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Five Lessons I Didn't Learn from Breast Cancer (And One Big One I Did)

Five Lessons I Didn't Learn from Breast Cancer (And One Big One I Did)

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by Shelley Lewis
     
 

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An irreverent, funny, compassionate look at what having breast cancer means—and what it doesn't.

From the pink ribbons to the websites that sell related accessories and stuffed animals, breast cancer has morphed from a disease to an experience. And at every step of the way, society tells women that this experience can teach them profound lessons and

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An irreverent, funny, compassionate look at what having breast cancer means—and what it doesn't.

From the pink ribbons to the websites that sell related accessories and stuffed animals, breast cancer has morphed from a disease to an experience. And at every step of the way, society tells women that this experience can teach them profound lessons and maybe even give them a peek at the meaning of life.

But what if it doesn't?

Before Shelley Lewis got breast cancer she was a smart, edgy network producer. After the long month of treatment ended, she was still a smart, edgy network producer. The cancer was gone but in its place there was no epiphany, no new perspective on life. Lewis found that for herself and other women, breast cancer was many things, but it was not necessarily an opportunity for self-improvement. It didn't teach them lessons, but surviving it did draw on hard-won life lessons they'd already learned.

A wonderful interweaving of the author's personal story, interviews with breast cancer survivors, and a sharp-eyed journalist's look at the breast cancer “community,” this book is full of unconventional wisdom, unexpected advice, and hilarious observations about life inside the pink bubble.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615568031
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Shelley Lewis is a graduate of NYU School of Film and Television. After 25 years in television, she wrote Naked Republicans, a satirical voter's guide.

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Five Lessons I Didn't Learn from Breast Cancer (And One Big One I Did) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SheilaStanley More than 1 year ago
This book is terrific. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down until I was done. Shelley tackles a tough topic directly and honestly, and takes the reader along from pre-diagnosis to the end of treatment. One of Shelley's central points is that fighting breast cancer doesn't make us better, more enlightened people, and maybe we were just fine to begin with. There were parts of the book where I laughed out loud, but even the funny parts were tempered with the raw truth that breast cancer is still deadly.

I recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is amusing, moving and educational! a must read for anyone touched by this disease.