Our Journey with Prostate Cancer

Empowering Strategies for Patients and Families

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
306 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2015
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Author Biography

With listings in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in American Women, Judith has maintained a thirty-six year holistic psychotherapy practice.

As an educator, she has taught nationally and in Canada, and her first book, Creating A Healthy Life and Marriage, is the winner of 16 book awards in the United States and Canada. A Polish translation was released in 2013. Her second book, Our Journey with Prostate Cancer: Empowering Strategies for Patients and Families, was released in September 2014. It has currently won 9 national book awards.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, and a Master Social Work Addictions Counselor.
She has specialty training in Jin Shin Do Acupressure, Jungian and Gestalt therapy, and has worked in various clinical settings: oncology social work, in-patient psychiatry, homeless shelter, out-patient substance abuse.

To further her knowledge about the body-mind-emotions-spirit connection, she studied Hatha yoga and has maintained a yoga practice for the last twenty years.

She received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Wyoming and her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University.

Judith Anne Desjardins is available for consultations, workshops, and speaking engagements. For information regarding her availability, please visit:

http://www.judithannedesjardins.com or spirithousepub@verizon.net

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Our Journey with Prostate Cancer: Empowering Strategies for Patients and Families by Judith Anne Desjardins LCSW BCD MSWAC is a useful book that serves as a guided meditation to all those battling prostate cancer. The book provides spiritual and medical insights and also the entire process of recovery to spiritual development in patients. The author's experience of handling her husband's prostate cancer and their emotional and psychological journey together while going through the treatment is very inspirational. Her insights into the dynamics of cancer, treatment and healing are comforting to readers who are around those going through this or the patients themselves.

The journal entries of the author have a lot of informative facts and also guide readers. The book is definitely helpful to all those who are going through this difficult phase in their lives. The meditations and tips for checking on one's spiritual and physical health are also very useful. The recommendations for cancer patients and their families who are experiencing anxiety and panic attacks are encouraging and supportive. Dealing with cancer can be stressful and tiring, and the book encourages those who are going through this traumatic phase to tap into the power of prayer. I liked the holistic approach to handling the disease which reiterates the power of hope, love and healing. The insights into physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being are not only powerful but also comforting.

Judith Anne Desjardins

Midwest Book Review (D. Donovan, e-Book Reviewer)

“Judith Anne Desjardins has created a unique chronicle in the annals of cancer experience and research by incorporating a range of multi-faceted approaches to handling cancer and its challenges, juxtaposing perspectives from journal entries, and creating an atmosphere of positive honesty: one which provides concrete images, approaches, and insights…

Any reader interested in choosing empowerment over illness will find Our Journey with Prostate Cancer an inviting, easy and thought-provoking read, filled with a variety of reflections, strategies and options!”

Reader Views (Christine Watson)

“ Ms. Desjardins shares her thoughts, feelings and words with us through her journal writings and storytelling, capturing the attention of the reader from page one.. .. She provides a wealth of suggestions and tips for others on the same journey, including pre-operation ideas, lists of depression symptoms, self-care suggestions, and even how to be a warrior…

I am changed from reading this book and I know everyone who reads this book will find comfort and healing. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to be informed of the journey of cancer.”

Allbooks Review (Peter Klein)

“ The journey that takes place in this book is well worth the read even if you, your loved one, a family member or a friend don’t even have cancer of any kind….

All the suggestions mentioned in the book and the experiences movingly documented in journal entries apply to all of life’s difficulties…The suggestions are practical guides to living life to the fullest by carefully administering to the needs of body, minds, hearts and souls.

I highly recommend this book to everyone but especially those who are fighting the good fight in whatever battles life may throw your way.”

Przemyslaw Twardowski, M.D., Medical Oncologist, City of Hope

“What is unique about this book are the very specific recommendations on coping with cancer diagnosis, directed to patients, spouses, and healthcare providers. They involve diet, attitude, exercise, hints on how to deal with the ‘healthcare system.’

The book is very honest, talks about the ups and downs, setbacks, fears, frustrations, but ultimately, coping, faith and hope.

I recommend this book to cancer patients, their spouses and significant others, doctors and nurses involved in the care of cancer patients, social workers, and other healthcare providers.”

Jill Wilson, RN, MSc in Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapy, Hospice and NHS counselor and therapist, Lancashire, England

“This is a truly a personal account, written from the heart. It is both practical and educational, blended in an emotionally compelling journal format with well researched and informed recommendations for the mind, emotions, body and spirit of patients and their families.

The mixture of information, prayer, food, love, exercise, the thoughts/emotions/behaviors experienced, relaxation practices, all intertwined is what makes it for me. It gives hope!”

Shani Fox, ND, Healing and Hope for Cancer Survivors, a holistic medical practice.

“The message that patients are important members of their medical teams, and the discussions of dynamics between patients and immediate family members are very important and helpful, and has potential to alleviate a lot of suffering.”

Pacific Book Review (Tiffany Ezuma
“Our Journey with Prostate Cancer is truly a must-have for anyone who receives this diagnosis and for their caregivers… You will find many wonderful tips to guide you through each and every day of your journey…

In this heart-felt book, Judith Anne Desjardins opens a door and allows the readers to enter a world full of hope.”