San Francisco (PRWEB) February 14, 2014
Over 90% of all carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors are incorrectly diagnosed and treated for the wrong disease.
Maria Gonzalez, MSN, FNP/PA-C, hopes to help reverse this trend by increasing the awareness of this rare and poorly understood type of cancer. Her new book, “But You Look So Good… Stories by Carcinoid Cancer Survivors” shares inspiring stories of others’ with neuroendocrine cancer, underlined by Gonzalez’s knowledge of the medical field and her own experience with cancer.
Gonzalez’s medical experience in nursing and medicine as well as being a neuroendocrine cancer survivor give her the knowledge and experience to offer information ranging from symptoms and characteristics of this type of cancer. Often, carcinoid/NETs are called the “look good cancer” because traditional treatments don’t affect the patient’s appearance.
However, Gonzalez understands that a cancer diagnosis can be life altering for the patient as well as their loved ones, so she offers helpful tips for complementary alternative medicine, life issues, nutrition and coping.
“I hope to demonstrate that enduring any chronic illness, as well as the struggles that accompany any diagnosis and treatment, can be accomplished with hope, courage and dignity,” said Gonzalez.
Offering hope, strength and inspiration for individuals and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis, “But You Look So Good…” is a how to guide for staying positive and taking your health into your own hands.
But You Look So Good…
Stories by Carcinoid Cancer Survivors
By Maria Gonzalez, MSN, FNP/PA-C
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse.
About the author:
Maria Gonzalez, MSN, FNP/PA-C, has had a rewarding career in nursing and medicine, including internal, primary care and emergency medicine. She has worked in hospice and home care and currently volunteers in a free clinic helping the uninsured and underserved. Gonzalez is a neuroendocrine cancer survivor and hopes to increase the awareness of rare types of cancer such as this. She is retired, but studying to re-certify as an MD. She lives with her partner and two cats in northern California.