Theresa Brown at the AADL

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 6:30pm

We're pleased to partner with the Ann Arbor District Library to host Theresa Brown in support of Healing. The event is free and open to the public. Theresa will be joined in conversation by practicing oncology nurse and the Elizabeth Tone Hosmer Professor of Nursing, Health Management & Policy at the University of Michigan, Christopher R. Friese. 

About the book:

From the mammogram that would change her life through her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, New York Times bestselling author Theresa Brown, RN, tells a poignant and powerful story about having breast cancer in the United States.

Despite her training and years of experience as an oncology and hospice nurse, Brown finds it difficult to navigate the medical maze from the other side of the bed. Why is she so often left in the dark about procedures and treatments? Why is she expected to research her own best treatment options? Why is there so much red tape? At times she’s mad at herself for not speaking up and asking for what she needs but knows that being a “difficult” patient could mean she gets worse care.

Of the almost four million women in this country living with breast cancer, many have had, like Brown, a treatable form of the disease. Both unnerving and extremely relatable, her experience shows us how our for-profit health care industry “cures” us but at the same time leaves so many of us feeling alienated and uncared for. As she did so brilliantly in her New York Times bestseller, The Shift, Brown relays the unforgettable details of her daily life—the needles, the chemo drugs, the rubber gloves, the bureaucratic frustrations—but this time from her new perch as a patient, looking back at some of her own cases and considering what she didn’t know then about the warping effects of fear and the healing virtues of compassion. “People failed me when I was a patient and I failed patients when working as a nurse. I see that now,” she writes.

Healing is must-read for all of us who have tried to find healing through our health-care system.

Theresa Brown, PhD, BSN, RN, is a nurse and writer who lives in Pittsburgh. Her third book--Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient--will be available April 2022. It explores her diagnosis of and treatment for breast cancer in the context of her own nursing work. Her book, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives, was a New York Times Bestseller.

Christopher R. Friese is a practicing oncology nurse and the Elizabeth Tone Hosmer Professor of Nursing, Health Management & Policy at the University of Michigan. He leads nationally-recognized investigations of the quality and safety of cancer care, and generates health policy strategies to protect patients and the health care workforce. He served as a health policy fellow in the United States Senate from 2016-2017. He has authored over 100 publications, including pieces in The New England Journal of Medicine. An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, President Biden appointed him to a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board.

Event address: 
343 S 5th Ave
Ann Arbor District Library: Downtown Branch
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - April 12th, 2022