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Posted March 28, 2014
This is a wonderful book that should be given by a doctors to any patient just diagnosed with breast cancer. I had the pleasure of meetig Ms. Chapman and she is just as witty and upbeat as her book. I bought copy and gave it to a friend about to undergo the surgery and she found it both comforting and inspiring. If you have not read it - whether or not you are a cancer patient - you should; it's an inspiring read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2013
This is a great book and a must read for anyone who knows someone suffering through the journey of breast cancer. I bought this book and read it from beginning to end. Kudos to Ms. Chapman for telling her story in a compelling and witty manner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2013
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Divine Secrets of the TA-TA Sisterhood by Joanna Chapman is written with a healthy dose of insight, spunk and humor. The author was diagnosed with breast cancer in her forties and, despite the period of initial disbelief, she managed to pull together a network of family and friends to help her through the periods of diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and recovery. The book is divided into sections which is a blessing for the reader. If consumed all at once, it might be a bit too much to digest. Most helpful to those recently diagnosed will be the initial reactions and how to actually develop a support system for the anticipated long haul ahead. The Divine Secrets boxes are surely something both cancer patients and those attempting to support them should read as refreshers. They are based upon personal experience and they come from knowledge, research and gut feelings.
One of the most poignant sections is naturally the moment that the author looks into the mirror and acknowledges that her body and therefore her psyche, will never be the same. But Chapman immediately tells how to endure that realization by reframing negative thinking. Divine Secrets is a book of honest and raw feelings about an issue that yearly affects thousands of women. Anyone reading the book will be in a better position to take the procedures with an additional ounce of courage while their supporters will surely gain wisdom on what NOT to do when attempting to motivate friends and family members. Well written and from the heart.
Posted June 22, 2013
Breast cancer, or any cancer for that matter, is not funny, nor should it be taken lightly. It is an extremely serious condition and needs to be fully understood with all the options available.
Joanna Chapman not only wants you to know how devastating it is when you are first told, and how confusing all the terminology can be, plus the options based on how serious the cancer is at the first discovery, but she wants you to know, you can still live your life and keep a sense of humor. Do research and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from others.
There is no one correct way. Every woman has her own situation and needs to make the best decision for her. What seems like the best solution may not be after speaking with the professionals. It goes back to knowing your own situation. Don’t be afraid to ask for all your records, lab results, etc. This is YOUR body.
Interspersed along the way are small tidbits of advice, along with websites, books, etc to help aid you in your research and travels.
You may not have the same family and friend closeness, but don’t feel you must bear this alone. Search out your local support groups, try your religious groups and most importantly are your Pink Sisters who have and are going through the same diagnosis.
This book is a must read for anyone with breast cancer. Not only does Joanna write the beginning, when she was diagnosed, and the during, but the difficulty in the after surgery.
Posted June 11, 2013
By: Joanna Chapman
Published By: Cosmic Casserole Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Divine Secrets Of The Ta-Ta Sisterhood" by Joanna Chapman was indeed a good informative read. This survivor lived it. Therefore, I was very interested in what she had to say about it: CANCER. "Ms. Chapman "reveals some of the best advice she wished she’d had, including: how to stop your head from spinning from conflicting advice, why you should accept those foil-covered casseroles, and when to give out “Stupid Passes” for well-meaning but clueless comments." I loved this book because she give you her real thoughts and emotions of what she endured and how her family felt about her on this Ta-Ta ride. Whether you have gone through cancer or not it is a incredible read. If Joanna can laugh with some of her humor she gave us, so can we. For me, I not only 'laughed and cried....tears of joy and sadness' but to me it was so real to have read this amazing book. Again, whither you have been through cancer, yourself, or had a family or friend go through it, or may be you have had not experience with it, I still would recommend this book as a incredible read.