Interview Judith Desjardins
Topics of conversation:
- Her upbringing’s influence on her writing
- Her journey as caregiver through her husband’s cancer
- How writing helped her coping with her husband’s illness
- Writing a second book after a successful first book
- Becoming an Indie Author
With several listings in Marquis Who’s Who: In the World, In America, In Medicine and Healthcare, In American Women, Judith Desjardins 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, released in September 2014, was an award-winning finalist in The 2014 USA Best Book Awards, Category: Health: Cancer.
“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.”
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