March 14, 2011
One of the definitions of "bibliotherapy" according to Merriam Webster’s Medical Dictionary (2007 edition) is "guidance in the solution of personal problems through directed reading." Books can be incredibly helpful when facing life’s trials and tribulations. They can inform, comfort, and guide.
Someone dear to me was diagnosed with cancer last year. I know that when I feel helpless, I attempt to empower myself with knowledge. As soon as I learned of her diagnosis, I rushed to find books that would help me to care for her and to offer comfort.
If you find yourself in this situation, here are a few titles that may be of interest:
• 100 Questions & Answers About Cancer Symptoms and Cancer Treatment Side Effects by Joanne Frankel Kelvin
• Chemobrain: How Cancer Therapies Can Affect Your Mind: What Patients, Families, and Doctors Need to Know by Ellen Clegg
• How Can I Help? Everyday Ways to Help Your Loved Ones Live With Cancer by Monique Doyle Spencer
While I hope you do not have to face these challenges, know that your library has helpful resources available if you do. The better informed you are, the more you’ll be prepared to assist and care for your family and friends when they need you most.