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“Linda Blachman and her mothers have given us far more than a book about coping with cancer. Here we have stories and insights about growing courage, awakening impermanence, and hope in the face of death. Most of all, these are deeply moving expressions of living and loving told as only mothers ‘up against it’ can tell them. Another Morning is a wonderful book, a gift of the human spirit in response to great challenge and ultimate concern.”

-- Charles Garfield, Ph.D., Author, Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb: Love and Caregiving in a Time of AIDS; Founder, SHANTI; and Clinical Professor of Psychology, University of California Medical School at San Francisco


“Stories are true wisdom and these stories, especially, are great gifts. In a culture that doesn't recognize or value wisdom, these stories are rare and profound offerings to the survivors, to the next generation, to those of us who are left behind here. Because of these stories, we will be sustained. We will know, even in our loneliness and loss, how to live our lives.”

-- Deena Metzger, Author, Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing; Tree: Essays and Pieces; Writing for Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner World


"Another Morning is the best oral history of the experience of cancer that I have ever seen. The women's voices are angry, sad, and most of all, loving, as they tell stories of illness, loss, families and motherhood. Linda Blachman has written an essential documentary resource for clinicians and health researchers, and she offers those living with cancer the companionship of generously shared experiences."

-- Arthur W. Frank, MD, Author, The Renewal of Generosity and The Wounded Storyteller


“Powerful stories in Another Morning take us from the stark truth of illness and fear to the light-hearted laughter and hope that we all deserve in times of duress. These narratives are valuable reading for anyone who is caring for themselves and their children through a journey of healing and uncertainty.”

-- Debu Tripathy, MD, Co-Author, Breast Cancer: Beyond Convention (with Mary Tagliaferri, MD and Isaac Cohen, MD); Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncologist, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


“Uncensored and unvarnished, Another Morning reveals the hearts and souls of real mothers facing the twin challenges of raising children and fighting cancer. This book can help combat the loneliness and uncertainty that many mothers feel. It can encourage mothers to find the unique balance of hope and acceptance that best helps them get good care, raise their children with love and hope, and live as fully as possible.”

-- Wendy S. Harpham, MD, Author, When a Parent has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children and Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survival


“It can happen; mothers of small children can get cancer, and survive or not. It's a tragedy many well-wishers lack a way to address. But in this brave and deeply poignant book, Linda Blachman tells of a brilliant program she began, to train volunteers to help the mothers narrate their life stories to later give to their children. As the book shows, the process itself offers an important form of emotional medicine. A riveting read, a visionary idea.

-- Arlie Russell Hochschild, PhD Author, The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work, and (edited with Barbara Ehrenreich), Global Women


“Linda Blachman has done a masterful job of delicately conveying the authentic voices of mothers living with cancer. Their stories grab the heart, from gritty little secrets of clinical callousness, to unexpected moments of connection and grace. To a culture that views illness through the lens of medicine—medicine that is ultimately impotent in the face of death—Another Morning reveals the medicinal power and deep meaning of stories. Forced to confront their own mortality and the enormity of life's losses, these mothers struggle but are not diminished. They integrate illness within the fullness of human life to an extent that would seem impossible, were it not true. These stories reveal that mother-love is not defeated by illness. It is more expansive than healing, more enduring than death. Another Morning is an unblinking, life-affirming look at the depths of pain and the triumph of love over loss.”

-- Ira Byock, M.D., Author, Dying Well, and The Four Things That Matter Most; Professor and Director of Palliative Care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center



“This book brings hope and courage not only to the millions of mothers going through the [cancer] experience, but to anyone who doubts the mettle of the human spirit. It will be an important and critical resource to the mothers and to all of us who share in their pain and fear, and marvel at the way they can respond, especially when they get to tell and appreciate their stories and not feel alone. Your book is beautifully written and made me feel more a willing part of humanity for reading it.”

-- Martin L. Rossman, M.D., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Author, Fighting Cancer from Within


“This book bubbles with existential energy, giving voice to women who are both nurturing life and facing death. Their hopes and fears are transmitted clearly, along with thoughtful reflections on the need these women with cancer have to face the worst in order to provide the best for themselves and their children. Linda Blachman has gathered and provided collective wisdom from women who are urgently sorting out what matters in life.”

-- David Spiegel, M.D., Author, Living Beyond Limits, Wilson Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine


This book is a testimony to the resilience of women faced with the twin challenges of mothering and mortality. The stories the women tell Linda Blachman are amazingly lively and poignant. In a culture in which families shy away from talk of cancer and death, and the medical world offers treatment while remaining oblivious to patients’ lives as mothers and partners, Blachman’s book has much to teach us. As each woman tells her story of coping with serious illness and facing the real possibility of her own death before her children are grown, she creates a unique legacy for her children, her partner, and other family members – and provides gifts for the reader as well. Here are wise, frightened, resilient women who take us on a journey through the maze of living with cancer, describing as they go some of the remarkable ways they helped young children deal with the illness head on. I laughed and cried at the insight and humor of these women as I read their living stories. This book holds valuable insights and models of coping—for parents and grandparents, for anyone who has been touched by illness, and for health and mental health professionals who care for patients.

-- Carolyn Pape Cowan, PhD, Author, When Partners Become Parents: The Big Life Change for Couples; Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

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