The Breaking of the Stone
A Phenomenological Study of One Woman's Journey with Life Threatening Illness

Barbara Ferguson     

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-895712-60-5 (1995)
94 pages, 150 g, 6 X 9, $12.00 (US$12.00)
 

In this poignant and stunning account, Faye Ferguson brings us along on her own transformational journey with the intimacy of a personal experience and the analytical skills of a researcher and health practitioner. This monograph contains much for all readers---professionals, cancer patients, and all those who wish to deepen their understanding of life-threatening disease and its consequences. This narrative will encourage readers to evaluate personal priorities, and recognize some of the essential elements of human existence.

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PHENOMENOLOGY: A PATH TO UNDERSTANDING

  • Introduction
  • Phenomenological Research: The Study of Lived Experience
  • Writing: The Critical Process
  • The Nature of the Question
  • Autobiographical Method
  • The Research Question
  • Searching for Essential Themes
  • Living the Research Experience

AWAITING THE DIAGNOSIS

  • Waiting
  • The Body in Between
  • Desperate Waiting
  • Waiting with Hope
  • Waiting with Uncertainty

LIVING THE DIAGNOSIS

  • A New Reality
  • The Body/Mind
  • Cancer Victim as Leper
  • Lived Spaces of Safety and Threat
  • Cancer as Intruder

SEARCHING FOR THE WAY

  • Choice
  • The Body/Mind Partnership
  • Struggling for Efficacy within the Medical System
  • Approaching the Decision

LIVING THE TREATMENT

  • Exposing the Body to Destruction
  • Relationships that Sustain
  • Rediscovering a Future
  • A Place to Dwell

CANCER AS TEACHER

  • Suffering
  • An Exquisite Sensitivity
  • A New Relationship between Body and Mind
  • Being Cared for

THE DIFFERENT ME

  • Evolution and Transformation
  • Loss of Certitude
  • Connectedness and Unity

TOWARDS TACTFULNESS AND INTEGRATION

  • Evolving Tactfulness
  • Integration

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About the Author   top

Faye Ferguson is a college instructor and administrator, a curriculum developer and a Registered Nurse, a wife and a mother. She currently lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia. She has a baccalaureate degree in Nursing as well as two graduate degrees in Education. As a health educator, she has developed and taught courses related to healthy lifestyle, interpersonal communications and basic caregiving. She has managed several curriculum projects including two in which she designed provincial curricula for specific healthcare workers. She has also published a number of articles in professional journals.