Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss: 30 Powerful Stories

Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss: 30 Powerful Stories

Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss: 30 Powerful Stories

Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss: 30 Powerful Stories


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Edie Falco, Sheryl Crow, Athena Jones, Heidi Heitkamp, and an inspiring array of other breast cancer survivors and “previvors” lend their voices to this collection of powerful stories

Drawing from first-hand interviews of successful, high-profile women from myriad industries and perspectives, award-winning journalist Ali Rogin brings together an all-star support and recovery team to inspire anyone confronting a cancer diagnosis, along with their loved ones.

Learn how preeminent actresses, musicians, politicians, journalists, and entrepreneurs faced a formidable disease and put it in its place. In their own words, the women of Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss inform and encourage by sharing their experiences and advice: how they told loved ones about their diagnoses, navigated treatment options, and managed the work/life/cancer balance.

Rogin, too, faced great uncertainty when she tested positively for the BRCA1 genetic mutation at age twenty. She found answers in the vibrant community of breast cancer survivors and “previvors” who also stared down the odds. With her brave decision to undergo a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy before even graduating college, Rogin joined this diverse sisterhood of women confronting breast cancer in its many forms with dignity, strength, and humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635767131
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 512,547
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ali Rogin is a producer with the PBS NewsHour foreign affairs team, writing and reporting pieces for TV and the web. Her reports have also appeared on MSNBC, ABC, SiriusXM, and nationally-syndicated FM radio shows. Rogin is a ten-year veteran of D.C.’s political scene, covering the White House, Capitol Hill, and the State Department. She covered the 2012 presidential election, first as a campaign embed during the Republican primary, and then as part of the Obama re-election campaign press corps during the general election. During her senior year at New York University, she discovered she had the BRCA1 genetic mutation and decided to have prophylactic surgery before her graduation in 2009. A New Jersey native, Rogin lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction; Cokie's Story xi

I The Creatives

How artistic expression can help the healing 1

Sheryl Crow, musician 3

Barbara Delinsky, author 9

Feature: Kara DioGuardi on BRCA, IVF, and Being Proactive about Your Health 14

Edie Falco, actress 16

Jill Kargman, actress, writer 25

Maggie Kudirka, ballerina 34

Jaclyn Smith, actress 43

Sarah Susanka, architect and author 48

II The Executives

Battling breast cancer while in the boardroom 57

Chris-Tia Donaldson, Founder/CEO, Thank God It's Natural hair and skin care 59

Feature: The Pink Fund 64

Shauna Martin, Founder/CEO, Daily Greens 69

Zola Mashariki, former Executive VP, BET 81

Kathy Matsui, Chief Japan Strategist, Goldman Sachs 89

Mary Powell, Former President/CEO, Green Mountain Power 99

III The Champions

How a top coach and an Olympian dealt with diagnoses 105

Valorie Kondos Field, former USC gymnastics coach 107

Kikkan Randall, Olympic gold medalist, cross-country skiing 115

IV The Leaders

Fighting cancer on the campaign trail, on the Hill, and in the White House 127

Pamela Carter, former attorney general, Indiana 129

Christine Gregoire, former governor, Washington 138

Heidi Heitkamp, former U.S. Senator, North Dakota 146

Feature: Ann M. Veneman on the Power of "Going Public" 153

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, U.S. Representative, Florida 157

Feature: The EARLY Act 166

V The Communicators

When the biggest story of your career is your own 169

Jennifer Griffin. Pentagon correspondent, FOX News 171

Athena Jones, correspondent, CNN 185

Joan Lunden, former host, Good Morning America 192

Gerri Willis, correspondent, FOX Business 202

VII The Healers

Breast cancer survivors who've devoted their lives to helping others 211

Dr. Kimberly Allison, Director of Breast Pathology, Stanford University 213

Geeta Rao Gupta, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation 221

Feature: Ellen Noghès & Sally Oren on Creating a Cancer Sisterhood 233

Dr. Marisa Weiss. Founder, 240

Notes 245

Resources 247

Acknowledgments 251

Index 253

About the Author 261

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