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Kevin Murphy: Cancer nurses play key role
helping families cope with loved one’s cancer

I have spoken a great deal to what I call cancer nurses—those professionals who care for cancer patients every day. Their job is so difficult, because every morning, when they park their car and walk into the hospital, they know the emotions they will face in and around those patient rooms.   The cancer patient is usually the easy one to deal with. Yes they are afraid, and sick. But usually...

Kevin Murphy: Retreat offers a ‘Weekend
of Hope’ for cancer survivors, their families

I received a phone call this week from a woman who is coordinating, with others, the 14th annual Stowe Weekend of Hope in Stowe, Vt. It is a celebration of life and learning for cancer survivors and those who love them. And here is what is fascinating about it—they expect over 1,200 people. And it is free.   The Stowe Weekend of Hope offers a healthy, inspirational retreat weekend for cancer...

Kevin Murphy: ‘Toxic emotions’ can wreck relationships both during and after cancer

I met Jennifer when I went to her place of employment to ship books to Ireland and needed advice on how to get them there. I was happy to have such a kind and energetic person helping me navigate the options to make sure those books got to the Irish Cancer Society on time. One box was open, needing a good tape job.   She saw the title of the book, and with a smile, wanted to know some details...

Kevin Murphy: Reach out to those in need, give support for courage, strength to prevail

I work in a law firm that has its main office in Cincinnati and a satellite office in Kentucky. We are small here in number, and as a result, we get to know our co-workers on a personal level.   It is a shame how little time we spend getting to know each other at the workplace generally. Yes, there is gossip, but I’m not talking about that nasty stuff. I am talking about sharing in each...

Kevin Murphy: What I learned from Big Mike — and my daughter — about the power of love

Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer had just reached the bookstores, and I was asked to speak at a cancer survivors’ dinner in a very small rural county in Kentucky. It would be my first speech after the book was published, and like the West Virginia gathering, I was nervous. Very nervous, because I was not familiar with speaking about something so personal.   My fear? Becoming emotional...

Kevin Murphy: Surviving cancer journey led to unique message of medicine, miracles, love

This is the second in a series by lawyer-author Kevin Murphy about his journey to survival and his book, Surviving Cancer after Surviving Cancer.   I was invited to speak to a cancer survivor’s luncheon in West Virginia before my book was even published. A doctor there agreed to read what was then an unpublished manuscript, which led to the invitation to speak.   There were five speakers...

Kevin Murphy: Listening to an inner voice and choosing to share meaningful lessons

Kevin Murphy is a Northern Kentucky lawyer and author. His book, Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer, is a different kind of cancer-survivor book. Kevin did not have cancer. His wife did. She survived. The marriage didn’t. As Dr. Bernie Siegel says in the foreword to Kevin’s raw, emotional book, “learn to kill with kindness, torment with tenderness, love yourself, your body...