Many people believe the topic of surviving prostate cancer relates only to men. It doesn't. This disease can take a serious toll on women, too. Cindie Hubiak's book, A Woman's Guide to Thriving after Prostate Cancer, shows how women can take their experience with prostate cancer beyond surviving to thriving.
Suffering in silence after her husband's diagnosis, Cindie woke up to her deep-seated unhappiness. Her search for remedies led her to not only revitalize her relationship with Steve but thrive as a sensual, sexual woman. The author guides readers to honor and grieve losses until reaching acceptance, seek intimacy, strive for sexual fulfillment, and deepen the connection with your own spirit and All That Is.
Larry L. Bans, MD, Medical Director, Prostate Solutions of Arizona, notes in the foreword that an important piece of a man's healing journey often gets overlooked in the prostate cancer story - the physical and emotional well-being of a patient's spouse. He notes that Cindie's book, "shows how to apply concrete ideas and practices to a woman's own odyssey through her loved one's prostate cancer journey."
Oh, I was expecting a bit more... most of the book is general relational advice for a couple, with maybe 15% specific to her husband's prostatectomy...
Basically, because of the stigma around prostate cancer, this couple didn't really deal with their changed sexuality for 3 years. Finally, after getting some good relational counseling, meeting with a tantrica, getting a massage table, and using the VED (vacuum erectile device) again, they were able to restore their sexual relationship.
That was a good and important story, but there is way too much narrative for that story. The author also gives far too much advice that she's not really qualified to give... she's a CPA, not a trained therapist. The advice she gives is not necessarily bad, but it lacks some of the context and depth that a trained therapist would be able to offer; her advice comes only out of her own experience.
The book is strongest in the story of how they specifically dealt with the prostatectomy. But that's a ways into the book, and not a large part of the book.
The flute interludes between sections were a bit loud and got a bit jarring after awhile.