Stripped: Cancer, Culture, and the Cloud of Unknowing

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I'm a lawyer turned writer, a Catholic convert, and a sober alcoholic. In 2000, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The good news: a small tumor; the least advanced stage. Still, doctors recommended surgery, radiation, high-dose chemo, and five years of the aggressive hormone drug Tamoxifen.

Terrified of dying, yet determined to steer my own course, I began researching. I found that chemo could kill, radiation could cause secondary cancers, Tamoxifen had severe side ...

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Overview

I'm a lawyer turned writer, a Catholic convert, and a sober alcoholic. In 2000, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The good news: a small tumor; the least advanced stage. Still, doctors recommended surgery, radiation, high-dose chemo, and five years of the aggressive hormone drug Tamoxifen.

Terrified of dying, yet determined to steer my own course, I began researching. I found that chemo could kill, radiation could cause secondary cancers, Tamoxifen had severe side effects, and long-term studies on any of those treatments was virtually nil.

STRIPPED is a memoir about coming to the decision to have the tumor surgically removed-and to forego all further treatment. To love this world with all my heart, even as I know I'll be leaving it one day, is to dwell at the intersection of a cross where mystery, paradox, and a sense of humor meet.

Which is maybe why the very best thing to come out of that dark-night-of-the-soul year was the phone call I made to my friend Brad the night I got the diagnosis. "Brad!" I keened. "I have it! I have cancer!"

"That sucks," he replied. "Could it have been that time I smoked in your car?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494964641
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/16/2014
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 232,164
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather King is the author of the memoirs PARCHED; REDEEMED; SHIRT OF FLAME: A Year with St. Thérèse of Lisieux; and POOR BABY. She lives in Los Angeles, speaks nationwide, and blogs at Heather King: Mystery, Smarts, Laughs [heather-king.com].
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