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Certainly we all have in us a remote (or perhaps more immediate) fear of a cancer diagnosis. What if it wasn't just any cancer, but one that targets the very area on which your livelihood depends?  Some of us might think we'd curl up and expire, but until you're faced with the reality of it, you never know how you'll take it. Lorna J. Brunelle resolved to dig down deep in her soul and find the fight to push through the hardship, and come out the other side a survivor. Her story raises awareness for what is, in fact, the fastest-growing cancer in the United States, with new cases cropping up at a rate of approximately four percent annually--faster than colon or breast cancer. In 2009, 35,000 new cases of thyroid cancer were diagnosed.
It's estimated that more than 350,000 people in the U.S. are living with thyroid cancer. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A treasured read. I learned, laughed, and cried. I will pass on this remarkable resource.  - Dawn Eger Rizzo, Thyroid Cancer Survivor

Unflappable, witty, honest, and inspirational describe Lorna's exploration of her journey. As a survivor of kidney cancer, I was awed, captivated, and encouraged by the positive nature of Lorna's personal philosophy.  - Marsha E. Bergquist, Cancer Survivor

Having suffered much loss from this disease, Lorna's narrative about dealing with thyroid cancer is not only filled with useful and practical information, but was cathartic for my own repressed emotions.  I laughed, I cried, and I healed.  - Ellie Osborne

Lorna has the innate gift of bringing light, laughter, and hope while sharing her journey with readers. I was pulled in by her honesty and even laughed out loud at times.  - Linda Joy, Publisher

Main Entry: dirty bomb-shell
Function: noun
Date: 2005
: a former bombshell beauty fighting thyroid cancer in the Nuclear Medicine Department of a hospital about to ingest a purple radioactive radiation pill that will make her a contagious toxic human dirty bomb.
Dirty Bombshell is the poignant and brave story of a 33 year old girl who is fighting her way back to wellness. Her triumphant story sheds light on a cancer most Americans are in the dark about. This story of faith, forgiveness, strength, hope, courage, tolerance, and self-discovery will change the way you tackle hardship, leaving you with the power to survive and thrive. Dirty Bombshell will help you find your way back to FABULOUS!

As an actor, singer, writer, producer, and teacher, Lorna J. Brunelle has always had a passion for the arts. A tireless volunteer, with an indelible commitment to bring positive change, she is dedicated to a range of causes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456711474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456711474
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,195,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on March 27, 2011
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I'll admit, I didn't read the whole thing. I couldn't. I have thyroid cancer and was really looking for a book that would help me with what I'm feeling and what I've been going through physically. But all I found was someone who felt sorry for herself and complained about being hypothyroid. For anyone who has suffered from this disease, you know that it's just a part of the process and you push through and you move on. You may be afraid of the scans, but you do them anyway. They will save your life. I wasn't interested in reading about someone feeling sorry for herself; I wanted to read about the realities of the disease from someone else who recognizes that things could always be worse. Every comment I read said how funny and uplifting it was, but I didn't get that...maybe I didn't read enough of it but if it starts off that bad I just can't see how it could be any better later on. I also felt like she bragged a lot about her accomplishments and how tough she is. If she's so tough then why couldn't she realize that not only is cancer not a death sentence, but thyroid cancer is treatable and curable? There are so many people out there who have it worse than we do. I'm not saying it's an easy thing to go through, but the last thing I need as a cancer patient is to read about someone who thinks it's the worst thing in the world. The treatments are tough, and dealing with the hormonal changes is not easy, but it's all bearable. I have done it as a single mom to a 2 year old, so it can't be THAT bad.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By San on December 28, 2010
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The book, Dirty Bombshell, by Lorna Brunelle is a wonderful read. In the book, Lorna shares with you're her thoughts, fears and personal feelings as she discovers she has thyroid cancer and struggles to be brave in order to do what is best for HER. Lorna is a compassionate woman who always puts the concerns of others before herself. A professional singer and avid volunteer she learns how to deal with the sometimes cold and clueless medical professionals and friends and family who have come to depend on her as their "rock". She describes her journey in a way that will make you laugh out loud and then find a tear rolling down your cheek. In her book, she tells her readers EXACTLY what she is thinking and feeling.
I was unable to put the book down once I started. : )
Her book reminds us all what it takes to be Fabulous and how we all can get there. I recommend this book for anyone* who has experienced the journey through surgery of a loved one or yourself. (*over the age of 18 - I say this because the author says exactly what she means!)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Nuckolls on October 10, 2013
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I happened upon this book by accident and started reading out of sheer curiosity, as I haven't given my thyroid cancer (Papillary, follicular variant back in 1998) much thought in years. I knew when I read it that I had to write a review in the hopes of saving some poor soul(s) a good deal of grief and stress.

First of all there are several different kinds of Thyroid cancer. The author and I had the most mild and common form - Papillary. Medullary and Anaplastic Thyroid cancers are quite serious and very, very rare. Unless you are diagnosed with metastatic disease, or you are diagnosed with one of those rare types, odds are very, very high that you're going to be just fine. Yes, you have to have surgery, full body radiation, and periodic scans for about a decade. You will have to have blood tests and take one thyroid replacement hormone pill a day for the rest of your life. If that was the worst problem I ever had in my life I would consider myself quite lucky indeed! I have been through far scarier, more painful things than my thyroid cancer, and so have countless people on this planet who don't write self-indulged books about their experiences. My 12 year old was braver for her emergency appendectomy than this author is! Boo-hoo the body scan was soooo scary - seriously, get over it.

As a contrast, this is my experience: I missed exactly one week of work for my entire cancer treatment: surgery + radiation. My TSH for the scan skyrocketed, of course, but frankly I was more worn out in my first trimesters of my pregnancies (which were both post cancer), than I was from being extremely hypothyroid. I did have heart palpitations when getting my dosage adjusted after my scans, which was unnerving, but it is part of the process. My scar is so faint I can hardly see it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kerry A. Mcstravick on December 27, 2010
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I love this book! It is such an intimate journey with a fabulous and funny lady. Lorna brings you from tears to laughter in a matter of seconds! She gives a very intimate look into her experience dealing with thyroid cancer. Never having experienced anything like it in my own life, I was still really able to relate to Lorna's very human story. It is a beautiful guide to dealing with any adversity life might hand us with class and dignity. Lorna teaches us that we must stand up for ourselves and speak out when things aren't working for us. This book is an excellent resource for anyone going though (or if you know someone going through) any medical challenge.

This may be Mrs. Brunelle's first book, but it reads like a beautiful novel. Lorna will have you waking up to appreciate God's magnificent creation and every one of life's little details. She will have you believing you sparkle and are FABULOUS! Of course you are! And so is Lorna Brunelle and this terrific book!
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