Divine Secrets Of The Ta Ta Sisterhood: Pledging The Pink Sororityby Joanna Chapman
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After her diagnosis of breast cancer at age 45, Joanna Chapman, a suburban mother of three, confides what it's really like to join the pink ribbon sorority. Sharing stories both heartbreaking and hilarious, she whispers advice while tackling rugged emotional terrain and unexpected detours. The author stumbles and bumbles through Cancerland on a journey rife with both tears and laughter, revealing why you should accept those foil-covered casseroles and when to give out "Stupid Passes" for well-meaning but clueless comments.
"Several years ago, my gravity-challenged, middle-aged boobs started attracting more attention than those belonging to a Hooters waitress. The guys checking me out, unfortunately, all wore white coats...and I ended up as a pledge of the pink ribbon sorority nobody wants to join...Yet somehow, I found humor in unlikely situations, such as when before one more surgery, the nurse warned me not to use hairspray. Forgoing the Aquanet? That is so not a problem with a peach fuzz coiffure. Bad hair day? No, more like a bad hair year."
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"Joanna Chapman's wise and hilarious 'Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood' just shot to the top of my list of essential reading for breast cancer patients and the people who love them. It's that rare resource that combines huge heart and meaningful help. The voice is fresh, witty and frank, the story compelling, and the pragmatic Secrets are spot-on." - Joni Rodgers, New York Times best-selling author of "Bald in the Land of Big Hair"
"Joanna Chapman writes, if cancer is a 'gift, it's a tacky and passive-aggressive one.' Her book, on the other hand, is a fantastic gift for anyone confronting this insidious disease: honest, poignant and deeply, darkly funny." - Marc Silver, author of Breast Cancer Husband" and co-author of "My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks"
"A pitch-perfect blend of humor, hope, and help for those extradited to Cancerland. And for those of us who aren't, 'Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood' is a unique memoir that reads like a novel...the story of a spunky, flawed, hilarious 45-year-old woman trying to find the normal in a life that is anything but." - Barbara Claypole White, author of "The Unfinished Garden"
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Meet the Author
Although she doesn't plan on relocating there any time in the near future, Joanna Chapman hopes heaven will have comfy chairs for reading, free wi-fi, and complimentary mimosas. Joanna lives near a large Southern city with her supportive but cranky husband, three beloved yet hard-headed children, and two sweet but crazy dogs. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she has worked as a corporate trainer, college instructor, and stay-at-home mom. "Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood" is her first book.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
By: Joanna Chapman Published By: Cosmic Casserole Press Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "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.