Married With Cancer – Eileen and Jimmy Newell
Eileen and Jimmy Newell had been married 24 years when Jimmy was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Cancer (CLL) during a routine physical exam. From the moment he called Eileen to deliver the news, she went from wife to wife/caregiver, a challenging role even with her training as a nurse. After several rounds of chemo over the course of seven years, Jimmy’s cancer was declared as in remission, and things were looking up. Life was good—until Eileen was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years later, and suddenly, everything was turned on its head. Jimmy had to step into the role of caregiver, a role that life and a career in higher education had not prepared him for. In their book Married With Cancer, Eileen and Jimmy share how they coped as a couple through their cancer diagnoses and treatments, as patient and as caregiver. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but they’ve had boundless love and laughter, some tears, and a few life lessons, which they share in this book to give hope and encouragement to their readers as they make their own journey toward survival.