The Light Within: The Extraordinary Friendship of a Doctor and Patient Brought Together by Cancer

The Light Within The Extraordinary Friendship of a Doctor and Patient Brought Together by Cancer The luminous true story of a friendship that shed the boundaries of the doctor patient relationship and became less a confrontation with death than a celebration of the joys of lifeWhen young gynecolo

  • Title: The Light Within: The Extraordinary Friendship of a Doctor and Patient Brought Together by Cancer
  • Author: Lois M. Ramondetta Deborah Sills
  • ISBN: 9780061359415
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The luminous true story of a friendship that shed the boundaries of the doctor patient relationship and became less a confrontation with death than a celebration of the joys of lifeWhen young gynecologic oncology fellow Lois Ramondetta was first summoned to the room of a new patient, neither she nor the forty nine year old professor of religion she encountered named DeboraThe luminous true story of a friendship that shed the boundaries of the doctor patient relationship and became less a confrontation with death than a celebration of the joys of lifeWhen young gynecologic oncology fellow Lois Ramondetta was first summoned to the room of a new patient, neither she nor the forty nine year old professor of religion she encountered named Deborah Sills thought they had much in common They certainly had no idea that they were about to embark on a transcendent odyssey that would become a soul deep friendship Now their heartfelt story, The Light Within, follows these two women through a decade of friendship and big lives husbands, children, friends, and careers ultimately crossing the country and traveling to foreign lands, where they spoke and wrote together about the intersection of doctors, patients, and spirituality Both women searched together and openly for answers with honesty and intimacy until Deborah passed away in the spring of 2006.

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    1. I just read The Light Within, a true story written by a woman dying of ovarian cancer and her gynecological oncologist. It is an interesting book and there are a few things I want to remember: * Perspective is everything. One cancer patient told another patient to "Enjoy the chemo." Chemotherapy looks extremely appealing to someone who can no longer be treated. We can view our own situations with new eyes and handle life better than we previously believed. My little frustrations (dirty floors, k [...]

    2. This book first caught my eye because it was written by a patient and an oncologist who became friends. The two women document their emerging friendship, and as someone in the field, I found this blurring of boundries very interesting. This is truly a book about the human side of medicine, and illustrates what makes us go into oncology.

    3. Anita was kind enough to send me this book. It was painfully close to so many of the emotions I am experiencing. Interestingly, it had more detailed and relevant information about Bone Marrow Transplants (BMT) than any other source. A must read for anyone who wants to understand about dealing with cancer.

    4. Lois Ramondetta is a gynecological oncologist when she meets Deb, a professor of religion who has a particularly virulent form of cancer. The two women become friends. The memoir shares the power of friendship and speaks to the light within that is the magnificent part of being human.

    5. Both of the individuals who wrote this book come vividly to life. They explore the boundaries between doctor and patient in a way that most could not. I feel that my life and thinking have been enriched from meeting these two women through the book.

    6. Written by a cousin of mine who is an oncology doc. I liked this book and was impressed with the depth of the relationship she and her patient had during the course of her patients cancer treatment. Not to mention her own life journey

    7. I really enjoyed this book. It's a beautiful story and gives a human perspective on the doctors caring for cancer patients.

    8. author was interviewed on MPR this morning on the way to work. Sounded interesting. I have two very upbeat folks going thru difficult times - Maybe a recommendation to them?

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