Prayer, Laughter & Broccoli, BOOK

Peter Flierl, MSW.

Prayer, Laughter & Broccoli: Being There When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer. Los Angeles: Witty Fools Productions, 2004. $12 ISBN 0-9745179-0-9



Take Control. Be there for her.

In 1982, Shirley Flierl unwittingly found herself at the leading edge of the trend toward women being diagnosed at younger and younger ages with breast cancer. At 37, she was “too young” and “too small” to have breast cancer. The brutal reality she and her husband, Peter, faced was a Stage 3, aggressive malignancy, breast cancer, with extensive lymph node involvement.

Peter Flierl has been Shirley’s husband, lover, business partner and best friend for more than 27 years. Despite professional experience in health care and health education, her diagnosis for him was personal, not clinical. Peter was devastated by the news, at a loss about how to help, and fearing the loss of the love of his life. He did not want to become a single Dad for their then three-year-old daughter, Alison. Peter in Prayer, Laughter & Broccoli reflects on and shares his strength, faith, wisdom, courage and common sense with other couples and families battling breast cancer together.

Tell her you love her Say “Yes” Humor Heals Cry

Be Faithful, Be Monogamous Follow her lead

Being There I love you, not your breasts

Go to her appointments Help with your child or children

Eat your broccoli Cook a meal Remember pregnancy cravings? They’re back.

She is not an invalid Take over on chemotherapy nights

Learn from prostitutes Pray She is your trophy wife

Use complementary, alternative or integrative medicine

Use the serenity prayer Lemonade from Lemons

Anger One Day at a Time Avoid doom and gloom

Have fun She is not damaged goods Chivalry is not dead

Read Proverbs Read Psalms for Health & Healing

Be a good listener Bring her home if she wants to be home

What you say Believe in miracles Bride for life

Pay it forward Be passionate about life Enjoy the mundane

Chemotherapy Radiation Therapy Hormone Therapy Support Groups

You are both a miracle Synchronicity Thoughtful gifts

Speak up for her and for you Good Patient, Bad Patient

Mastectomy, Lumpectomy & Reconstruction

Sex After Breast Cancer Alive

Peter Flierl is to matrimony as Emily Post is to manners.

Associated Press, 1/8/04

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