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Dirty Bombshell: From Thyroid Cancer Back to Fabulous! Hardcover – November 30, 2010
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From the Inside Flap
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.
From the Back Cover
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
: 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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Top Customer Reviews
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!)
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had the same type of thyroid cancer as the author but went through a totally different experience. My experience was a cake walk compared the Lorna's. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cathy
This is a great read for anyone who has had thyroid cancer and for family and friends of anyone who knows someone. Read morePublished 9 months ago by gina
My sister bought me this book, since I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 2 weeks ago. The book was informative, funny, and gave so much more than insight into this cancer. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rosie
This was the first book I read when I survived thyroid cancer. Lorna is inspiring! I finally felt like someone else knew exactly what I was going thru and feeling. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Penny M. Winters
I bought this book when I was diagnosed because I thought it would offer guidance in a time of uncertainty. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marisa Delmore
I cried and laughed reading Lorna's book. As a "warrior" just beginning my journey without my thyroid, I feel her book gives an honest account of her experience. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
all she does is complain about how bad it is to be hypithyroid.She also.boasts about all of the great things she has accomplished.This book depressed me. Read morePublished 13 months ago by molly sardella
Wish I had this book when I was going through my treatment. This book came at a Greta time for me. I am now a five year survivor and reading Lorna's story made me laugh, cry and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Melissa McLaughlin
I love, love, loved this book, the way that Lorna writes is amazing, she has a way of making you feel every emotion that she is in the moment, I felt like I was having surgery,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gina Roy