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Life Unexpected

"You have breast cancer!" A bolt from the blue shook Naomi L. Baum's well-ordered world in 2011. Three years later, healthy and strong, internationally recognized trauma/resilience expert, Dr. Baum shares her journey and the practical wisdom gained through difficult personal experience, beginning with diagnosis and moving through surgery, chemo and radiation. If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with breast cancer, learn what you can do to help yourself and your loved ones as you travel together along this life-changing road. Behind the front cover: How to talk about your cancer? Mastectomy vs. lumpectomy? Negotiating chemo Wig or scarf? Fears Working during treatment How to take a vacation from cancer Spirituality Complementary medicine Guided imagery "Naomi Baum is a generous and intimate guide to the complex feelings and complicated choices that women face on their journey through and beyond breast cancer. Her very practical, scientifically grounded, advice-for choosing professional healing partners, engaging family and friends, using complementary therapies, and much else-is invaluable. And she helps all of us to learn from even the most difficult, and, yes, unexpected challenges that life may bring us." James S. Gordon, MD, is the author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression, and former Chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.
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Naomi L. Baum, is a psychologist and Director of the Resilience Unit at the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, Jerusalem as well as Senior Consulting Psychologist for Chai Lifeline-Project Chai in New York. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and her B.A. from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She was a fellow at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem. She has been a consulting psychologist for schools, and taught courses in psychology at the university level both in the USA and Israel. In the last decade Naomi has dedicated herself to creating and implementing resilience-building programs for those exposed to trauma, be it terrorism, war or natural disaster. Her unique BRI-Building Resilience Intervention model focusing on strengths and resources has been adopted by schools for teacher training and parent workshops, as well as with police, firefighters, paramedics rabbis, and nurses to help them deal with exposure to trauma. This program has been introduced throughout Israel, as well as Mexico, Spain, Haiti and the USA in the wake of trauma and disaster. While Naomi has accrued many degrees and much work experience, her real understanding of kids and families comes from being married to the same man for almost forty years, and raising, with him, their seven children. She is the proud grandmother of twelve. Her hobbies include scuba diving, reading and biking. She lives with her husband in Efrat, Israel. Her book, Life Unexpected: A Trauma Psychologist Journeys through Breast Cancer, is her debut, and is based on her personal experience with breast cancer.

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