Finding a Way Out
Finding a Way Out
Kevin was a teenager, carefree and invincible...until diagnosed with cancer. His mom shares her perspective from the journey to help others facing a similar challenge.
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“Ten weeks after going through thirty-six rounds of radiation and four rounds of intensive, chemotherapy treatments, our author Susan Long Dineen’s eighteen-year-old son left for college. Having been with him during ninety-six doctor’s appointments and brief hospitalization stays, she questioned whether his immune system could withstand the rigors of college life.


Kevin headed for an environment with carefree college students who were in much different places. Susan was not the least bit prepared for what unfolded after he departed for college. The story documents her personal journey and seeks to encourage others who may face a similar challenge as a parent of a teenager living through a traumatic experience like cancer. In addition to Susan’s story, Kevin shares his thoughts that provide insights from the mind of a teenager facing his greatest life challenge.


“Cancer never affects just the individual with the diagnosis. It also involves family and friends. This true life story of a young man’s struggle to survive is told from his Mom’s perspective. Susan draws us in to share the anguish of patient and family, as well as healing on many levels.”


—Dr. Louis Schroder, MD; Kevin’s oncologist


“Parents of adolescent, teenage, and young-adult children, dealing with cancer issues, will have more perspective after reading Finding a Way Out. Susan’s experiences with her son helped us with our son’s own cancer journey.”


—Bill and Gindy Schneller

After cancer treatment, our son went from being a bright, popular, carefree 17 year old that wanted his life stay the same. He had it all: girlfriends, athletic ability, was popular, tall, and good looking. He became another person, one that I wasn't sure seemed like our son at times. The story chronicles the struggles we each experienced and the faith journeys that ultimately changed each of us in unique ways.

Susan Long Dineen’s love for children led her to pursue a degree in primary education. She taught school, was a stay at home mom for her three children, and has launched two businesses: Child Care Professionals, Inc. and Productive Parenting, LLC; She and her husband, Rich, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Susan's thoughtful and candid reflection recounting her journey through a difficult time in her life provides perspective and hope for anyone enduring a simlilar path. Highly recommended.
Emily Rempe 
Unique and needed perspective of a parent watching and helping a young, adult child through the emotional aftermath of cancer. Very insightful.
Susan Marie 

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