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Loving Hannah: Childhood Cancer Treatment from the Other Side of the Bed published by Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative Custom Museum Publishing in Rockland, Maine, is available for purchase.

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The London Olympic Stadium is 53 meters high. This blog had about 590 visitors in 2012. If every visitor were a meter, this blog would be 11 times taller than the Olympic Stadium – not too shabby.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The Art of Memoir

On Wednesday January 16, 2013 at 7 PM at the Portsmouth Athenaeum, 7 Market Square, Carol Glover (Loving Hannah: Childhood Cancer Treatment from the Other Side of the Bed) will participate in a panel discussion along with Katherine Mayfield (The Box of Daughter:  Healing the Authentic Self) and James Vanderpol (And the Money Went Over the Railing: How a Holocaust Survivor from WWII Found a Future in the U.S.) answering the questions:

  • What motivates an author to write a memoir?
  • How does a writer uphold the truth of the story while using creative writing skills to make the story come alive?
  • How does a writer deal with the repercussions of writing about emotional experiences?

There will be light refreshments and the opportunity to talk with the authors and purchase books.

This event is part of the Portsmouth Athenæum’s Wednesday Writers Forum Series.


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Radio/telethon for Maine Medical Center Pediatric Unit


It was my honor to be interviewed for the radio/telethon for Maine Medical Center’s Pediatric Unit on Thursday. There were so many wonderful volunteers manning the phones and helping to support the superb care children receive there. It brought back many memories of the seven long months we spent there during Hannah’s treatment.

It was nice to see familiar staff (so many of the nurses and staff are still there after 10 years), but sad to see that they have so many children there in the cancer treatment section. As I watched parents trying to keep their children occupied and as happy as possible with central lines and medical paraphernalia trailing after them, I felt a lump form in my throat. The job they are trying to do is so hard. Perhaps the most difficult part  is not knowing from one moment to the next what might go wrong.

As I talked with radio hosts from 107.5 Frank fm and 99.9 The Wolf, I realized that no one listening could understand what it meant to be there with a sick child unless they themselves had experienced it. I tried to share some of the feelings and referred to parts of Loving Hannah to make that experience more real. This effort is a part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that make every effort to help children no matter their ability to pay.

No matter how hard things are in life, having a sick child is one of the hardest. Watching a child suffer really does make your heart ache. I would encourage anyone who can help, even if it is only a small donation, to donate to a place that helps children from all over Maine.

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Upcoming Reading in Brunswick

I am very excited to be a part of this event in Brunswick Maine on Saturday February 25, 2012 at the Curtis Memorial Library. There will Maine Authors Publishing authors and book there. The authors are also all contributing to the food table. Not only can they write, but they bake!! Join us if you are in the area.

Last night I had the opportunity to speak to junior nursing students at the University of New Hampshire. I read from Loving Hannah and talked about what it was like to be a mom on the other side of the bed. These are the future nurses who will be caring for all of us. Having them understand what it is like to be on the receiving end of care is important. The focus on technology and computers has the potential to detract from actual care. Connecting with people who need care is an important part of healing. I hope they benefitted from the readings from Loving Hannah and our discussion.

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February Blues Book Bash

Poster for February 25th event in Brunswick

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Reader Responses

I live in a small town and so it isn’t unusual to meet people you know at the polls when you go to vote. Outside of general greetings, I had several people stop me to talk about Loving Hannah. The response was positive and one person thanked me for sharing my story. Another woman joined the conversation and they discussed how much of a “page turner” the book was, even though they knew the outcome.

The third person who stopped me to talk said she didn’t know how to say what she wanted to say about my book without it seeming like a backhanded complement. “Your book was so well written. I don’t mean this in a bad way, but it was so much better than I expected. You are an amazing writer. I was so impressed with the story and your ability to tell it.”

Perhaps I take comments like these (she’s not the first) as a compliment because this is the first book I’ve published. To be told you work is good feels great. To have people be surprised by that is a compliment of the different sort. I wonder if other writers have experienced this same thing in their home towns. It certainly motivates me to continue my writing.

I will be presenting my program When Casseroles Aren’t Enough along with readings from Loving Hannah at the Dover United Methodist Church on January 11, 2012 at 7 PM. It gives me great joy to give something back to the community and continue to spread the word about childhood cancer treatment.

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Upcoming Book Signings and Program Presentation

Casseroles Aren’t Enough: Helping Families in Crisis will be presented at the following book signings and readings of Loving Hannah: Childhood Cancer Treatment from the Other Side of the Bed.

Tuesday September 13, 2011 Durham Public Library in Durham, NH at 7 PM

Thursday September 29, 2011 York Public Library in York, Maine at 7 PM

Wednesday October 5, 2011  River Run Books in Portsmouth, NH at 6 PM

The author will also be at the Common Ground Fair (September 23 – 25) (MOFGA) in Unity Maine at the Maine Author’s Publishing booth on Friday and Saturday. Stop by, meet authors and talk with them about their books.

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Book Signing Border’s Books in South Portland, Maine

Border’s Books in South Portland, Maine is hosting a Festival of Authors for Maine Author’s Publishing writers this weekend (July 15-17). Stop by and meet Maine writers who have published wonderful books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. It is well worth some time. I will be there on Sunday at 2 PM and would love to chat about the book.

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Coping With Family Crisis

A Childhood Cancer Diagnosis

None of us are prepared for the worst. Nature’s destruction of people’s lives has been prominent in the news recently. One minute a home and community is there and then it’s gone. If the people in that situation have only lost a physical structure and not their lives, they feel fortunate. They may grieve for the loss of what they had, but know that the “things” in life are replaceable.

A diagnosis of childhood cancer isn’t the same as a flood, tornado or earth quake, but it still leaves the family sitting in the ruins of their life, stunned by the suddenness of the loss of all normality. Unfortunately what they face next isn’t the rebuilding of a physical structure, but the struggle to maintain any structure in daily life. Familiar landmarks are gone. Shock and grief are present, but the demands of treatment don’t allow any processing of the emotions.

To cope with this requires support from many sources. Families often don’t even know what to ask for while community members want to help, but often don’t know what to do. Food is what most people think of and that’s a wonderful thought until someone leaves a casserole on the front porch that the family doesn’t know about. They come home to something spoiled and while feeling grateful for the thought, are sad for the waste.

Remembering our own treatment experience, I have compiled a list of what helped us. This fall I plan to offer a presentation of Casseroles Aren’t Enough at book signings.

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Transparency In Medicine

Improving Care Through Knowledge and Patient Participation

Recently at a provider’s meeting of CORE Physician’s Services ( at Exeter Hospital, one of the main topics was transparency in medicine. In the past, physicians ran individual businesses and the only way most people could learn about the skills, caring and quality of medical care provided was through word of mouth or if something went terribly wrong. Most physicians were selected by patients for the location of the office or a connection with the local hospital.
That has all changed with the more group practices connected with hospitals and changes in technology with online sources of information. Now health care reform requires all providers to meet standards of care for the treatment of specific diseases. With the increasing use of Electronic Medical Records, each patient visit provides a complete record of the quality of care given.
CORE subscribes to this high standard of care and soon that data will be made available for consumers to review. This will in time improve patient services as consumers come to own their care.
In Loving Hannah: Childhood Cancer Treatment from the Other Side of the Bed, the author experienced medical treatment from the consumer side during Hannah’s fight to survive AML. The medical care received at Maine Medical Center and from Maine Children’s Cancer Program was excellent. There were, however, some providers who provided less than stellar care. In writing the book, none of those were listed by name since the aim of the book wasn’t an exposé, but a story of hope and survival. Had there been any of the current mechanisms for evaluating care, I might have participated in an evaluation.
As we health care providers face the future with online report cards on the care we give, we will need to use not only our medical expertise, but our communication skills to educate and include the patient and his/her family in care decisions. The quality of care does make a difference in patient outcomes.

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