In a series of online journal entries by a nurse who becomes a patient, Elizabeth Wertz Evans provides readers with an unvarnished look at how a healthcare professional deals with a diagnosis of breast cancer after having experienced more than one person’s share of losses, followed by the news of spread of the disease to her liver after a long period of remission. To help guide readers through her journey, Liz recruited Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, author of several best-selling books on cancer, to explain the evidence and science behind the experiences shared in this book and to provide insight into what it is like for a woman who is a nurse living with metastatic cancer. Liz’s main purpose and hope for writing this book is to help other patients fighting metastatic breast cancer as well as the nurses who care for them.
About the Authors
Elizabeth Wertz Evans started nursing school in 1978 and began her career in the early 1980s as a medical assistant and transcriptionist for several cardiovascular surgeons. Liz continued her education earning her BSN, master’s degree, and PhD while working as a nurse in several different departments and hospitals throughout her career. After 10 years with a large pediatric practice, Liz left to start her own consulting business, PANDA and Associates, LLC. Before retiring, her last stop of her career was at the Oncology Nursing Society in April 2011, where she served as the executive director of Professional Practice and Programs.
Dr. Anne Katz’s professional life is focused on providing information, education, and counseling to people with cancer and their partners about sexual changes that can occur during and after treatment. She has written several books on cancer and sexuality, including Man Cancer Sex, Woman Cancer Sex, Breaking the Silence on Cancer and Sexuality, and After You Ring the Bell… 10 Challenges for the Cancer Survivor. She is currently a clinical nurse specialist and AASECT-certified sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg.