After a Life-Threatening Diagnosis...What's Next? : A New Approach to Improve Healing Potential, Communications, and Life Quality book cover
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After a Life-Threatening Diagnosis...What's Next?
A New Approach to Improve Healing Potential, Communications, and Life Quality

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ISBN 9780367773564
September 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Productivity Press
200 Pages

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Book Description

Reduce stress to improve healing.

‘What’s Next…?’ aims to meet the needs of people diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening illness. Fears increase stress which reduces healing potential. Traditionally talking about death and dying is discouraged, viewed as ‘being negative.’ However a ‘problem shared is a problem halved.’ Animals heal better when less stressed; why not Humans? Expressing these fears at the start of treatment instead of waiting until a terminal diagnosis may well improve recovery rates. Reduce stress to improve healing. Also using various Complementary Therapies with Traditional Medicine to maximize healing opportunities. We will all die eventually, yet most of us have no legal Will prepared, so Governments decide what happens to your belongings. This book also discusses writing Wills, Living Wills, Funeral wishes etc., but chiefly asks you to ask yourself "What Next…?" How do you want to live your Life NOW? Tools and suggestions are given to help you make a difference in your World.

An easy to read manual by a Registered Nurse (ret) who worked in USA, UK and Australia.

  • Whether the diagnosis is Cancer, Heart Attack, Stroke, Parkinson; you and others will have worries and fears about your future. Talking about these soon after diagnosis can help reduce stress and improve healing potential.
  • Doctors and Nurses, learn how to talk openly with your patients about their fears; as a healing opportunity rather than being negative.
  • We plan for Births and Marriages, but not Death; yet no-one escapes that!

Tools for preparing Wills, Advanced Directives, listing assets and wishes at whatever age

  • Learn how to live a more content, peaceful life alongside your family, friends, neighbors and globally. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Learn how to live fully NOW.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction Will I Survive This Illness? What’s Next ….?

CHAPTER ONE "Sorry to Have to Tell You ….."

    • Diagnosis, shock, taking control

CHAPTER TWO Facing the Fear to Help You Heal

    • How Discussion of Fears Can Reduce Stress
    • How Stress Negatively Impacts Your Physically, Mentally, Emotionally. Stress Cycles.
    • Encouraging Patients, Families, Friends and Health Professionals to Discuss Fears Soon After Diagnosis

CHAPTER THREE Knowledge About Death and Dying Reduces Stress

    • We all will die someday
    • Information increases control, reducing stress

CHAPTER FOUR Fix, Cure or Heal? Going for it All "To Life!" Fix,

Outlines of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy various self-help and complementary therapies.

Integrating therapies to increase healing potential.

CHAPTER FIVE "Put Yourself in My Shoes Doctor"

Encouraging health professionals to talk about fears soon after initial diagnosis.

Not ‘being negative’ but actually improves healing potential.

CHAPTER SIX Life, Death and Life After Death

Why are we hear? Life choices, near death experiences,

the other side, reincarnation theories


CHAPTER SEVEN Get Ready to Say Goodbye Soon or at Age 100+

Wills, advanced directives, funeral wishes, financial affairs, power of attorney. Information lists

CHAPTER EIGHT Terminal Time. Are You Ready to Go?

Palliative and hospice care. Pain control, quality time, organ donation, euthanasia issues.

Optimal dying Process. Having a ‘good’ death.

CHAPTER NINE Dealing with Life Afterwards

Help for the Bereaved. Practical To-Do Lists, Grief

CHAPTER TEN ‘Avoiding the Void’ No Longer

Cease numbing out with substance abuse, meditation, self-care, choices for a fuller life


Spiritual Beings in Human Bodies. Making Peace with Yourself and others, harmonizing your life

CHAPTER TWELVE Tools for Living Life Fully Now!


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Carolyn Hornblow, as a Registered Nurse, worked on three continents for over thirty years in various specialties including Intensive Care and Advice Nursing. She then had her own Complementary Therapies Clinic for fifteen years. She brings her knowledge in an easy to read format. Inspired to write this book over three weeks she felt that a different approach to life-threatening illness was needed.


"A Book Whose Time Has Come"

Michael C Blank R.N. Hospital Nurse. California USA

"This book should prove valuable in relieving stress and anxiety. This is especially important nowadays as the journey from diagnosis to cure or death is longer due to improvements in medical treatments. Healthcare workers and the General Public worldwide would benefit from this book as death is Universal. The writing style is engaging and easy to read yet highly informative. I would recommend this book to my patients and their family and friends."

Dr. Suzanne Ward BMED FRACGP General Practitioner Canberra Australia

"A Must Read"

E. Anne Jack R.G.N S.C.M. Registered Nurse and Midwife (ret) Edinburgh, Scotland UK

"For people at all levels, deepening their understanding of Life, Living, Dying and Death. Carolyn is a caring, professional Registered Nurse and teacher who shares clear tools and helpful ideas."

Sharon Sherrard, Founder of ‘A Center for Inner Peace’, ‘A Course in Miracles’ Instructor, California, USA

"The Author Provides Helpful Practical Suggestions and has Empathy and with these Issues"

Pat Nardone R.N. With 40 years Hospital Nursing Experience, Northern California, USA.

"This is an important book for a large, needy population. A very useful guide for those facing serious disease that requires long term treatment. Carolyn is intuitive and experienced in these issues and provides excellent coverage of the topic in an easy to read format. I would have found it useful when I was in Medical Practice before retiring."

Richard Gracer. M.D. DABFM, DABAM. Family Medicine & Pain Management Specialist. California US