Killer Boobs: a memoir of how my breasts tried to kill me

Killer Boobs: a memoir of how my breasts tried to kill me

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by Amy Valentine, Allison Mabry
     
 

In 2009, Austin mother Amy Valentine was shocked to learn that she'd been diagnosed with Stage 3, triple-positive, bilateral breast cancer and would undergo a double mastectomy with reconstruction, 15 months of chemotherapy, and radiation. Suddenly this 42-year-old woman had visions of her mortality: would she live to see her children grow up? Would she ever hold… See more details below

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In 2009, Austin mother Amy Valentine was shocked to learn that she'd been diagnosed with Stage 3, triple-positive, bilateral breast cancer and would undergo a double mastectomy with reconstruction, 15 months of chemotherapy, and radiation. Suddenly this 42-year-old woman had visions of her mortality: would she live to see her children grow up? Would she ever hold grandchildren?

Her heartwarming and heart-wrenching memoir, Killer Boobs, relates a familiar journey to some: the endless doctor's visits, the roller coaster of emotions, and the fatigue. Valentine kept a journal to record not only her random thoughts and fears, but also the unexpectedly hilarious things which occurred. The bevy of female friends who wanted to feel her boobs after reconstructive surgery. The insurance company sending her a letter advising her that her mammogram results were questionable, weeks after the cancer diagnosis and mastectomy surgery. The nutty questions asked by her four-year-old son and six-year-old daughter.


Killer Boobs not only provides a realistic snapshot of what people today can expect during that first scary year of medical treatment for breast cancer, it captures many of the author's personal epiphanies -- both humorous and profound. Surprisingly, the focus of Killer Boobs is less about the
disease itself than the various ways people around the patient respond and grow in the process. This highly readable memoir may sometimes read like a zany family sitcom, but its overall message is both upbeat and sane.

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Editorial Reviews

Online Reviewer -- Amazon - Kristi M.
As the name of her book implies, Amy writes humorously and honestly about her battle with breast cancer. She explores how it impacts her psyche, her kids, her relationships with her husband and friends, and her outlook on life (and death) with a wry and sincere voice. A terrific read!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149002405
Publisher:
Amy Valentine
Publication date:
11/02/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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