Killer Boobs: a memoir of how my breasts tried to kill me [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149002405
  • Publisher: Amy Valentine
  • Publication date: 11/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 936,337
  • File size: 599 KB

Meet the Author

Amy Valentine was an average 42-year-old stay-at-home wife and mother of two who had just begun a children’s cooking business with a friend when she was diagnosed with Stage III bilateral breast cancer. The physicians treating her found five tumors across both breasts, four of which weren’t visible on mammograms, ultrasounds, or MRI. A double mastectomy saved her life because the “invisible” tumors had already begun to spread to her lymph nodes. The devastating and shocking diagnosis took Amy and her friends and family by surprise, forcing tough personal decisions for the family in approaching the disease and treatment. Amy and Greg decided to fight the cancer aggressively, knowing that if cancer eventually took her life, neither one would have any regrets or doubts that they had not done everything possible from traditional chemo to more alternative therapies such as nutrition and acupuncture. Fortunately, a wicked sense of humor also helped make the journey more bearable with daily blogging a cathartic and educational experience for family and friends.

Amy and her encouraging husband Greg were supported by their family and friends with special thanks to Amy’s wonderful parents, Irv and Jane Smith, who spent countless days in Austin caring for the children, taking Amy to doctor’s appointments, and providing food and comfort to the entire family. Amy’s caring brother Paul came to all doctor appointments and chemo sessions that Greg was unable to attend. The family’s expansive network of friends provided daily care, from bringing meals, visiting Amy in chemo, stopping by to visit after surgeries, doing laundry, taking care of the children, and many other acts of kindness too numerous to mention. Even casual acquaintances and strangers stepped up to help the family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    WTF

    JUST WOW

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    Posted February 2, 2014

    Right

    I mean com on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    To the last review

    That is what i was going to say

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