May 9 2007/20 Iyar 5767
The title of my forthcoming workbook is "It's MY Crisis and I'll Cry if I Need To: a Life Book for Drying Your Tears and Coping with a Medical Challenge."
Filled with time-tested spiritual and psychological techniques, my workbook offers practical help for suffering individuals. Nine chapters of lessons and exercises empower readers to 1) set short, medium and long term goals; 2) positively visualize the future; 3) make wise choices; and 4) find creative solutions to their problems.
An innovative Resource Section in the text lists worldwide and innovative people, places, organizations and tips for:
· Medical advice and treatment
· Learning how to qualify for clinical trials
· Accessing different forms of financial and other assistance
· Suggested reading materials.
The material addresses the needs of Latinos, Europeans, North Americans and residents of the Middle East. The complete contact information for these resources alone is worth the purchase of this groundbreaking text.
How good is my book? Check out the praises from clergy of different faiths and medical/mental health practitioners (even a Fortune 500 speaker!):
"The hardest part of any crisis is the worry and fear that accompany it. This life-saving workbook will help you direct your thoughts in positive, constructive ways that will make a big difference for you and your loved one. It's a lantern in a dark night from someone who's 'been there, done that.' And if you follow its suggestions, you'll likely come through the crisis better, not bitter. It's filled with wonderful ideas."
Robin L. Silverman, Fullistic Living(TM) Fortune 500 Motivational Speaker www.robinsilverman.com/1a.htm
One of the greatest mitzvos is bikur cholim. This means not only to visit the sick, but also to lighten their burden in any way possible.
Yocheved Golani fulfills this mitzvah with her workbook; It's MY Crisis and I'll Cry If I Need To can be of enormous help, both to people with an illness and to those near to them. Yocheved's sharing of hope, courage and faith will bring relief to many sufferers.
Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski MD, Ph.D.
Psychiatrist, Director of Gateways Rehabilitation Center
Yocheved Golani's workbook "It's MY Crisis And I'll Cry If I Need To" is very interesting and useful. It can help people with emotional difficulties. I have ALS disease, and I found much of Yocheved's advice useful. I have implemented it in my life.
I recommend that everyone, including healthy people, read this book in order to increase the quality of their lives.
Dr. Rahamim Melamed-Cohen, Jerusalem, Israel.
This is a helpful, informative text that can bring hope, help and humor to someone experiencing a medical crisis.
Dr. Lisa Aiken, Psychologist, Jerusalem, Israel
Yocheved Golani was thrown into a daunting life crisis from which she has with God's help emerged alive and resilient, wanting to share with others facing similar challenges the wonderful, life-giving and enhancing lessons she learned through her experience.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov writes: "'Happy is the man whom God chastises and from Your Torah you teach him.' (Psalms 94:12) The chastisement and suffering are what brings one to greater Torah insight. And indeed, if out of suffering you come to enhanced understanding, this is a sign that you have accomplished something and that you dealt with the suffering in the proper way." (Likutey Moharan I, 65).
Yocheved Golani's remarkable story is one of a person whose suffering has brought her to profound Torah insight. The king of Israel says that one who girds his armor before battle may not boast as one who is taking it off after victory (Kings I, 20:11). Yocheved Golani has come through the war, giving us not theoretical ideas based on fancy but a deep Torah that has been tested and proven in the furnace of real life experience.
In "It's My Crisis and I'll Cry if I Need To", she provides an invaluable practical workbook for anyone facing a major health challenge.
In the merit of Yocheved Golani's shining this light outwards, may she be blessed with health, strength and a long and good life, spreading health and healing in order to welcome Melech HaMashiach and the building of the Temple together with our children and children's children speedily in our days. Amen.
Founder and Director, AZAMRA
Yocheved has inspired the entire Nefesh B'Nefesh family with her perseverance, optimism, and her will to succeed no matter what comes her way. She has taught us all a lesson of faith, gratitude and hope.
We pray that all those who need to benefit from this workbook be equally inspired and have a complete and speedy recovery.
Rabbi Yehoshua Fass
Founder & Executive Director
A MUST READ for anyone facing a life-threatening or physically crippling illness.
Great stuff, Yochi! You did a great job with your life and your book. A crisis is a crisis, and your book doesn't change that. What it does is provide people with some practical advice on how to deal with a crisis.
You are Jewish and I am Christian, but the importance of the spirituality you described was incredibly accurate. After reading your book, I feel like hugging you!
ASTA Certified Hospital Consultant and lay minister
Editor, Wesleyan Way
Based on her own experiences and medical challenges, Yocheved Golani has created a wonderful resource for those going through their own life crises. Written with hopefulness, optimism, and appreciation for the kindnesses and blessings in her world, Yocheved inspires and guides us to meet our own challenges with strength, determination, resilience, and faith.
Shiela Strauss, Ph.D.
Public Health Researcher
This is a wonderful idea for a book that can help other people to cope with their problems.
Dr. Miriam Adahan, Psychologist
Yocheved, I could not put this down! I had to keep reading your inspiring story. Your purpose from HaShem is clear.
Ribnitzer Rebbetzin Frayda Abramowitz
Save your sanity, time & money!
You need to know how to meet your medical and/or mental health needs NOW. You're struggling to survive moment by moment. And you need your dignity.
You're rushing to appointments (the ones you remembered) and/or wondering which treatment to use. Meanwhile, your costs are rising, your needs are changing and you hardly know how to make sense of what to do first, second and later. What about the emotions boiling inside you? How can you calm down with all that's going on?
A former medical coder and medical writer, I've been in your position. I survived a life-threatening emergency with information only a person with my professional experience would know: How to find medical innovators, medical experts and charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of an applicant's specific medical costs, who has software to simplify medical appointment scheduling, a sensible list of items to pack for hospital stays, and more.
I knew that I'd pulled through because of my ability to connect with resources I needed. I knew that most patients lack that knowledge. I decided to provide it, to minimize your suffering.
I believe in empowering terrified, confused and unhappy people with dire diagnoses. I believe that patients should not suffer insults to their dignity in medical settings. I provide information that can help you to manage your problems better, maybe to end them, in the book.
Calm down. Organize your life better. You just might get your grin back.