Happiness in a Storm
"An approach to illness that promotes physical healing and joyful living."
Jane Brody reviews Happiness in a Storm in the Personal Health Column of the New York Times (9/6/2005):
Wendy S. Harpham, M.D. offers practical philosophy and science-based knowledge to help you get good care and find happiness when dealing with a medical challenge.
Having coined the term “Healthy Survivor” while dealing with her own chronic lymphoma, Harpham encourages people dealing with cancer, heart disease, diabetes or any prolonged illness to simultaneously do all one can to overcome disease and live life to the fullest.
Happiness in a Storm shows you how to set the stage for the miracle of physical healing by making the best treatment choices for you, nourishing realistic hope and taking effective action.
But when it comes right down to it, what good is surviving if you are never happy? Harpham opens your eyes to the opportunities for happiness in life despite medical problems and even because of illness. You’ll see how becoming a Healthy Survivor increases your chance of a good outcome and frees you to pursue happiness.
Praise for Happiness in a Storm
"If you have been trapped by serious illness, this book will free you to live every day of your life with power, wisdom, passion, and joy. Happiness in a Storm is more than a book, it is a blessing."
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom
"Dr. Wendy Harpham is a pioneer in the art and science of being alive. With huge heart, scalpel-sharp wit, hard-won wisdom, and uncompromising clarity, Happiness in a Storm transcends the usual chicken soup, steering the course toward a stronger, more joyful life."
Joni Rodgers, author of Bald in the Land of Big Hair
"Benefiting from both a physician and a survivor's perspective, this book provides an inspiring message of achieving happiness despite illness and outlines the critical factors of healthy survivorship ranging from making wise treatment choices to creating and maintaining a healing environment through diet, exercise, and a positive attitude during and post-treatment."
Doug Ulman, director of survivorship Lance Armstrong Foundation
"Like no one else has done, Wendy Harpham gets inside the head of someone seriously ill, shines a bright light into all the nooks and crannies where the darkest thoughts hide, and precisely points the way to a "new Normal." Through the combination of scientific evidence-based information and practical philosophy, she proves that at our core we can be happy no matter how bad the storm outside."
Emily Senay, MD, CBS News medical correspondent
"Consoling, personal, humorous, hopeful, Happiness in a Storm is a lifeboat for cancer survivors. Dr. Harpham's book is all about saving the quality of lives for patients and families facing any illness or injury."
Kathleen M. Foley, MD, neurologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and former chief of the Pain and Palliative Care Service
From Publishers Weekly:
In her latest book, she shares here the guidelines she has developed for becoming a healthy survivor: a patient who gets good care and lives as fully as possible. Harpham (After Cancer: A Guide to Your New Life) is no Pollyanna and fully acknowledges the devastating physical and emotional toll diagnosis and treatment take.....Rather than a rigid program, this is a sensible and realistic compendium of techniques that will help survivors cope with serious illness while embracing times of happiness. (Sept.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
From Library Journal:
Doctor, cancer survivor, tireless lecturer, and award-winning author, Harpham has what it takes to teach those who are ill how to find happiness. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information
From Health News Digest:
Millions of people today are surviving once-fatal injuries and illnesses, thanks to modern medical miracles. This survival often comes at the price of significant hardships. Harpham encourages every patient to become a Healthy Survivor, even if cure or recovery is unlikely. Her purpose goes beyond facilitating cures and bringing comfort: She believes that Healthy Survivorship frees patients to pursue happiness. HAPPINESS IN A STORM opens your eyes to opportunities for joy despite illness and, in certain cases, because of illness. For people in hard times, joy and humor are as elemental as blood and breath, and just as crucial to a full life.
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