It's Probably Nothing...*: *Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Implants

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WHAT TO DO WHEN CANCER STRIKES? As a vibrant woman in her late thirties, a mother of two, poet, artist, and teacher, Micki Myers decided to confront her diagnosis head on with the sharpest tools in her arsenal: namely, her sense of humor and unbridled poetic license.

The result is a charming, poignant, laugh-out-loud collection that hits all the highs (morphine) and lows (everything else) of being a cancer patient and surviving with your spirit...

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Overview

WHAT TO DO WHEN CANCER STRIKES? As a vibrant woman in her late thirties, a mother of two, poet, artist, and teacher, Micki Myers decided to confront her diagnosis head on with the sharpest tools in her arsenal: namely, her sense of humor and unbridled poetic license.

The result is a charming, poignant, laugh-out-loud collection that hits all the highs (morphine) and lows (everything else) of being a cancer patient and surviving with your spirit intact (even if your boobs are not).

It’s Probably Nothing . . .* provides the perfect blend of wit and pathos to help you or a loved one achieve much-needed perspective on this frightening journey, whether recently diagnosed or reveling in remission. From losing your hair (even, ahem, down there) and gaining two bouncy silicone strangers, to the pitfalls of marijuana therapy and the endless chemo-room muzak “that makes you think / sur­vival might be overrated,” Myers reminds you that you’re not alone and that it’s okay to laugh.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With one in every eight women getting breast cancer, bookstores and libraries are full of serious cancer memoirs, making Myers’s darkly comic entry about her diagnosis and recovery a much-needed addition to the list. Myers chooses poetry (accompanied by sardonic illustrations) to convey her state of mind and mood. A young mother in her 40s when she first gets the disturbing news, her response is a poem entitled, “Oh Fuck! I have cancer!” after she finds nothing that addressed such issues as “ silicone boobs wobble during sex or reconstructed nipples chafe.” Learning the doctor can’t save her breast, she decides to have a double mastectomy. Although Myers acutely feels the loss of her breasts and is jealous of women who will know what it’s like to feel their nipples get hard from air conditioning, she is excited to go to a lingerie store with her new 36Bs. “It’s astonishing how much better / everything fits (and looks) / when you have the boobs of a nineteen-year-old.” Throughout, Myers demonstrates that courage and fighting to stay positive helps her reframe her cancer story from one of disfigurement to “becom reconfigured,” an experience that will be instructive to many. Agent: Sarah Funke Butler, Funke Literary. (Oct.)
Marisa Marchetto
“A book of breast cancer poems. Poems? WTF? It's Probably Nothing will make you laugh in cancer’s face.”
Publisher’s Weekly
“With one in every eight women getting breast cancer, bookstores and libraries are full of serious cancer memoirs, making Myers’ darkly comic entry about her diagnosis and recovery a much-needed addition to the list.”
Marisa Acocella Marchetto
“A book of breast cancer poems. Poems? WTF? It's Probably Nothing . . . * will make you laugh in cancer’s face.”
The Guardian (UK)
“Micki Myers is a lady after my own heart. To eradicate her breast cancer, she endured a bilateral mastectomy, underwent chemo therapy and managed to maintain her brilliant sense of humor. Her book, It’s Probably Nothing . . . Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Implants is an extraordinary account of her experience, written entirely in verse. You’ll find yourself both nodding and chuckling as you read her brief vignettes.”
Maduhlika Sikka
“Micki Myers’s book about breast cancer tells it like it is, with stark honesty and humor. It’s Probably Nothing is recommended to breast cancer sufferers.”
Alison Gordon
“Myers walks a perilous line without a misstep into either of the chasms flanking it: flippancy on the one side or pathos on the other. Intelligent, funny and truthful.”
Julia Selinger
“I’m not sure how to describe why I love this book so much, but I never thought anyone else would suspect that I recklessly practiced my Formula 1 skills on the way to and from radiation treatments. Every page I turned, every poem I read, made me think ‘Hell, yes! I wish I wrote that!’ Micki Myers make a direct hit with every observation, and I love her voice. A fantastic book.”
Pittsburgh City Paper
"Plain-spoken, mordantly funny free-verse observations about things they don't tell you about 'in the helpful cancer books,' as Myers writes."
Publisher’s Weekly
“With one in every eight women getting breast cancer, bookstores and libraries are full of serious cancer memoirs, making Myers’ darkly comic entry about her diagnosis and recovery a much-needed addition to the list.”
HuffingtonPost.com
“It's a small book, and a quick read, although not always an easy one. But it's worth the trouble. And while it made me sad, it also made me smile. I appreciated the poet’s heroic refusal to sugar coat the experience or tie a pretty pink bow around her pain and loss.”
Library Journal
09/01/2013
Artist and writer Myers "decided early on to see the humor in my situation, to laugh in the face of fear." Her poetic approach to her cancer journey will buoy those going through the same experience and grant them permission to face cancer in whatever way that works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476712741
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 961,033
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Micki Myers is an artist and writer living in Pittsburgh, where she teaches English and raises her children. She writes the food blog Yuckylicious, is a regular contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and her first book, Trigger Finger, won the Pearl Poetry Prize.

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