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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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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,182,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this book to any woman facing a breast cancer diagnosis and to her friends and family. This was a beautiful, candid, and suprisingly humorous story of one woman's determination to work her way through what she describes as the "prism of uncertainty." At the time of her diagnosis, the author worked for a large Houston hospital. One of her responsibilities there was reviewing processes and evaluating data "to organize a change management plan to improve efficiencies in workflows, and patient outcomes." The author applied the scientific and analytical skills she used on a daily basis at work to her personal life as she worked her way through her diagnosis and treatment. In the book, she describes her journey and provides advice and charts to readers to help them understand and process the information they will receive through their own diagnosis and treatment and approach the decisions they will inevitably be faced with. Some of the advice and tips she applied in her own journey. Some, she learned through hindsight, e.g. "always review your reports once you receive them and keep a copy for your records." If faced with a diagnosis myself or of someone close to me, I will be reading this book again so that the advice and the sense of hope that resonates throughout the book will be fresh in my mind.
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!Breast Cancer! You're kidding....Right? by Catherine Doughty is an inspirational story of one woman's fight against breast cancer. In the book she tells of her ups and downs in her fight against the disease. Through the good and the bad she uses humor and true life experiences to help others. The Cancer Cat tips and the Cancer Cat advice sections are valuable information for anyone that is facing cancer. They help you deal with physicians, treatments, and recovery. It tells you what questions you need to ask your insurance company as well as your employer as you go through the different stages while fighting cancer. The book gives you insight on what you can expect in the days ahead with chemotherapy and radiation treatments and helps give you a positive outlook for the future. The author shows tremendous compassion, courage, and determination in her fight against cancer and this book is a true inspiration to others. She beat it and makes you believe that you can too
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There are two reasons why I truly appreciate this book. One, is because the author has produced a well-documented piece which covers each step from diagnosis to recovery. She has included charts, diagrams that are essential to the various stages of cancer and provides recommendations on how you can deal with it.

Secondly, it is one thing to share your mind but a completely different thing to bare your soul. And she has done exactly that. She invites the reader into her utmost private moments and offers an insight on how she handled it.

This takes a lot of courage and because of this I am very sure any woman or caregiver dealing with breast cancer will find this book uplifting.

Would I recommend this read? Oh yes definitely.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4.5/5
Editing: 4.5/5
Formatting: 5/5
Pacing: 4.5/5
Offensive content?: PG, only because I wouldn't share its contents with anyone below 10.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.
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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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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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