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The Glass Half Full; A breast cancer blog revisited. [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Glasson
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Book Description

Elizabeth Glasson was living an ordinary life worrying about nothing more than getting home from work in time to pick up the kids and whether there would be another series of Desperate Housewives. All that changed one fateful summer when she discovered a lump in her left breast and things got a whole lot more complicated.

Five years on, she revisits the blog she wrote during treatment for an aggressive grade 3, stage 3 breast cancer and looks at the experience with the benefit of hindsight and a great pair of tinted specs.

A funny, poignant and ultimately hopeful story from a mother, wife, friend and colleague who (nearly) always saw the glass half full...

Product Details

  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Brazen Head Publishing (December 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RMH7QK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comforting July 13, 2012
By eileen
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This is one of the best books I have read on the subject of breast cancer and is great for someone experiencing it. This is so real and down to earth. I just sat down and read it a second time! The author writes with such a good flow to make it easy to read.
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I'm shocked at the idea that this book would scare someone diagnosed with breast cancer as the author's experience is so positive and empowering that I would have thought most people would be inspired and reassured by reading it. I say that with one caveat - if you know you've got breast cancer but not how bad it is, I guess a stage 3 experience might unnecessarily worry someone with a smaller, easier to treat version of the disease.

It's also worth mentioning that the author is British (married to a Frenchman) so her experiences may not match up 100% with what happens in other countries. Similarly some of the references to places in London may not play well to those who don't know the city or the UK.

That said, it's a fantastic read. Yes, it's up-beat and jolly because she wrote her blog for her friends and family and - like most people - kept a lot of her fears inside. But the most important thing is that it's not a snapshot in time - she reports on what she went through and then pops up periodically to update us on how she felt five years later, safe, well and looking back. When I got cancer - a different type completely - what I needed was evidence that people got it and got better and that was what I found so hard to track down.

Glasson makes it very plain that this is just one woman's story - that she has no other to tell. It's not supposed to be a guide to breast cancer, it's not intended to be about YOUR breast cancer - this is her story, take it or leave it but I would recommend it to anyone who is going through treatment or has a loved one who is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate April 7, 2013
By Carol
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Well written and accurate. A confirmation to those of us who have been through a similar experience without being too sad. Possibly an education for those trying to understand.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and readable account January 16, 2012
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A witty and readable account of a harrowing experience. Elizabeth Glasson's self-pity resistant cancer blog is accompanied by her later post-treatment remarks, making this an account of reading about, as well as writing about, her own illness. There are many wonderful eye-level comments and tips about what, and who, to avoid when you, or someone you know, is going through chemo: watch out, for instance, for competitive fellow-suffers with larger tumors than yours, and approach the internet with great caution. As well, there are a wife and mother's reflections (the author has two young children) on how the effects of serious illness on family may be part of the trials a patient is put through. That said, the book is also a grateful celebration of the strengths and joys afforded by the care of medical staff, friends and family which, alongside Glasson's honesty and humor, emerge as gifts that even this most hungrily destructive of afflictions can't get to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Winner in all ways, cancer biography April 27, 2014
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Elizabeth tells it like it is, with helpful tips and a wicked sense of humor. Cancer sucks. She reveals what goes on in the UK for treatment and after care. This book is a compilation of blog entries as she learned of and received treatment for her breast cancer. I enjoyed her book, not the fact she has/had cancer but her openness in sharing her experiences.
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