Peltason, an editor and breast cancer survivor, founded and hosted the First Person Plural Web site project, an online forum for women facing the disease. Their dialogue provides the content for this book, culled from the entries of 800 women across the U.S. and around the world. Peltason organizes the material into three general parts: Diagnosis, Living with Breast Cancer and The Big Picture, with such subtopics as Sharing the News, Being Womanly and Anniversaries and Milestones. Participants use screen names for privacy, approaching their disease with candor and freely discussing their feelings about their bodies and their relationships. At times, those overcome by anger and fear far outweigh those with a bright outlook, but when these survivors look in the mirror at the conclusion of the text, many envision a hopeful future. Perhaps the most poignant entries are from younger women, some of whom have been driven into early menopause and infertility by chemotherapy. Although this is an informative book, some survivors may discover that these raw entries churn up disturbing emotions; others will find comfort in these voices, and in the knowledge that they aren't alone—either in their sorrow or in their strength and courage. (Feb.)
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The mother-daughter roles that sometimes flip-flop with the diagnosis of breast cancer; the feeling of “mutilation” after bilateral mastectomies and the strength to create a new self-image afterward; the “silent hurdle” of surgery-chemo-radiation fatigue and its accompanying feelings of self-defeat—these and more are the issues Peltason compellingly covers via first-person accounts from members of her online community. These voices rise and fall in a moving chorus of discussion on whether to have a baby, how to plan one’s funeral, and leaving letters for survivors, as forum members respond to and advance the dialogue. Discussion proceeds chronologically through the progress of treatment, from diagnosis to breaking the news to “the defining moment” of hair loss to resumption (or loss) of sexual intimacy as love relationships are redefined. This essential addition to collections concerned with women’s issues and health should see brisk circulation and provoke further, brisker discussion. --Whitney Scott --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
This book was the closest thing to group therapy I was able to have years after my breast cancer. Seeing what all those women had to say helped me deal with the issues I have now... Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by Mel_Cali
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