Laura Landro, Wall Street Journal’s “Informed Patient” columnist, has selected STAND BY HER as one of 2009’s best health books, and a recommended read for the New Year. See Wall Street Journal article
Here’s an excerpt:
Consumers flock online for 24/7 health information, from the latest research on rare diseases to mothers’ groups tweeting advice on colicky babies. But when it comes to reliable, easy-to-understand information on a wide range of medical, health and fitness issues, a number of new books belong in any informed patient’s library—and as a bonus, some use Web sites to post the latest updates and build communities.
“Stand by Her” by John W. Anderson
With a mother, sister and wife diagnosed with breast cancer, Mr. Anderson found little in all the books and Web sites about the disease to help men cope; he uses his own experience to help men become supportive care givers while dealing with their own fears and emotions about a loved one with breast cancer. He walks men through all the physical and emotional challenges women will face during treatment, and the logistics of hospitals, surgery and chemotherapy. There is also frank discussion of the strains on marriage and intimacy, and how to rebuild what may be lost in the battle and prepare for the future. Standbyher.org offers a forum where men can ask questions and share experiences and coping tips.