When A Loved One Falls Ill: How To Be an Effective Patient Advocate
 


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Testimonials

“I found your book and read it cover to cover the first day…It is because of the work of paying it forward that you and Brian felt compelled to do that I made it through the worst year of my life…Each of your tips and pieces of wisdom were invaluable.  You gave me faith in my strength, and belief in my “little voice.”  I truly think that you book was one of the most well-written and intuitive books I’ve ever read.  I can’t thank you and Brian enough for sharing your story and your lives with your readers.  Without your message, I wouldn’t have had enough belief in myself to have been this type of advocate and nurse…I found great peace and hope in you.  And I will be forever in your debt…for the gift of hope and knowing that I am, in part, the reason my best friend is alive.”
Meredith N., Castle Rock, Colorado

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“The Power of Two” was a real help through all of this.  After the fact, I can honestly say I’m not sure I would have gotten through this, let alone understood many of the issues we went through, or how to deal with them, if I hadn’t read it.  The book was written right to the point by someone who had gone through this many times, and her insight was golden.  I often found myself thinking back to what she had written, and it helped me, and consequently, Katie, so very much…”
Dave F., Pennsylvania

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“Your book and advice should be read by all cancer patients.  We may have differing kinds of illness, but the problems and protocol for patient self understanding and control is universal.  Thank you for the book and the Monaghan Manual.”
Tom M., Tempe, Arizona

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“Thank you, thank you for writing “The Power of Two.”  I just finished devouring it and it has become my new favorite book.  I’ve already recommended it to many people and will continue to do so….”
 Bette M. 

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"With The Power of Two, Brian and Gerri Monaghan have hit one out of the park.  This is not only a great story but it's a winner when it comes to helping all of us cope with cancer or any other tough medical challenge.  A tip of my hat to them both!"
–Dave Winfield, Baseball Hall of Famer

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"Brian is an inspiring example that those of us with cancer don't have to let it define us. Throughout my life, in good times and bad times, people around me have woven a tapestry to hold me up. Brian - with his courage, compassion and grace - is a part of my tapestry. His and Gerri's story is yet another gift."
– Elizabeth Edwards

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An extraordinary trial lawyer and his exceptional wife bring their gifts of preparation, analysis, humor, passion and good judgment to his epic battle with cancer. Their insightful dialogue results in a cogent and useful “battle plan” that will help thousands of patients and families conquer this miserable disease, one case at a time.”
– Larry Lucchino, President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox baseball team (also a stage IV cancer survivor)

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“Bottom line: this is an interesting, different, upbeat and funny book about dealing with a terrible disease. The lessons of taking charge of one's care, questioning authority, making hard decisions yourself rather than relying on others, the need for advocates, and keeping your sense of humor are universal. Also the writing is first-rate. I think it would be enjoyed by patients and their families, by medical care givers, and by medical students and nurses who are learning to deal with patients in a thoughtful and respectful way.”
– Dr. Richard Murphy, President and CEO of the Salk Institute

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“A wonderful work and a gripping tale of trauma with helpful advice for others.”
– Jerry Kohlberg, Founder Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, private equity firm

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“An interesting description of the survival of a terminal cancer patient including contributions by the doctors, scientists and friends who participated in the unique process. A famous trial lawyer becomes the client, while his exceptional wife becomes his lawyer.”
– Sol Price, Founder of the Price Club

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“This book by one of Americas great trial lawyers is a saga of his extraordinary, successful battle against brain cancer. Together all the way from a devastating prognosis of months to live, this couple tamed the dragon with courage, intelligence, pluck, humor, yes, and luck. It is a story about the industrial medical complex of America including-- its towering strengths and its frailty. But mostly it is about the strength of two good people who never stopped believing that they would survive to enjoy their families, friends and each other. This is a book for all seasons”
– Bill Gorham, Founder of the Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.

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“A lucid and passionate recount of a fight against all odds. The authors revive in a well organized chronicle the despair at the discovery of a terrible medical condition and the persistent will to hang on. A story of personal determination and love to achieve impossible results but also a rare example of success of modern medicine against cancer. The book will inspire patients and their families, and is to stay as a testimony that light exists at the end of the tunnel.”
– Dr. Maurizio Zanetti - Cancer Researcher, Immunologist at University of California, San Diego

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“...My cancer seemed to have beaten me, but your book changed my life! I am getting a second opinion and going forward to fight it."
– Arlene Bagshaw, Cancer patient

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"It's not often that you can describe a book like this as a ripping yarn but this book is truly epic - an 'unputdownable', must read that is not just about the cancer but about all the people who signed up with Brian and Gerri in their long battle. It brings to mind the immortal words of the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, who said, " think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends".
– Kingsley Aikins - President and CEO of the American Ireland Fund

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“Brian and Gerri Monaghan undoubtedly believed they were writing a first-person primer on coping successfully with cancer. Instead, they wrote a real-life adventure story that shows how a loving couple overcame a virtual death sentence by perseverance, intelligence and fortitude. A less diligent couple undoubtedly would not have succeeded. Even now, it is unclear to me to if their victory occurred because they have a terrific marriage or if this horrific experience allowed them to grow far closer to each other than most couples.”
– John Moores - Founder of The Moores UCSD Cancer Center, Owner of San Diego Padres baseball team

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Cancer touches many lives in many ways. Gerri and Brian take us on their challenging journey with bravery and humor. Revealing penetrating insights for the power of family and relationships, they prove to us that there will be a better day…a much better day. A book not to be missed!
– Dr. Maryann Rosenthal - Author, "Be A Parent, Not A Pushover"

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This story is how Brian with his dogged determination and his strong willed wife beat the odds with great treatment, good luck and determination.  This story gives hope to every cancer patient. 
– Honorable James Milliken - Former presiding Judge of the California Superior Court

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As a trial lawyer, Brian Monaghan stood alone. Governor Gray Davis of California once said he would rather wrestle Jesse Ventura than face Brian Monaghan in trial. Brian had faced insurmountable odds all his life in trial. In 1998 at the peak of his career he stood before a massive crowd of applauding lawyers to receive the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s most coveted award – the Steve J. Sharp Public Service Award. As he listened to the applause and recognition, those in the audience did not realize Brian had just been diagnosed with melanoma. He now faced his last case, the greatest trial of his life, his battle for survival.

This is the story about how Brian and his wife Gerri conquered melanoma against all odds. This should be read by anyone faced with a life-threatening illness. It will make you both laugh and cry. You will be amazed by the numerous challenges and obstacles faced by both Brian and Gerri. You will learn how Brian made laughter his ally. There was never even a hint of self-pity. In the end, Brian Monaghan, one of the greatest trial lawyers in the history of the country, achieved an even greater victory in his survival. This book is the greatest tribute to the power of positive thinking and laughter in combating a life-threatening illness since Norman Cousins wrote of his experiences.
– David Casey, Trial lawyer, Former President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America

 

 

   

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