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From Publishers Weekly

Another in a recent spate of books by breast cancer survivors, this clearly written guide focuses on managing the unpleasant aspects of chemotherapy and radiation. Bernard, a film critic for the New York Daily News, discovered that she had breast cancer in 1996 when she was still in her 30s. She describes herself as "flustered, unprepared, agitated" by the diagnosis. After a lumpectomy, the author had nine months of chemo and seven weeks of radiation; five years later, she's doing fine. She details here the different types of chemotherapy and the variety of side effects that may accompany treatment. Some women may be put off by the sheer volume of information, but others will value the suggestions offered for dealing with digestive problems, fatigue and depression. And, of course, hair loss. "Not everyone is such a princess about their hair as I was," quips Bernard, but plenty of readers will be grateful for stylistic minutiae about wig shopping, wig alternatives and eyebrow essentials. And they will certainly appreciate her humor: "A cleanly shaved head looks a whole lot better than, as my sister liked to call it, Fright on Bald Mountain." Although lethargy may also accompany radiation, its major side effect is redness and burning sensations on the skin. Bernard gives helpful advice on combating this condition, including using doctor-approved moisturizers and wearing loose tops. Similar in tone to Barbara Delinsky's Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, Bernard's positive book encourages developing coping skills, eating healthily, taking advantage of breast cancer support groups and, most importantly, staying in control of one's life.

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Bernard, film critic for the New York Daily News and humor columnist for MAMM magazine, fills a gap in the breast cancer adjuvant therapy canon with this comprehensive and very funny book. Diagnosed in 1996, Bernard limits her text predominantly to the two items in breast cancer treatment that are the most frightening and least understood: chemotherapy and radiation. She begins at the beginning, describing every procedure from Day One: what to wear, what to do, how to deal with hair loss, how the radiation mold is made, etc. There are sidebars with tips and lists, informative headnotes, and a glossary. Bernard also covers relationships with friends, support groups, and alternative vs. complementary therapies. In the process, she is knee-slapping, wet-your-pants funny. As on the side effect of shopaholism: "Just as you shouldn't operate heavy machinery after taking a sedative, a woman who is battling breast cancer should not be allowed anywhere near her credit cards." This is a terrific book, with solid information presented in a warm and very accessible manner. All women diagnosed with breast cancer should read it; falling down laughing is good for one's health.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446677531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446677530
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,172,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
The author manages to provide valuable information, but with some great entertainment. It's hard to imagine that a book on this topic could be funny, but her outstanding wit had me laughing out loud. When you're diagnosed with breast cancer, you find yourself bombarded with information from all sources and it can get overwhelming, and sometimes depressing. This book really helps you to learn everything about the condition, but helps keep your spirits up in the process. If you hve a sense of humor you'll love it. Outstanding! I'd love to meet the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on October 14, 2003
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Jami Bernard provides the reader with humor and personal experience throughout her cancer treatment journey in this book. As a recently diagnosed patient, I wanted to learn more about my new unchosen journey. Jami detailed what to expect during every step of the treatment process and provided helpful hints for dealing with not only the physical but the mental side effects from the initial diagnosis to surgery to treatment. I have read many books since my diagnosis and found this book to be the most helpful and insightful. Thank you Jami!
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By Clair Levy on May 12, 2010
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I loved Jami's book! After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 I was overwhelmed with all the information out there - most of which was pretty depressing and scary. While Jami discusses the hard truths about chemo and radiation (I've yet to experience them), she does it was great humor so that the information is much easier to absorb. She has very helpful tips and really gets to the heart of the matter. I would highly recommend purchasing her book. I really identified with Jami's approach. I am a Life Coach going through this journey myself and am also trying to bring a little levity to a very difficult situation. Bravo!

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