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Diagnosed for the first time in 1990, Kathy remembers, "There wasn't a lot of support available back then." "I chose to surround myself with positive, happy people because I was determined to beat this disease," she says. Kathy underwent a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and remained cancer-free for twelve years.

Then in 2002, she was diagnosed with another type of breast cancer. "I put on the survivor-mode hat and was determined to press on," Kathy says.

"I think the web site is a phenomenal tool for people who are just diagnosed and looking for a place to go," she says. To provide hope for others, Kathy posted her story and invited people affected by breast cancer to visit the site. "I want people to feel hopeful, that they are not alone— that there are many survivors pulling for them."

Kathy has also become a resource for breast cancer patients and survivors by turning her own frustration into the inspiration for her business. A year after her bilateral mastectomy, Kathy was trying to find a mastectomy swimsuit in preparation for her son’s wedding in Cancun. "This shouldn’t be that difficult. I can’t be the only woman who's having difficulty finding these things. Someday I'm going to have a facility where woman can go and find the things they need," says Kathy. After five years of envisioning her dream, Kathy's shop, Absolute Dignity, first opened its doors. At Absolute Dignity, women can find wigs, soft headwear, hats, lingerie and compression hosiery, including lymphedema sleeves, and of course, mastectomy swimwear. In addition, as a certified mastectomy fitter and a breast cancer survivor, Kathy is able to skillfully and compassionately assist women in a supportive and empowering way that provides her with great fulfillment. "I've never worked anywhere where you get hugged by every customer that walks out the door," Kathy says joyfully.

At 27, Maya was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her reaction was to blame herself, questioning everything from the food she ate to her cell phone use. Then Maya focused on what she could do to beat the disease.

"People are generous and loving and supportive, but there is nothing like somebody who is in the same spot as you, who can say, 'It's okay, it's gonna be okay,'" she says. Providing this kind of support and compassion is one of the reasons Maya originally posted her messages on Pink Together. "I want people to see my story and learn about my situation and realize there’s a way to heal. You have to fight. You fight and you win."

Maya admits that accepting support was difficult initially. Accustomed to solving problems on her own, Maya quickly realized this was one situation she couldn’t remedy by herself. "Ask for what you need from others," says Maya. "Let them in. It actually enriches their lives as much as it does yours."

Maya also advises those going through breast cancer treatment to be assertive and informed. Being a survivor has completely changed the way she deals with others. "It's restructured my place on the planet. I’ve been given the chance to stop this from happening to anybody else. I have a purpose."

From the Inside Flap

"My sister, Suzy, loved a good meal, and so I am delighted to share some of my favorite recipes in this cookbook as a tribute to her."
Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Good nutrition is critical when fighting cancer, but treatment often makes eating unpleasant and cooking difficult. Betty Crocker Living with Cancer Cookbook can help. With the guidance and help of oncologists, nutritionists and real cancer survivors, it offers a collection of easy and delicious recipes specially designed for people in treatment. Now, in partnership with the General Mills Pink Together initiative—a community of 500,000 breast cancer survivors and supporters—this new edition adds the personal stories of real survivors to a combination of nourishing recipes and vital health information.


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Product Details

  • Series: Betty Crocker Cooking
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Betty Crocker; 1 edition (September 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118083148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118083147
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since 1921, the Betty Crocker name has symbolized the General Mills continuing tradition of service to consumers. Although Betty was never a real person, her name and identity have become synonymous with helpfulness, trustworthiness and quality.

Betty Crocker has survived the decades by providing consumers with food information and food products that are contemporary without being faddish. The first hardcover cookbook, Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook was published in 1950 and quickly became a national best seller. Since then, more than 250 Betty Crocker cookbooks have been published.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By renatae33 on December 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is not just a cookbook. It is a bit of a resource as well, as there is commentary both from cancer specialists and cancer patients. In addition to giving general advice and pointers in the early sections, the physicians comment upon why each recipe can be helpful in dealing with various aspects of cancer, while patients comment on when and why they found certain recipes comforting and/or useful.

The recipes are "tagged" according to what sort of side effects of cancer and/or treatments for which they will be helpful, whether it be nausea, diarrhea, mouth sores, neutropenia, etc. There are pages included for coping, such as "Humor and Healing," and an entire chapter aimed at "bringing back the joy of eating."

The recipes are grouped helpfully, with the first chapter being entirely for recipes designed for coping with side effects. The chapters include, among others, a chapter of quickly prepared meals for when your strength is minimal or someone with limited kitchen experience needs to cook for you, and another on make-ahead meals so that you can prepare in advance for those times you know you won't be feeling much like cooking, and yet another is devoted to comfort food. So many appetizing recipes are included, and the cookbook is aimed at helping patients renew appetites that are lagging. In addition, many of the tips included help encourage patients to eat by helping them understand how crucial good nutrition is to us at this time in our lives.

This book is a re-publication of the original of the same title which was published in 2001, and which is still available. The original is a hardback version and it is quite heavy, so the one advantage of this edition is that the quality paperback binding is much lighter.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RNTCHR on December 5, 2011
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As a cancer patient, eating well (or even eating at all) is a challenge. I just picked up this book and it's a God-send. It is an excellent cookbook in and of itself; I am a cookbook collector and have over 100 volumes, so it is not easy for any one book to stand out, but this one does. I also have a biology degree and have several nutrition courses under my belt; this book "dishes out" wonderfully tailored recipes that are nutritionally supportive to our needs during this time, but it would also be useful to women in general or even anyone with any chronic disease. Though it focuses on cancer, it splits recipes up and identifies which ones are good for which side effects; fatigue, bowel problems, etc. This would be useful to anyone with any medical issue. The recipes are wonderfully rich and varied so if you want spicy, you can have spicy, if you want comforting, you can have comfort food. There are even many amazing desserts to tempt you despite your symptoms. But this book is so much more.
It has chapters and chapters of supportive stories from other patients/survivors, suggestions/tips, research, and information. I would consider this book an essential tool, even a weapon, in the fight. The recipes are great and the information/support is priceless. Do not hesitate to buy this book for yourself if you are in the fight, or purchasing it as a gift. It is very attractively designed and would make a lovely and useful present. This book is a steal; I would pay $50 for it it is so jam packed with good recipes and useful support and information.
Thank you to the authors, Komen, Betty Crocker and everyone else involved in this project; as a patient, I can finally look forward to eating again now that I have this book! And thank you for the support provided in its pages as well. This is not just a book; it is a gift! Thank you!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By egugie on July 31, 2012
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Packed with "Sugar", "White Flour", "Pork", "Beef", and "Soy/Tofu" NOT Recommended for most cancer survivors. The recipes are what and how I ate before cancer...Do NOT waste your money on these 'tasty' but UNHEALTHY recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on August 15, 2013
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The book is beautiful, alot of pictures, which I like..............BUT this book which is ostensibly for cancer patients who are taking chemo and/or radiation, which leaves them with little or no energy. This book, while lovely, was written for people with plenty of energy to whip around the kitchen, doing alot of prep work, etc. Yes, I read through the book, especially noting the amount of preparation time and ingredients needed for each recipe. The prep times are extensive, many over 2 hours, plus you would have to be a gourmet cook to have all of the ingredients needed for the recipes and/or spend a great time going to the grocery store to purchase them fresh. It's a great cookbook, but just not for cancer patients, which is what it is supposed to be. Also I noted that most of the recipes are for many people. It would be nice if Betty Crocker would publish a cookbook, not only for people who really do not feel like cooking in the first place, but do not want to eat meals out of the frozen food section. It should also contain meals expressly for two people, which is the usually the case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on February 28, 2015
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The book is good and has a guide to which recipes work best for various side effects of chemo. This edition is sponsored by Susan B. Koman.
I don't support this foundation or the American Cancer Society because of outrageous administrative cost. I support the Cancer Research Institute, which has been instrumental in funding physicians who have developed a therapy for boosting the immune system rather than traditional chemo.
My husband is on a therapy that they developed. I would rather have had part of the money spent on the book go to them.
The reason for the average rating is that I could not find many recipes that appealed to me as a caregiver for a person with cancer.
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