Victoria Hallerman, Health Activist and Author
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Beautifully written — what else would you expect from a poet? — and incredibly helpful. Victoria Hallerman has a marvelous eye for the offbeat detail and an excellent grasp of how a man and his spouse can best cope with the disease, its treatments, and its aftermath.

—Marc Silver, author of Breast Cancer Husband and Success With Heart Failure



About the author...

Victoria is a poet, teacher, and health activist. Her poetry has been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize, and is featured in the permanent archive of The Academy of American Poets. She has published extensively in literary magazines (a regular contributor to Poetry), and her book of poems, The Aerialist, won the Bright Hill Prize. She is a co-editor of Heliotrope, a Journal of Poetry. For more about Victoria the poet, click here >

As a result of her husband's cancer, she became a member of Man to Man, the national prostate cancer support network and co-founder of What About Me?, a support group for partners of cancer patients and survivors. How We Survived Prostate Cancer: What we did and what we should have done began as a journal of her experience of prostate cancer from the partner's perspective. She and her husband Dean — a full partner in the book whose voice appears throughout — have been married since 1969. They live in Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City.



Excerpt From the Book:
Surviving Prostate Cancer

“This book began as a journal to save my wits. It developed into a memoir lamenting the lack of comprehensible information afforded to many patients by modern medicine, and has morphed at last into a cautionary tale regretting the many errors we made as patient and partner. My friend and adviser, Elaine Albert, nurse and trained group facilitator, recently observed, ‘But you and Dean did everything wrong!’ We did. We never got a second or third opinion. We shopped for medicine the way some people shop for expensive shoes—going to the ‘best’ places — and we were disastrously ignorant of treatment aftereffects.”

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