Fighting for Our Future: How Young Women Find Strength, Hope, and Courage While Taking Control of Breast Cancer

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An Essential Guide to Breast Cancer For a New Generation of Women

"This is an outstanding book. Murphy has done the cancer community a vital service."—Library Journal

"A valuable resource for young women. Murphy has compiled a clear and nonjudgmental guide to negotiating treatment and living with the illness."—Publishers Weekly

"A unique opportunity to make a difference with what is unfortunately an increasing...

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Overview

An Essential Guide to Breast Cancer For a New Generation of Women

"This is an outstanding book. Murphy has done the cancer community a vital service."—Library Journal

"A valuable resource for young women. Murphy has compiled a clear and nonjudgmental guide to negotiating treatment and living with the illness."—Publishers Weekly

"A unique opportunity to make a difference with what is unfortunately an increasing number of young women who fall into this group."—Bert M. Petersen Jr., M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Beth Israel Medical Center

If you or someone you love is a young woman coping with breast cancer, this much-needed book was created for you. Here, for the first time, is all the vital information about breast cancer as it relates to the unique medical—and emotional—issues and challenges faced by women in their twenties, thirties, and early forties. Fighting for Our Future provides the latest medical knowledge about young women with breast cancer, based on interviews and guidance from a medical advisory board of doctors and scientists involved in cutting-edge in the field, along with inspiring and instructive stories of young women's experiences. The result is a practical and personal book covering a range of concerns, from how to find a breast surgeon, to the effects of this illness on relationships, to surgical options, and much, much more.

The companion to the Lifetime-TV documentary film, winner of the Gracie Allen Award given by the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071427814
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 918,654
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth Murphy, president of Principle Pictures, has produced nine documentaries for public television and has twice been nominated for regional Emmys. An adjunct professor at Suffolk University in Boston and a visiting professor at American University in Paris, Murphy teaches courses on media coverage of international crises.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Chapter 1 Young Women with Breast Cancer: A Life Worth Fighting For 1
Chapter 2 "I Didn't Even Know What to Ask" Negotiating the Medical Process, from the First Sign of Trouble through Establishing a Diagnosis 20
Chapter 3 "No One Told Me It Would Be Like That" Measuring Options, Making Choices, from Surgery through Treatment 48
Chapter 4 "Can I Still Run the Marathon?" Fitness, Diet, and Taking Care of Your Body 87
Chapter 5 "This Empowers Me" Alternative, Complementary, and Integrative Approaches to Healing 108
Chapter 6 "I See the Pain in Their Eyes" Getting Support from Family, Friends, and Community 139
Chapter 7 "I was Just Starting to Like My Body" Coping with Body Image, Dating, Sex, and Intimacy 164
Chapter 8 "Do I Want Another Breast?" The Pros and Cons of Reconstruction 182
Chapter 9 "This Is My Miracle Baby" Dealing with Fertility, Pregnancy, and Breast-Feeding 209
Chapter 10 "I Want to Dance at my Son's Wedding" When You've Got Children at Home 230
Chapter 11 "I Wanted to Be Taken Seriously" Workplace Issues 249
Chapter 12 "I Just Try to Focus on the Now ..." When Cancer Recurs or Metastasizes 267
Chapter 13 "I Was Looking for a Way to Fight" A Guide to Getting Active 285
Notes 299
Resources 305
Index 315
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