Living Well With a Serious Illness is many things: the story of how the Kanarek family navigated
the illness and death of their beloved son David, a guidebook for families and patients facing their own serious illness, and an accessible and timely description of palliative medicine's many benefits for everyone touched by illness and death. It is also a mother's loving tribute to her son, whose legacy will be, at least partially, the book you hold in your hands.
―Sunita Puri, author of That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center & Chan School of Medicine
A practical guide for understanding how palliative care can improve quality
of life for patients and their caregivers.
eBook Version is Available
Robin Bennett Kanarek is a mother, nurse, palliative care advocate
and now author of her first book, Living Well with a Serious Illness,
a practical guide for understanding how palliative care can improve quality of life for patients and their caregivers.
Robin’s voice as a nurse, and as a mother who experienced her son’s devastating illness and demise, fuels her exceptional ability to spread the message of the benefits of palliative care. She believes that it would have made a difference to him and to their family, but they did not know to ask for it, nor was it offered.
Proceeds from her book will be used to continue to improve palliative care and to honor David’s short but remarkable life.
What is Palliative Care?
This website is a resource for patients and families facing a serious illness or injury – cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, complications from Type 2 diabetes, stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or loss of limbs, as well as the medical needs we face as we age. When we’re ill, quality of life is more important than ever. Palliative care recognizes that and is why its focus is intended to keep you living well, even when you’re not.