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Posted January 14, 2001
Knowledge is Power
'So much to learn--so little time--and I can't even find information on the subject of breast cancer.' Those were my thoughts almost 13 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. How I wish there had been something of the caliber of THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO LIVING WITH BREAST CANCER at that time. This book should be in the hands of anyone facing a breast cancer diagnosis, as well as their families and friends. It includes many practical facets of dealing with the disease. To me, the sentence which best sums up the importance of what this book provides the reader is found on page 37--'Knowledge is power, so it's important to be an informed consumer.' Frequently I receive calls from women (and sometimes men) who know someone who has been diagnosed, or perhaps they themselves have been diagnosed. 'What can I do that will be helpful?' 'What are the right things to say?' 'What are the right things to do?' One of the most helpful things to do, in my opinion, is to see that the person has access to practical and accurate information such as that found in this book. What better way to say, 'I'm thinking of you and I want to be of help.' This book is written in such a way that the reader can focus on the issues that are especially important at any given time. It deals with the gamut of topics--from biopsy to surgery to vocabulary to chemotherapy to radiation to lymphedema to reconstruction to support groups to helpful websites, etc., etc., etc. . . and it does so with the right balance of levity. Who says we can't have a chuckle or two while reading about a serious subject matter? A special 'thank you' to breast cancer survivors/authors Sharon Sorenson and Suzanne Metzger for so thoughtfully and thoroughly covering a subject matter that is so important to so many people in our lives. Carol Rogers--Newburgh, IndianaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2000
Great source of valuable information
This book is a great source of easy to understand information that encourages hope for any anyone suffering from breast cancer. Or for anyone who wants to better understand what a family member or friend is going through. I am truly appreciative of publications like this which helps people of all levels understand what this disease is all about. I really liked the personal touch from other Breast Cancer Survivors. It lets you know you are not alone while fighting this disease.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2000
The ONE book for women
Fabulous book -- the one 'must have' book on every woman's bookshelf. All the information you need about breast cancer is here, in clear-easy-to-read format. I'm buying copies for all my friends -- and their families. Congratulations to the authors for writing a vital book and helping millions of women (and men) around the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2000
Annually, about 185,000 women (and a few men) face the diagnosis of breast cancer, and the numbers are on the rise. If you're one of those diagnosed -- or know somebody who is -- you understand that fighting the disease is a down-and-dirty war with lots of skirmishes and full-blown battles on the way to victory. The good news is that at this moment over two million survivors -- vibrant, active women making significant contributions to their families and communities -- carry the victory flag. How do we authors know about these folks? We're two of them. We're survivors who have been through the surgeries and through the treatments, and our battle scars have left us with a keen sense of empathy. We firmly believe that nobody should have to face breast cancer alone. Ever. So as we put words to paper, we visualized an in-print support group -- messages from breast cancer survivors who shared their stories and offered the 20/20 vision of hindsight. Some have carried the victory flag for 20 years or more; others are still in the battlefield, reporting from the front lines. And trust us when we say that these front-line warriors fight with a courage and determination that have humbled us day after day. If you've found yourself drafted into the war against breast cancer -- or know someone who is -- this book offers the support you need, from the first hint of a lump or suspicious mammogram through surgery and treatment and on to follow-up for the rest of your life. But this book goes beyond the basics to attend to those dozens of details you'll face before, during, and after surgery and/or treatment. We'll help you through the emotional turmoil, family and financial issues, decisions about treatments (what they are, what they do, and what side effects they can cause), controversies over breast reconstruction versus prostheses, surgery's effects on personal appearance and clothing choices, changing priorities, and the risk of recurrence. Finally, we'll suggest ways you can make positive contributions, volunteering support for others new to the battlefield and committing to advocacy issues to someday bring an end to this terrible disease. In short we'll be there to get you through all the battles, with hugs and cookies from home. May your battles be short and your victory sweet. Kindest regards, Sharon Sorenson and Suzanne MetzgerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.