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I Am Not My Breast Cancer: Women Talk Openly about Love and Sex, Hair Loss and Weight Gain, Mothers and Daughters, and Being a Woman with Breast Cancer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    These Women REALLY GET IT!

    This book should-WILL become a key resource for any woman (or man) who has recently been diagnosed with Breast cancer. It will also bring those who have lived with the disease in remission or hence eradicated, with a sense of comraderie that you rarely glimpse once you are 'years out', as we say in the world of survivors. Anyone reading this collection of online dialogs will be able to relate to what is being said. Those who have 'been there' will smile, laugh, cry and nod in agreement while reading through the hundreds of passages that have been included in this rich, compassionate and inspirational book. The author Ruth Peltason has also added her own notations peppered throughout, to share some of her own experience as a 2 time Breast Cancer survivor. These women GET IT! I believe this book will also aid those who have stood by watching helplessly as someone they love is effected by this horrendous disease. It allows others to see and feel what these women really went through. Buy this book for a friend, a co-worker, a loved one, or to share with a medical professional. The wisdom, the humor, the warmth that these women have shared online and now in book form is a personal journey that touches the soul. Highly Recommneded!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

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    I Am Not My Breast Cancer is a book for every woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer, her family, her friends, and all who want to understand her journey. I Am Not My Breast Cancer takes the reader through the journey that a breast cancer diagnosis takes women thru. Unlike many books, I Am Not My Breast Cancer is not a medical book, it does not help a woman decide what chemo she should have, or if she should choose one medical option over another. What it does do, is bring you through the journey, through the eyes, minds, humor and hearts of many women. The women share, with honesty, and an openess that has never been seen before, about the journey of a Breast Cancer diagnosis. I Am Not My Breast Cancer will take you through many emotions from many different women, from all over the world. You will feel anger at the disease, you will laugh, and you will cry with these women. You will feel the hope and sense the courage that these women possess, you will feel the love and be held in some of the most supporting hands and hearts, that you will ever find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

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    Reading I Am Not My Breast Cancer is like attending a support group for women with breast cancer, only better. Instead of hearing the experiences of one or a few women, the reader shares the cancer journey with hundreds of women. The 800 women who participated in the original project from which the book is drawn are from all across the United States and from several other countries as well. They shared their feelings and experiences with openness and honesty. They laughed and cried together, gave each other advice, and bonded with each other. Ruth Peltason took those many and varied threads and wove them lovingly into this book. I Am Not My Breast Cancer is not a medical resource, it is a practical resource. It is not the story of one woman¿s breast cancer, it is the distillation of hundreds of women¿s experiences with breast cancer¿young women, women in midlife, older women, women with early stage disease and women with metastatic disease. Ms. Peltason, herself a two time breast cancer survivor, treats each woman¿s experience with dignity and respect. Any woman touched by breast cancer will find herself in the pages of this book, and it will help those around her understand a little better what she may be going through. Cancer centers and doctors¿ offices should be sure this volume is added to their libraries¿it fills a void and meets a need like no other book out there. As a breast cancer survivor, I say, 'Thank you, Ms. Peltason, for writing I Am Not My Breast Cancer!'

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