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Straight From The Heart: Letters of Hope and Inspiration from Survivors of Breast Cancer Paperback – August 1, 1997

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Yalof, a medical sociologist (Life and Death: The Story of a Hospital), notes that breast cancer strikes one in nine U.S. women. Drawing on correspondence written to McCall's magazine as well as to national cancer organizations from a cross section of the population under treatment for this affliction, she presents 72 letters that relate the authors' varied experiences. Women and families of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will find these thoughtful, touching and detailed personal descriptions of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery informative and useful in allaying fears about the unknown. Although written in different voices, the writers all share an involvement in their treatment and a strong commitment to surviving the disease. Many of the women caution that mammograms may be unreliable and recommend self-examination. There is advice about diet and the helpfulness of cancer support groups. This supportive collection strongly delivers the message that a diagnosis of cancer is not a death sentence.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575662175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575662176
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,253,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dasha Drab on December 10, 1999
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This is an amazingly wonderful book! Ina Yalof has complied a collection of nearly 100 letters from women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Some are newly diagnosed; others have survived more than 50 years. They're from all walks of life, all ages with one things in common....the will to live. These letters give a glimpse into the hearts of these survivors. These are their personal accounts of the battles they have fought and their struggles to live their lives to the fullest. They all echo the same goes on. For any woman who needs an emotional recharge from the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer, this book will lift your spirits like no other.
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For its time it is great and have given it to breast cancer survivors as I am twice. Also one of my letters are in it so naturally I would like it!!! Breast cancer proceedures have come along way since mine in 1985 and 1997 but many of
us have survived. Ina Yolof did a great job of creating this little book...would love to hear what she is doing now.
Betty Beason
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