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

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From the pink ribbons to the chat rooms to the Web sites 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, transform them into wiser, more insightful people, and maybe even give them a peek at the meaning of life. But what if it doesn't? Five Lessons I Didn't Learn From Breast Cancer is Shelley Lewis's thoroughly modern, slightly contrarian take on ...

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Overview

From the pink ribbons to the chat rooms to the Web sites 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, transform them into wiser, more insightful people, and maybe even give them a peek at the meaning of life. But what if it doesn't? Five Lessons I Didn't Learn From Breast Cancer is Shelley Lewis's thoroughly modern, slightly contrarian take on "doing" breast cancer in an epiphany-free zone, where the goal is simply to get through it and get the hell back to your life. Proving that chemotherapy can eradicate everything except a sense of humor. Lewis shares her five strategies for coping, and then reveals the real, not-so-meaningful insights learned from breast cancer, including "If you honestly think breast cancer is a gift, you can't come to my birthday" and "Lie to yourself (it's sooo helpful)." 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." Five Lessons is full of unconventional wisdom, unexpected advice, and hilarious observations about life inside the pink bubble.

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  • BN ID: 2000003502257
  • Manufacturer: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/11/2008
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Breast Cancer is No Fun and Shelley Lewis isn't Afraid To Say So

    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.<BR/><BR/>I recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

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    It is amusing, moving and educational! a must read for anyone touched by this disease.

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