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My Mother's Breast: Daughters Face Their Mothers' Cancer Paperback – April 1, 1999
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Many of the mother-daughter stories are love stories, but some are not. Felicia's mother told her, "One reason I have breast cancer is because you kicked my breasts when you were little." Kathie's mother hid from her the fact that she was dying, so Kathie was never able to say goodbye. Some of the daughters who are their mother's support system can't find support themselves, like Jill: "My mother had breast cancer, my father was a wreck, my brother [was] an alcoholic, and my grandmother was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My boyfriend was giving me problems on top of that." Not all the daughters are models of virtue and emotional stability, either: 17-year-old Stacy was a self-destructive rebel even through her mother's chemotherapy; 13-year-old Julie became bulimic.
Both the mothers and the daughters run the gamut of personalities and emotions. If you have a mother with breast cancer, you'll understand that you're not alone with your fears and concerns, and these real-life examples will enhance your understanding of your experience. --Joan Price
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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In this ground-breaking book, Laurie Tarkan introduces the reader to several women (myself included) who have faced their mother's cancer at different stages in their lives and in different ways as well as to psychologists who specialize in treating the daughters of breast cancer patients. In this way, Ms. Tarkan presents the range of emotions that daughters feel during their mother's battles with cancer and, most importantly, cuts throught the veil of isolation and silence that so often surrounds these daughters.
I highly recommend this book to any woman whose mother has (or has had) breast cancer. I only wish that a book like this had been available during my mother's struggle with this disease. (After fighting for 2.5 years, she died on April 10, 1999.)
My thanks and appreciation to the author for placing these stories into a book.
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I bought this when I found out my mother had breast cancer. I loved it so much that I bought a second book for my sister. Thank you!Published 20 months ago by Nae
Since my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer I have been reading all I can. However all the info given is mainly for the patient and husband. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Brenda Garcia
I seriously thought I was selfish for feeling the way I did after my mothers diagnosis but thankfully after reading this book I have come to realize that I am not alone and what im... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Kat