tucker burton, an ordinary person who experienced the death of four family members, shares her experiences and how a family stay positive.
  • Explains that cancer is a group of related diseases that can spread to other parts of the body.
  • Explains that many things in our genes, lifestyle, and the environment may increase our risk of getting cancer. by having screenings, doctors can find and treat cancer early.
  • Explains that they took the book "still standing" because they identified their family history with s had with cancer.
  • Describes their experience as a cancer caregiver, starting when their mom called them in 2012 letting them know that their aunt had terminal stomach cancer and spread all over her body and main organs.
  • Narrates how their aunt found out about the illness to late, after several tests, screenings, and few specialists, she had cancer and had only a few weeks to live.
  • Narrates how they spent many days consoling their mother and telling her everything was going to be fine, but couldn't console themselves. they felt at peace with themselves because they were there for her final days.
  • Narrates how they felt lost and helpless when they called their aunt on sunday morning to talk to her, but she died a few hours later.
  • Narrates how their uncle was diagnosed with cancer and died months later. he was cancer free for 2 years, until the doctors found cancer cells in his lungs.
  • Narrates how they chose the book because they thought it would be another story of someone who couldn't bear with the pain of a loved one, but realized that the one that have the sorrow, and couldn’t let go the sadness of loss is me.
  • Analyzes how pamela of the book explains that we all feel fear at some point of our lives, like on those when a love one is on the last stage of cancer.
  • Narrates how pamela was afraid of the appropriated words she was going to say to chris and her sister amelia, but when she arrived to the hospital, she realized the gravity of his condition and realized that he was terminally ill.
  • Explains that when a loved one is facing cancer, there are no plans you can make, they can change. the family was not prepared to accept the possibility of losing another family member.
  • Narrates how pamela and her sisters waited for chris's bed, but his condition didn't improve. they prayed, read, and hoped for his wellbeing but the nurses were essential to his health.
  • Opines that family support is essential to survive a tragic situation when there is union encouragement and strength. pamela states the importance of nurses on caring the body of the medically ill, but also the spirit to the family.
  • Explains how the nurse's intervention is not only to help the patient, but the whole family. family members are typically in a state of fear and shock and need to be supported by nurses.
  • Concludes that caregiving is an essential support for people with cancer. the story of the patient and his family is inspiring, encouraging, informative, and comforting all at once.
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