We had a remarkable guest on the show recently, Hollye Jacobs, the author of The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer.
Jacobs is an RN and also has an MS and MSW degrees. Among other experiences in her medical career, she has been a hospice nurse treating adults and children who were dying from cancer.
She exercised, was a vegetarian and had no history of cancer in her family. Thus, it came as a shock when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The book engagingly tells the story of the emotional and medical journey she took toward recovery — all from the perspective of someone who was used to being “on the other side of the bed.”
Jacobs says her goal was to write a book that was a smart, sensitive and medically informed resource for other people facing breast cancer. Each chapter includes spiritual and emotional insights and easy-to-understand, point-by-point, no-nonsense medical advice regarding questions to ask and what to expect at different stages of surgery and treatment. The book is a compelling mixture of head and heart — two atttributes Jacobs is blessed with and which she generously shares with her readers.