Wendy Harpham, MD from Dallas Texas is a physican who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1990 .
Since then she has undergone every conceivable issue related to cancer:
*choosing experimental treatment over conventional
*coping with raising small children
* living with cancer-related fatigue
* experiencing seven recurrences
* having to recognize that her old life as a family practice physician was gone forever.
When she was first diagnosed she was committed to educating her patients and she wrote a pamphalet for them about all the things to do when you learn you have cancer. It eventually became a book called Diagnosis: Cancer that was published the month she found out about her first recurrence.
Other books followed. After Cancer: A Guide to your New Life, which provides cancer survivors with questions and issues to address as they move out of treatment and into the “new normal.”
Her next book When a Parent has Cancer tells what she and her husband learned about how to help children and parents cope with the experience. Tucked in the back cover of the book is a children’s book Becky and the Worry Cup written about the experiences of her oldest daughter Rebecca.
Next came The Hope Tree: Kids Talk about Breast Cancer, a book she co-authored with Laura Numeroff to help families talk with their children.
Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor, addresses survivorship from all illnesses and provides practical philosphy and science-based knowledge to get good medical care and find happiness while you are sick.
Her most recent book is Only 10 Seconds to Care: Help and Hope for Busy Clinicians, is aimed at physicans but also extraordinarily helpful to patients.
Her books are available through any bookstore and her website is www.wendyharpham.com