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Breast Cancer! You're Kidding... right? Living Life Through The Prism of Uncertainty And Having A Good Time! Paperback – November 17, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: CancerCat; Breast Cancer! You're Kidding...right? edition (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615498590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615498591
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,517,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is invaluable for any patient, family member or friend that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a practical guide which offers advice and tips needed to bring order in a time of uncertainty. Cathy has included an easy-to-follow methodology complete with discussion documents, worksheets and criteria solution matrices that will enable patients to make informed decisions about their clinical treatment pathways, gain control of their care, and understand the entire process from start to finish. Her insight and advice will help to bring calmness and direction to anyone experiencing the unchartered maze of breast cancer, with guidance on all medical, supportive, emotional, and physical aspects of this diagnosis. Cathy does it with transparency, candor, and wit as she shares her breast cancer journey with you, and how she emerged strong, successful, beautiful, and joyful! Emma C. Ferguson, M.D --Emma C. Ferguson, M.D.

For the first time ever, there is a book that speaks to anyone, with any stage of breast cancer, and provides scientific methodology with accompanying tools, decision matrices, guidance and support, peppered with amazing humor. The book provides strategy on how to determine and select life saving or life threatening treatment planning in an uncertain decision space. After reading this book, you will be able to establish and maintain continual communication with your medical team, achieve the outcome and results you desire while alleviating the stress and fear that can accompany a breast cancer diagnosis. I highly recommend this book for any patient or medical professional seeking world class clinical expertise for breast cancer treatment! Kathy Hinze, MSN, WHNP- BC --Kathy Hinze, MSN, WHNP - BC

This book is a useful read for anyone who is affected by breast cancer. It is extremely helpful from a pragmatic planning standpoint to navigate the decisions a patient faces with a breast cancer diagnosis. It is presented with a unique and uplifting voice from a woman who experienced breast cancer while undergoing simultaneous life changing events. It is an example of how to confront life's challenges with humor and living in the moment. As a doctor, I will keep a copy of her book handy for patients and the link to her website available for them to view. As her former academic advisor, I admired how she overcame adversity after adversity with dignity and an unbound wicked sense of humor. If you think the book is instructive or humorous, you should hear her in person! Kim Dunn, MD, Ph.D. --Kim Dunn, MD, Ph.D.

About the Author

Catherine Doughty, MS, CCHI, is an award winning author who holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics from The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics. In addition to her career as a Director for the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, she is a trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor for three universities. For the first time in book form, Cathy provides an intensive understanding and step-by-step guide utilizing scientific methodology to navigate complex issues and medical decision making in an uncertain decision space that a patient experiences during a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment planning. Her personal experience with breast cancer, paired with an yielding sense of humor, is woven throughout this book and provides insights on how to utilize a tool set and see how information being refracted can be misrepresented through the prism of uncertainty. She will walk the reader through each phase of breast cancer treatment planning with decision matrices, forms, and discussion documents while keeping you on the edge of your seat on an adrenaline thrill ride wondering what is going to happen next and empowered throughout every page!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. on March 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has to be the best self-help breast cancer book I have ever read--or at least read in years. For those of you who have fallen into the Cosmic Cancer Bunnyhole, this phenomenally written, life-changing approach to the management of a breast cancer diagnosis will change your entire outlook.

First of all, this book is written with a style that is very easy to read. The Cancer Cat Advice and Tips along with the step by step approach to cancer treatment and recovery management is very practical and real. A first of it's kind written by a Lean Six Sigma trained Black Belt who uses common, everyday language that makes sense to a reader who is struggling to make sense in an uncertain decision space.
Please read this, it is the secret to breast disease and breast cancer management that will empower anyone facing this dilemma.

Richard Burke, MBA RT (R)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Barnes on February 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had the priviledge of reading this book before it went to print. Although the health condition is sad, I found myself highly amused at her humor and did not want to put the book down until I had read it complete. What a great book to read even " just because" as now I know a book that can prepare and help someone having to make those decisions. The only feed back I offered prior to print was adding a section on nutrition. She did an amazing job on this book and I commend her for her success in whipping the big " C " and sharing her plan to help other women. Having the right mindset including humor is more than half the battle. A big thumbs up!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clevelander83 VINE VOICE on October 9, 2012
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I had breast cancer myself and am still going through chemotherapy. I gravitate towards books about breast cancer because to me, knowledge is power and I want to learn as much as I can about this disease and others' experience with it. I certainly appreciate Catherine's willingness to share her own experience and sympathize with everything she has been through. That said, I found very little useful information in Breast Cancer! and cannot say I'd recommend it to others embarking on this unfortunate journey.

I thought the application of Six Sigma to breast cancer treatment was intriguing, but the information given was very scant and each step had at the most three small pages dedicated to it. The rest of this slim book (128 pages) was peppered with Catherine's chatter about her surgeries, subsequent treatment, recovery process, marriage problems, and so on. I could tell that she was aiming at humor, but it never quite hit home with me. Between the somewhat juvenile writing, a character named "Cancer Cat" giving advice throughout the book, and the author baring her breasts to her neighbors, I was left cringing, and more bewildered than enlightened.

Maybe some recently diagnosed women will find some value in this book, but I just think there are too many better resources out there. The included worksheets would be useful during initial appointments, but the rest of Breast Cancer! is too much fluff and not enough substance.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy M. Farner, J.D. on April 2, 2012
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This is an amazing book about the author's journey through a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and ultimate cure. From the opening pages, you are immersed in a story told with uncommon insight, honesty and humor. The author leaves nothing on the table as she takes you from her unexpected diagnosis through her emotional lows after surgery and ultimately to her triumph over cancer. Cathy's story is told with her incredible wit amidst tragedy, raw emotion and unstoppable spirit. Along the way, Cathy provides everyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis a model for how to deal with the decision tree that confronts them. Her methodology is straightforward and allows the cancer patient to regain control of the process that might otherwise overtake them. Two thumbs up for this "must read" book!
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