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The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer Hardcover – March 18, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1476763507 ISBN-10: 147676350X Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147676350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476763507
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this inspirational and practical memoir, Jacobs, a registered nurse and social worker as well as a vegan marathoner with no family history of the disease, describes how she stayed positive even after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39. A “‘half-full’ kind of gal,” she shares the silver linings she found during surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. She also shares what she calls “lifelines” (suggestions from her experiences) and talks about “practical matters” (for example, information on medical tests like the digital tomosynthesis 3-D x-ray of the breast). Despite the subject matter, she maintains her can-do spirit and her sense of humor. She includes a glossary (an antiemetic is a drug taken to alleviate nausea and vomiting), helpful websites, and recommended books and shopping sites (headcovers.com, mastectomyshop.com, wigsalong.com). A bonus: beautiful photos taken by her friend Messina, a wedding and celebrity photographer. An uplifting read for breast cancer patients and their friends and family members. --Karen Springen

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“Hollye Jacobs combines inspiration with practical suggestions for women and men working through a breast cancer diagnosis. She gives breast cancer survivors the ability to put things in perspective, with spot-on advice about what to expect.” (Nancy Brinker, Chair, Global Strategy, Susan G. Komen®)

“Hollye probes the varied and granular issues surrounding breast cancer with thoughtfulness and sound advice while leavening the experience with humor. Elizabeth Messina’s collector-quality photographs… aid in capturing the essence of the journey…. [and] result in a remarkable tension: the allure of life simultaneously overlaid with the threat of disease, which is starkly, and beautifully, portrayed.” (James L. Madara, M.D., CEO, American Medical Association, Former Dean and CEO, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Hospital System)

“Like a good friend, this book will be by your side as you travel through the world of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.” (Susan Love, MD, MBA, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book)

"This bold and resourceful woman's powerful account of her breast cancer experience offers important guidance, strong encouragement and real inspiration to any person challenged by this disease." (Marisa Weiss, M.D., President and Founder, Breastcancer.org)

“This book provides true insight into the challenges involved in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. It is a lesson in survival. It is a testament to the courage, grace and dignity of one woman who truly defines the word 'survivor.'” (Otis W. Brawley, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society)

“Hollye Jacobs has provided us with an informative, supportive and uplifting account of her unusually arduous breast cancer treatment. From mouth sores to mood swings she extends us 'life lines,' her practical hints for adaptation. Through the dark clouds and dense fog of cancer treatment she both recalls and discovers beauty and hope and her "silver linings" are pithy expressions of wisdom and truth - maxims that help make the difficult doable.” (Mary Jane Massie, MD, Director, Barbara White Fishman Center for Psychological Counseling, Attending Psychiatrist Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

“This book is a little miracle, both for the body and the soul. If ever there was light in the face of the storm, this book is it. Read it and heal.” (Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author of Quantum Wellness, Veganist, and The Lean)

“It is a rare thing to find a resource that captures both the very real, lived experience of having breast cancer while also serving as an incredibly practical guide to understanding cancer and its treatment. The Silver Lining should be read by every professional who cares for those who face breast cancer as a reminder of the person and family surrounding the tumor. Hollye Jacobs' expertise as a nurse, social worker, and child development specialist is evident, as the book is richly infused with the wisdom of each of those professions. Even more important is that this book is clearly coming from a woman who has been there, heard the words, 'you have cancer,' and found the silver linings known only to a survivor.” (Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN, FPCN, professor, research scientist, and director of Nursing Research, City of Hope National Medical Center)

The Silver Lining reflects the experience of a remarkable woman, undergoing what is sadly an all too common journey. The challenges faced are honestly, yet compassionately shared, often with humor and always with grace. The lifelines and wisdom remind readers that at the end of this expedition there is growth and hope. The breathtaking photos reinforce the beauty that can come from pain. This book is an extraordinary gift for all who have been touched by breast cancer.” (Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN, director, Cancer Pain Program Division, Hematology-Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)

“A two-year ordeal with breast cancer conveyed with frank prose and stunning photography.... Award-winning photographer Messina beautifully captures the essence of Jacobs’ journey, delivering mood and emotion through gorgeous imagery. Throughout it all, Jacobs remained resilient, buoyed by a holistic approach to wellness. This is a wise investment for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer or simply interested in how the process works. Unfailingly optimistic, Jacobs compassionately offers proof positive that even a terrifying, arduous disease like cancer can have a silver lining. A dignified, intensely personal journey of survival.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“With her humorous and approachable style, Jacobs has written an essential title for patients facing a cancer diagnosis. Highly recommended for all consumer health collections.” (Library Journal (starred))

“...pragmatic and empathetic... unabashedly candid.... If you or someone you know has battled breast cancer, this book will serve as a lifeline for navigating this potentially devastating disease.” (Publishers Weekly)

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I always say that if I learned one thing from reading something, it was worth it.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone that may be diagnosed with cancer or supporting a family member or friend with a cancer diagnosis.
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She helps the reader understand the technical medical terms in an easy to understand way.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marie A. on March 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was looking for a book about breast cancer to help me through my sadness. I went thru surgery and chemo. I start radiation next week. So I sort of skipped to the radiation part. I am still at the stage where I don't want to hear about other ppls cancer because I think I have it too. I am a bit of a hypochondriac. I wanted to know how to deal with my feelings. Anger, sadness, fright, and the most overwhelming feeling of 'when is it coming back'. The book was helpful. I wish I had as good an attitude as holleey. I am half empty girl. I took away good things from the book. I always say that if I learned one thing from reading something, it was worth it. I took away several things. So I would recommend to give this book to someone who was just diagnosed. It gives you all you need to know about what to expect on your 'journey'. I wish I read it before I went thru mine. All the best :)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ddjada on March 22, 2014
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My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy recently. She has family and emotional support but she does not have any nearby support. She just had a port put in and will start aggressive chemo followed by radiation. I saw Hollye on one of the TV program and immediately ordered the book for my sister. This is what my sister wrote me " It is amazing. It is exactly what I am going through right on down to the Port-A-Cath. It's a step by step through chemo etc. and some things to alleviate some of the problems that arise. She even talks about EMLA cream to numb the port skin". This is a much needed book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cblyth on April 3, 2014
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My sister pointed out this author on Good Morning America and I was so excited to read her book since we seemed to have so much in common based on her interview. I thought, "Wow, just what I need; a similar story about breast cancer written by a woman around my age." Well, sad to say this is not uplifting in any way. I am currently undergoing a similar chemotherapy regime as the author and when I read this section self-preservation kicked in full gear; I had to stop reading. I'm a believer in psychology playing a major part in side effects; therefore, the book was apt to make my imagination run wild. The author did not finish the chemotherapy, did not finish her hormone therapy and I'm left wondering...why write an inspirational book if you fail to inspire others? Maybe some will find her story "inspirational" and I'm just "weird," but this book definitely wasn't for me and I warn potential readers to read with caution. "Silver linings" exist throughout the book, but the reader has to first endure the absolute torture the author goes through. And, yes, cancer is a form of torture, without a doubt; however, it could have been written from a much more powerful perspective.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Connie Wyss on March 25, 2014
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This book is what has been missing in the breast cancer journey. When I went through this myself, I looked for books to help me understand my feelings and discuss the REAL experience. This book is REAL. I especially appreciated the latter chapters discussing life after treatment. That is where I am now and I truly appreciated the insight. I no longer felt alone in my feelings. A must read for anyone dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BecksAnneV on April 1, 2014
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Hollye's writes of her own cancer diagnosis and treatment in such a way to provide an approachable clinical perspective combined with the personal voice of a patient. Her writing is not bogged down with jargon. It is her real story--complete with humor, frustration and fear. The detail is real and while it leaves little to the imagination it gives you the benefit of knowing what to expect and how to navigate the circumstance. It is as if you are borrowing the notes of Hollye's experience and treatment so that you can have the best possible treatment plan. The book is beautifully laid out. I love the "lifeline" content highlighted throughout the book as well as the "silver lining" pages, "practical matters" pages, glossary, and resource guide. Elizabeth Messina's photography is lovely and a wonderful compliment. I highly recommend this book to anyone that may be diagnosed with cancer or supporting a family member or friend with a cancer diagnosis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cheryl on April 15, 2014
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I would first like to say that unless you are a breast cancer patient, I don't think you can really comment on this book because you have nooooo personal experience with it. I think the book is beautiful (photos) and she is accurate about the stages you go through. However I do agree with the other review in that I almost found her complaining annoying while reading it. Millions of women have gone before her and will continue to be diagnosed. I did not really find it uplifting either, she did do a good job telling you about every miserable step, but I'm not sure that you really need to know this anyway. Sometimes you just have to go through it... Maybe I'm wrong but there are so many women who so less fortunate then her, maybe she can donate the proceeds from this book to the women who really need it. I give it 3 stars for her detailed and informative step by step information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 4, 2014
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I am currently in treatment for breast cancer, and was anxious to have another, nurses, perspective on the disease.
I found some parts of the book to be very helpful, and other parts annoying. Her audience for this book is definitely not children, yet her reaction to pain is: Alarm! Alarm! Alarm! Owie! Owie! Owie!, sounds as such, and got annoying very quickly! Her description of her husband,, HOTY,( husband of the year), was used thruout the entire book. We got it the first time! There is a lot of info here. Just wish the editors would have worked on her little girl writing style.
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