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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580054447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054447
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This entertaining memoir by a melanoma survivor should appeal to many others with skin cancer. Unfortunately, Fogelson laces far too many sentences with expletives, and not just when she is describing her diagnosis. Even at the end, when she gives her 10-years-after epilogue, she calls her two young daughters “fun-fucking-tastic kids.” Her crude sense of humor can come off as offensive. For example, she says, “I don’t really smell; it’s just that I’d like a chance to shave my armpits before my pit hair is long enough to French braid.” (Far funnier is her reminder to self, “Find a hat that doesn’t make me look like a deck umbrella.”) The book weaves script-style dialogue (fore-attributed to “Me:” and “Dad:”) and conventional narrative. Did she tape record the ostensibly decades-old conversations? Doubtful. Despite these flaws, the book gives important information about melanoma. Fogelson follows an “a-b-c-d” rule to check her moles for asymmetry, irregular border, variation in color, and diameter larger than a pencil eraser’s. And her father also gets diagnosed, illustrating how melanoma can run in families. The happily-ever-after ending (at least so far) for dad and daughter should give hope to others dealing with the disease. --Karen Springen

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This brave, irreverent, and brutally honest account has helped me better understand what my patients go through, and will change how I practice dermatology. -Dr. Jessica Wu, Hollywood dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face

Composed as a screenplay with truncated chapters, very little exposition, and lots of punchy dialog, L.A. blogger Fogelson's memoir mines the panic and fear she felt when diagnosed with skin cancer just as she and her husband were thinking of having children. In her mid-20s, fair-complexioned, and a veteran sun worshiper, Fogelson had to make an about-face when her dermatologist revealed that a malignant melanoma required immediate surgery. She got strong support from family members including her clean-freak mother, laconic father, and TV-producer husband, Adam. And there were numerous, attentive doctors, all of whose quirky personalities are revealed via the book's dialogue. Fogelson renders her terrified, in-the-moment impressions as laugh-out-loud scenes. Trying to be admirably "proactive" as a cancer patient, she grew obsessively controlling about treatment and staying informed, calling her doctor repeatedly to find out test results, questioning whether surgery had removed the right mole, and applying vats of sunscreen. The experience was certainly bracing, but Fogelson's snappy account proves energetic and wonderfully accessible. —Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Hillary Fogelson is a writer, blogger, tweeter, sun protection activist and sunscreen guru. She's also a three-time melanoma survivor and has spent over a decade helping families find simple, practical ways to live sun safe. Hillary lives in the shadows of the Hollywood sign with her husband, two daughters and Alvin the dog.

For sun safe tips and Pale Girl product recommendations visit palegirlspeaks.com.

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To say that a book changes you is a pretty big statement but I can say in 100% honesty, it changed my life.
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Hilary has a great sense of humor, she writes great dialogue and she has an amazing talent to describe situations exactly how they happened.
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Even more... this is a story of how her relationship with her father evolves because of the cancer battles they share.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Delheim on December 4, 2012
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Insightful, funny, and hits the mark I believe for anyone who has been touched by serious illness. A quick read and hard to put down.
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I think it's great that Hillary Fogelson has a chance to tell her story here, but this approach was not for me at all. I don't need to know the intimate details of conversations with doctors, nurses, receptionists, my own experience is enough for me to handle. I was hoping she would simply share how she is managing to survive melanoma and have a life. Her approach does not work for me.
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A funny, page turner of a read. The dialogue is fantastic. Hillary Fogelson does an excellent job of creating a very readable, accesible description of dealing with a health crisis, anxiety, and the realities of skin cancer.
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By AJ Cramer on November 30, 2013
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What great writing - I felt like I was a part of Hillary Fogelson's friend base - like we were just sitting and talking about the dangers of melanoma and life problems and girl talk. Lots of info about melanoma presented in a non-threatening but important way and made into a life story that reads like a novel. Loved it.
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By K. D HEAPS on May 1, 2013
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I recommend this for any woman who needs a good laugh, a lot of "I know exactly how she feels" moments and a poignant story of your world turning upside down. I have recommended this book to several friends. In fact, I should give it as a gift.
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This was hilarious and brutally honest about melanoma diagnosis and how it changes your life. The book was recommended to me when I was diagnosed and I can say after reading it, I have a better outlook and found tips to make things more bearable.
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By Not Drunk on November 19, 2012
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My husband has Stage IV Melanoma. Hillary's story was so true and honest. I could not put the book down! Thank you for writing a book that someone from the outside could read and "get it".
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By Cynthia J Beard on November 16, 2012
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Funny and so true. Anyone should read this but anyone going through melanoma will really understand the story and the humor
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