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Can we go beyond "genetic fate"? A story of faith and willpower.
Are we fated to follow in our parents' footsteps? When do we break the chain? How do we stop personal history from repeating?
Julie Stern Joseph tries to answer these questions and others as she confronts the cancer that killed her mother in much the same way it threatens to kill her.
In Am I My Mother's Daughter? we follow Julie, her husband and children on their journey into fear, diagnosis and missed diagnosis and through successful and failed surgeries. We also witness Julie's reaction to the "miracle" medicines that can destroy the patient even as they cure her disease. The reader experiences how alternative medicines and their practitioners touch Julie's soul while helping her in her fight to reclaim her body. We also learn how the author's local Jewish community pulled together and assisted her through her illness.
Uniquely, Julie's husband also shares his viewpoint about what it means to be the spouse of a cancer patient.
Far from being a depressing read, the book is the uplifting story about a successful struggle against a deadly disease, optimistic thinking, positive feeling, faith, and a life-long therapy that heals both the body and the soul.
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"What I have learned as a parent from my experience is that family secrets lead to distrust."
Julie grew up surrounded by the secret of her mother's illness. However, her children have learned not only to live with her illness, but to have a positive attitude about it as well.
You won't come away feeling sad and depressed after you read these pages, because this book is not just about the successful struggle against a deadly disease; it is about positive thinking, positive feeling, and a life-long therapy that heals both the body and the soul.
Julie is never alone in this story. Her family and the friends in her community are always there.
When she turns thirty-one, she proudly announces: "This is a turning point because my mother was thirty-one when she received her terminal diagnosis, while I am blessed to be thirty-one and cancer-free. My mother and I may have shared similar fates for a time, but clearly our destinies were never to be the same."About the Author:
Julie Joseph received her Master's in Jewish history from NYU and has taught Jewish History and other Judaic Studies to High Students for six years in Long Island, New York. She is presently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Educational Administration from the Azrieli Graduate School of Education and Administration of Yeshiva University.
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Book Description Devora Pub, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111932687300