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Book Review: Estate and Financial Planning for People Living with COPD

Title: Estate and Financial Planning for People Living with COPD
Author: Martin M. Shenkman, MBA, JD
Publisher: DemosHealth, Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
Publisher Address:  11 West 42nd St, 15th floor   New York, N.Y.  10036
ISBN: 978-1-936303-34-2

Price: $21.95 US DOLLARS

Publication Date: 2013
Reviewed by Jackie Paulson © 2012

Headline: What is Estate and financial planning for COPD?
5 stars

This book covers the question, “why a book on planning for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?”  COPD is one of the most common lung disease and it has a profound impact on those living with it, their families, loves ones, and caregivers.   It covers; estate, financial, planning, health finances and it tells you how.  Each chapter is extensively covered and gives a summary at the end of each section of chapter.

Did you know that COPD is misunderstood and that more woman than men is being diagnosed at the ages of 45-64?  Most persons with COPD lose their jobs, careers, businesses and hurt financially which affects their retirement.  This all needs to be considered when planning for the future of those affected by COPD.

This is a must read book when COPD is occurring.  Mr. Shenkman does an excellent job of providing the tools and techniques for people and their financial advisors with this dreaded disease.    It is very easy to read and a helpful resource to keep on your shelves or give to someone whom may be dealing with COPD.



Parkinson’s Disease (Looking Down the Barrel) by Richard Secklin

Parkinson’s Disease (Looking Down the Barrel) by Richard Secklin


When Richard wrote this memoir when he was four years (2010) into his diagnosis and living with Parkinson’s disease.  We all have heard of Michael J Fox and his struggles with the disease and this book should be added to anyone’s collection of books if you know someone who suffers from such a disease.

I am deeply moved by what Richard writes and the fact that his wife left him after 18 years.  His son left also.

Since Richard use to be a cop and worked his way up the ladder of success he was smacked with Parkinson’s disease which led him to facing the barrel of a gun, wanting to kill himself.

Since I am a Christian I can have compassion for the thought process of depressed people such as when it hit Richards life.

Losing my wife, son, job, career, and all that was worked for would be the hardest thing to handle ever.  Can you imagine?

This is a true story and will open your eyes to the reality of Parkinson’s’ Disease.

© 2012 Jackie Paulson


50 Days of Hope by Lynn Eib


50 Days of Hope by Lynn Eib

I would like to thank Tyndale Publishers for a free copy of this book for my review.

If you need inspiration for someone who has cancer or just been diagnosed, then this book will help you understand the journey through cancer. The author wants to help those who suffer from cancer, and bring them hope. Lynn shares from her experience of having cancer to surviving it. It is in struggling that I feel we often come out stronger than if we had not had that struggle. Yes, why me Lord, why do I have cancer, or why so and so have cancer. All of the questions, they seem unanswered. Lynn will help you and encourage you from start to finish. If she can survive and beat it, so can YOU! The scriptures, stories and insights will be something to pass along if and when you might need it. It is in these days, that we often hear of a friend or family member who has cancer. It is the hope of the author to encourage you to never give up hope.

© 2012 Jackie Paulson

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Cancer Clinical Trials by Tomasz M. Beer

Cancer Clinical Trials by Tomasz M. Beer, MD and Larry W. Axmaker, Ed.D. © 2012

First of all I would like to let you know that Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer.

Before reading this resourceful book I did not know what all was involved in clinical trials.  The author will help you decided if you would like to be in a clinical trial as one of your options to healing your cancer.  The book highlights questions to ask before and during a clinical trial to aid you in your process of decision making.

The book opens with a discussion of what cancer is and the many ways in which it is treated.  If you have had cancer than this is a nice review.  Although for someone such as myself whom knew nothing about cancer or clinical trials; I learned that this book is a complete resource guide and helpful to have on my bookshelves.

© 2012 written by Jackie Paulson