Across the Chasm: A Caregiver's Story
by Naomi Zikmund-Fisher with Brian Zikmund-Fisher
Many fine books have been written by bone marrow or stem cell transplant survivors, but Across the Chasm offers a unique glimpse of the transplant experience - as seen through the eyes of a caregiver.
Twenty-seven-year-old Naomi Zikmund-Fisher was six months pregnant with her first child when she learned that her husband needed a bone marrow transplant. In the two years that followed, she grappled with the fear, exhaustion, anger, uncertainty, exhilaration and disappointments that are the core of the caregiver's experience.
Across the Chasm chronicles Zikmund-Fisher's day-to-day life, as she struggled to care for her husband, raise a young child and maintain her sanity. With humor and candor, she offers a vivid picture of the emotions and challenges caregivers face.
"Naomi has the wonderful, insightful gift of being able to capture the bone marrow transplant journey as uniquely experienced by her family, and at the same time is able to give words to the shared experience of individuals and families traveling the same journey."
Director of Social Services, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
"When I was a caregiver for my husband, I could never find a book on what to expect that wasn't written by either a patient or some "expert" who had never been there or done that. Across the Chasm gives a brutally honest, up-front view of what a caregiver goes through on a daily basis, things only a caregiver knows and experiences."
Caregiver for a Transplant Patient