I'm Too Young to Have Breast Cancer!: Regain Control of Your Life, Career, Family, Sexuality, and Faith


Beth Hawkins supplies intimate and detailed anecdotes from sixteen real women under the age of 40 who encountered breast cancer at what was supposed to be their prime.
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Beth Hawkins supplies intimate and detailed anecdotes from sixteen real women under the age of 40 who encountered breast cancer at what was supposed to be their prime.
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After hearing of a 27-year-old friend's diagnosis, 32-year-old Leibson-Hawkins became obsessed with the lack of information on breast cancer in young women. She pursued sources on the Internet and found 16 survivors who would speak to the everyday concerns cancer presents: lack of control, work and career, sexuality and dating, family and children, and spirituality. A useful book that fills a void; Beth Murphy's Fighting for Our Future (LJ 2/1/02) is an excellent source for medical detail on cancer in young women. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895260550
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How I Came to Write This Book ix
Chapter 1 Regaining Control 1
How Do I Regain Control of My Life? Roberta, 27: The Patient as Manager
How Do I Regain Control of My Body? Lanita, 31: Marathon Runner
Survivor Suggestions on Regaining Control
Chapter 2 Work and Career 35
What If My Career Is No Longer Fulfilling? Helen, 32: The Career Switch
What If My Career Priorities Change? Janis, 33: Setting Limits
What If I Thrive on My Career? Anne, 27: Getting Back to Business
What If I Have No Health Insurance? Nora, 27: Adventures in Medicaid
Survivor Suggestions on Work and Career
Chapter 3 Sexuality and Dating 87
Dating? You've Got to Be Kidding! Becky, 26: Wedding under the Arches
How Does Breast Cancer Affect Sexuality? Amanda, 35: Healing Arts
What If I Don't Want to Reconstruct? Mary, 36: Amazon Woman
Survivor Suggestions on Sexuality and Dating
Chapter 4 Pregnancy, Children, and Family 133
What If I Want to Have Children? Susan, 40: Breast-feeding in Dana Farber
What If I Want to Adopt? Jacquie, 29: A Different Life, a Parallel Life
What If I Have Children? Barbara, 26: Telling the Girls
What If I Have the Breast Cancer Gene? Paulette, 25: Living with Uncertainty
Survivor Suggestions on Pregnancy, Children, and Family
Chapter 5 Faith, Religion, and Spirituality 189
How Can Ritual Help Me? Dana, 26: Feeling Blessed
Can Faith Help with Uncertainty? Robin, 33: Finding Faith in All Things
Can Faith Deepen? Dawn, 31: A New Relationship with Jesus
Survivor Suggestions on Faith, Religion, and Spirituality
Afterword: Life After Breast Cancer 241
Glossary 249
Resources for Additional Information and Assistance 255
Acknowledgments 265
Index 267
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