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The 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award
Grand Prize Short List

The 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award
First Runner-Up
Self-Help

 
WINNER: Allbooks Review Editor's Choice Award 2011 Category: Health
2011 National Indie Excellence Awards
1st Place Winner, Category: Relationships
Award-Winning Finalist, Category: Self-Help: General

1st Place Winner

2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Category: Relationships

1st Place Winner
2011 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award
Category: Relationships

Kick Start Guy Book of the Year Award 2011
Reader Views: “Book that uniquely influences the way people think, act and live their lives”

2011 International Book Awards
Award-Winning Finalist in 3 Categories
Health: Psychology/Mental Health
Self-Help: Relationships
Spirituality: Inspirational

2nd Place Winner
RebeccasReads
Written Art Awards 2011
Category: Nonfiction: Self-Help

Finalist 2010 Book of the Year Awards
ForeWord Reviews
Category: Family & Relationships
USA Book News - The National"Best Books 2010" Awards
Award Winning Finalist in 3 Categories: 
Health: Psychology/Mental Health
Self-Help: Relationships
Spirituality: Inspirational
2010 READERS FAVORITE AWARD
Silver Award Winner
Category: Non-fiction - Relationships

Our Journey with Prostate Cancer
Empowering Strategies for Patients and Families

Judith Anne Desjardins
LCSW, BCD, MSWAC

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Summary

“Your spirit is your most important personal weapon in the battle with cancer!”

Writing from the unique perspective of an oncology social worker, a holistic psychotherapist, and the wife of a patient with high-risk prostate cancer, Judith shares the intimate details of their journey and the empowering strategies she devised to turn a pessimistic prognosis into improbable, positive, and hopeful results. “We have walked through the valley of the shadow of death and come out the other side.”

“What I want to present in this book is a full firsthand picture of the emotional and psychological toll that prostate cancer has on patients and their loved ones.

I want to show how it affects them on the inside; the parts that may be invisible to others but are very real: the mind, emotions, and spirit.

It is my firm belief that understanding and treating these dimensions of the disease as well as the body, in a holistic approach, can lead to a better prognosis for the prostate cancer patient— and that it can also prevent family caretakers from developing their own medical problems due to stress.

Over the two-year period I’ve been writing this book, I have gained painful yet valuable insight into the whole dynamics of cancer, treatment, and healing. This insight is so much more real and organic than the theories I employed as an oncology social worker in the 1970’s. In those days my knowledge was only theoretical, or limited to what I gleaned or intuited from my work with patients, family members, and the medical staff. I had only a vague idea what the patients and their family members were going through.

In this book, I want to earnestly and honestly share the experiences my husband and I have had with prostate cancer so far, in hopes that you will find comfort and power from the shared experiences whether you’re the patient or the patient’s loved one. You will find here practical suggestions for navigating the medical system, insight into your own emotional-psychological-spiritual processes, strategies for battling prostate cancer in particular, and the courage to fight prostate cancer with all your might—while maintaining a loving relationship.

I pray that by reading our story, you will be blessed in some way and that you will find your Inner Warrior (a person who is strong in body, mind, emotions, and spirit; a person with fierce determination to live, who is disciplined and well armed for the battle with cancer)—again, whether you’re the patient or the patient’s loved one.

One final note: Although I’m writing specifically about prostate cancer, I’m confident that the principals I present here apply to men and women with any form of cancer—as well as their family members.”


Creating a Healthy Life and Marriage
A Holistic Approach:
Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit

Judith Anne Desjardins
LCSW, BCD, MSWAC

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Testimonials

“Working with Judith Desjardins has been a life changing experience. Insecurity, love, marriage, infertility, success – Judith has been there every step of the way. Her approach to life issues is compassionate, caring and well thought out. She encourages her clients to dive deep within themselves and get to the real issues. I have learned how to recognize, bring forth and embrace my life and turn it into a successful and happy life, marriage and family. Thank you, Judith!”

— Kathleen Rodriguez

“I so enjoyed reading this book! Judith combines a knowledge of developmental
psychology theories with examples which are written in clear and understandable
language. The book spans early childhood to adult relationships; how we got the way
we are and how to get better. It is a great book, full of exercises and practical selfhelp
tools.”

— Marjorie L. Rand, Ph.D. - author, with Jack Rosenberg, of Body, Self and Soul;
Sustaining Integration, psychotherapist, lecturer

“The struggle against our Inner Children until they are recognized and nourished is
universal in our culture and is the centerpiece to Judith’s method of helping her
clients.”

— Shani Fox, ND, Naturopathic Physician, Integrative and Alternative Treatment
of Cancer and Chronic Conditions


Summary

The material provided in this book was gleaned from Judith Desjardins’ personal journey of healing and transformation.  It is a modern day “mental health almanac,” filled with insight into all the seasons of growth in relationships -- childhood, teen years, young adult, mature adult.  The unique Holistic Approach teaches you how to achieve balance in your relationships and your relationship with your Self.  This book is for young people, single adults and married couples.  It is practical and educational, inspiring and poignant.  A “must read” for anyone searching for a healthy life, love and personal transformation.  You will discover:

  • The effects of childhood trauma
  • Your childhood coping mechanisms
  • Self-help tools for work in psychotherapy and Twelve-Step Recovery
  • How the unexplored Unconscious can sabotage your desire to find love
  • The connection between body symptoms and problems in the mind, emotions and spirit
  • How to develop relationship skills for handling money, sex, and conflict
  • Parenting skills for developing healthy children
  • The role of boundaries and forgiveness in healing
  • The power of spirituality in your relationship

About the Author

Judith Anne Desjardins, LCSW, BCD, MSWAC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, and a Master Social Work Addictions Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts with Honor from the University of Wyoming and her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University. She is listed 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. Being raised in a military family and traveling extensively gave her an appreciation for all cultures and all the world’s religions. As an educator, she has taught nationally and in Canada, and has maintained a thirty-three year holistic private psychotherapy practice. 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.


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