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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Vidas Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982917503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982917503
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Battling cancer is a Herculean task that requires courage, fortitude, and many, many decisions. There are lots of experts in the field, but advice from one who went through it herself is invaluable. I wish this book had existed during my own battle. --- Fran Drescher, Actress, Cancer Survivor, Health Advocate, President of Cancer Schmancer

This is the book I wish I had for every patient diagnosed with cancer. It fills the void between the diagnoses and the journey onward. A great blueprint for how to cope with the journey from choosing safe personal care products to addressing all the changes that your skin and body will go through to managing side effects. - --Dr. Madeline Krauss, M.D.

This is the book I wish I had for every patient diagnosed with cancer. It fills the void between the diagnoses and the journey onward. A great blueprint for how to cope with the journey from choosing safe personal care products to addressing all the changes that your skin and body will go through to managing side effects. --- Dr. Madeline Krauss, M.D.

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The book concludes with seven appendixes offering further helpful resources the reader can refer to.
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Britta Aragon seems like a very caring person and her ideas will bring you comfort and reassurance that things will get better one day.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who is going through this illness or knows of someone who is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
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WHEN CANCER HITS is a book the public has been waiting for. Author Britta Aragon (who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease at age 16 and treated both surgically an radiologically for it may not realize it yet but she has added a textbook for Medical School students that should become part of the reading lists for all those preparing for a life in Medicine. At the same time she has provided one of the best researched manuals as well as one of the most genuinely supportive and imperatively useful books that should be part of the libraries of people who have been diagnosed with cancer, people who are in the process of dealing with the surgical and medical aspects of cancer treatment, and for caregivers and families and friends of cancer patients. In short, this is a book that deserves wide distribution: there are few who do not fall into one of these categories.

What Aragon does in this book is to provide a comfort zone for thinking about, planning ahead, coping, and being proactive in dealing with the rarely discussed accompaniments of having cancer. As she states 'Cancer changes you - how is up to you' and from there she details management of changes in the body - both internal including psychological and external meaning appearance - to facilitate returning to the world in as state that is perhaps not pre-cancerous, but at least appearing, feeling, and functioning in a healthy way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liz on September 8, 2011
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My friend is recently diagnosed with cancer. I don't have cancer. I can provide a shoulder to cry on but I CAN'T HELP HER. This book gives all the advice and need-to-know information someone with cancer needs. The information is thoughtfully written by someone who clearly knows what it's like to go through such a devastating disease. From the first time they are told they have cancer all the way through remission, it's a wonderful guide. Kudos to you Britta Aragon. Thank you from someone who wants to help a friend and now really can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drebbles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2011
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"When Cancer Hits" is a guide for cancer patients about the various changes your body and mind go through after a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. The book covers topics such as how cancer changes you; how your skin becomes fragile and the best products to use; five ways to lighten your toxic load; emotional coping; your face (acne and dryness); makeup; solutions for a body under stress; complementary therapeutic (for example massage and yoga); hair, wigs, and scarves; hand and foot issues; what happens when treatments are over; and tips to lower risk of recurrence. Also included at the back of the book are further books to read; ingredients to avoid in personal care products; ingredients to avoid in food; and where to find safe products.

Full Disclosure: I do not have cancer but far too many people in my family do and I read "When Cancer Hits" so I will know what changes they are going through and how to potentially care for them. Plus, there are a lot of lifestyle tips in the book that are helpful for both those who have cancer and those that don't. Author Britta Aragon is not only a cancer survivor herself but she watched her father battle different types of cancer for several years before he finally lost his battle. She clearly knows what it is like to not only battle cancer herself but to watch someone she loves battle it and the book is full of useful information for not only the person with cancer but his/her loved ones. Aragon not only talks about the effects chemotherapy, radiation, and various medications can do on your body but on your mind. I had no idea how treatments could affect your hands, feet, skin, etc. It is scary to read about harmful chemicals in products we use every day (like deodorant and shampoo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LizHartMcM@aol.com on September 16, 2011
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Two days ago, I celebrated my 5th cancer-free year. This was the book I was dreaming of when I was being treated for cancer and couldn't find much help. I always had skin that could take anything but, boom, the moment I started chemo, my face and other parts of my body became very sensitive and didn't like many of the products that were part of my routine. The docs and nurses had boring, standard and ineffective advice for dealing with many side effects and no advice on coping with dry, flaky, blotchy, rough, irritated skin that even hurt sometimes. :( Cancer is hard enough without feeling miserable and unattractive, too. With a warm, genuine tone and positively delivered tips and encouragement, this is a healing book. 'When Cancer Hits' gives such great, safe advice on soothing your body and your spirit during the rough ride of cancer treatment. This smart book is a blessing. Thank you, Britta!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leah K Ramella on September 15, 2011
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When Cancer Hits was an invaluable source of information and support for me when my mom was going through a bone marrow transplant. From sage advice about safe products to understanding the side effects of many chemotherapy medications, When Cancer Hits was like turning to an old, kind friend for guidance. It was even more poignant and relevant since the author, Britta Aragon, is a cancer survivor herself, and then cared for her father when he was diagnosed with cancer. Not only did the book contain information on what my mom could expect, but it also gave comprehensive advice on how caregivers can help alleviate side effects.
I would recommend this book to anyone experiencing cancer, caring for someone going through cancer treatments and even survivors looking to understand the after-effects of treatments. When Cancer Hits is a well-written and thoughtful go-to guide.
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Britta Aragon, natural beauty expert, author and entrepreneur, discovered her passion for promoting safe self-care through her experience as a caregiver during her father's eight-year battle with cancer. A survivor herself of Hodgkin's Disease at the age of 16, she sought solutions for the difficult side effects her father suffered on his hair, skin and nails, but was disheartened by the lack of straightforward information or effective products. Even when she tried products specifically touted for "sensitive skin," they were often laden with potentially harmful chemicals that actually irritated her father's fragile skin. For the first time, she became acutely aware of how devastating the side effects from drugs and medical treatments could be. Inspired and determined to help others, she founded Cinco Vidas in 2008, and dedicated her work to her father's legacy.

A lifestyle brand of products and services, Cinco Vidas provides expert resources and safe solutions to those experiencing side effects from chemotherapy, radiation or medication, or who experience skin conditions like eczema, sensitivity and chronic dryness. With the goal of fostering prevention and encouraging change, Cinco Vidas also works to increase awareness of potential carcinogens in food, personal care products, and the environment.

As a result of years spent working as a makeup artist and skincare expert, Britta lectures on Safe Self-Care for Compromised Skin in the New York area. Her blog, Cinco Vidas, is a popular resource and community support center for those dealing with medical treatment side effects and difficult skin conditions. She is also the author of WHEN CANCER HITS, a hand-holding guide for the newly diagnosed, and the creator of CV Skin Labs, a safe, non-toxic range of products to soothe and repair damaged skin without harmful chemicals. Visit her website at www.cincovidas.com.

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