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You Are Not Alone: Life After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis Hardcover – August 3, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; 1ST edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145203821X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452038216
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,902,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In 2006, at age 41, Andrea learned she had breast cancer.  She joined approximately 2.5 million women in the United States who are breast cancer survivors.  During her extensive research, the treatment choices offered for early stage breast cancer shocked her.  Having her breasts removed as one of the treatment options surprised her the most.

Andrea's skills as an attorney guided her through four years of researching breast cancer and writing this book.  She writes from a layperson and survivor's viewpoint rather than from a medical perspective.  Andrea lives in San Diego with her two children.  She has used her breast cancer experience to transform her personal health and is now in the best physical shape of her life.

Her consultant, Dr. Barry Handler, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of experience in breast reconstruction.  --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The information provided in this book is invaluable.
Catherine L. Johnson
Pick up this book, it will get you on the right track and it is something to hold on to during a very hard time... You are NOT alone!
lauren
I highly recommend reading this book from cover to cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Two months ago I was diagnosed with DCIS after a routine annual mammogram followed by a biopsy for suspicious calcium clusters. Learning that I had breast cancer was like being dropped into a foreign country where I didn't speak the language. I scoured websites for hours desperate for any information I could find.Although there are many valuable websites, there are also many that either come up short or give false information. I found Andrea Schneider's book , You Are Not Alone , to be the bible for anyone diagnosed with DCIS. It is not only very factual, but it also fills the need the newly diagnosed have for emotional support. It is truly the most helpful tool I found in the search for understanding my disease. In mid November I had a lumpectomy, but it proved to be unsuccessful in capturing all of the cancer. On December 9th I had a mastectomy for my multifocal DCIS. Without the information in this book I'm not sure I would have ever felt comfortable with my decision. Being an informed patient is the best way to live a happy and healthy life once again ! Thank you, Andrea !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Andersen on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you have just been diagnosed with DCIS or know someone, then this is the place to start. I was diagnosed with DCIS the same month Andrea's book was released. You are Not Alone: Life After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis was the first book I bought to try and figure out what was going on, what did this all mean, and what do I do now? The author give a straight forward and easy to read account of information that will be extremely helpful as you face huge decisions and doctor appointments. I truly do not think I would have made as an informed decision about my treatment if I had not first read this book. You will find her research up to date and easy to understand. I have recommended this book to all my women friends, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on August 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a must-have resource for anyone who has found a lump in their breast or is seeking more information about about breast cancer prevention, treatment options, DCIS, 'Stage 0' Cancer, or undergoing a double masectomy.

Short Summary: Across time Andrea had found lumps in her breast before that had turned out to be benign. But,then in her mid-30's having just had her second child she found a lump and was diagnosed with multi-focal DCIS (Stage O Cancer). To help others, she now shares her journey, her extensive research findings and key learnings - from the moment of her discovery to her ultimate recovery.

Here's what makes this a great resource for anyone interested in surviving and thriving before, during and after a breast cancer diagnosis:

- Andrea is the pit bull everyone needs when it comes to researching the causes, treatment options, and medical information you need to make the best choices.
When she's diagnosed, she puts on her best lawyer/analysis hat and decides to treat it like a research project leaving no stone unturned. She investigates the wealth of web information, grills doctors, as well as talks to other women who have had cancer. Where this book shines is that she comes to in-depth, but clear conclusions that highlight key information patients and their loved ones should know that's buried among the plethora of information available. Plus, she fills the book with the specific, credible resources she found along the way that you can access.

Key areas covered thorughly include: Key risk factors of and reducing the risk of breast cancer, screening test options, insurance factors, dealing with medical professionals, treatment options, and the double masectomy procedure and recovery.
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Format: Paperback
I received this book after my DCIS diagnosis and initial treatment but found it very helpful as: #1 A reminder of the importance of being diligent in monitoring your situation (at one year out, I don't think you ever hit a point of feeling you are in the clear). #2 Reminding readers the imperative nature of taking the time to research on your own (from credible sources) so that you always attend your doctor appointments with relevant questions. #3 A guide on receiving follow up from all the doctors involved in your diagnosis and treatment. I have found my follow up from these multiple sources invaluable as each specialist brings their own prospective, but a few times wondered if it was overkill. Andrea's personal quest to receive regular and thorough follow up only solidified the gratitude I have toward the four different doctors that continue my regular follow ups.
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Format: Hardcover
I am touched by Andrea's book on a level I never imagined. I lost both my mother, Debbie, and my mother-in-law,Claire two wonderful women that greatly touched my life to breast cancer. Though both "moms" had very different and distinct types of breast cancer from Andrea Schneider's, I felt so connected and 'not alone' when reading Andrea's story. Andrea's candid tales of her experiences in waiting rooms, waiting for phone calls about her exams, procedures she endured, ways she coped with the disease, feelings and emotions she shared, were so reminiscent of what I experienced as both a caregiver to those with this disease and a witness to the patients I knew suffering with the disease. Andrea's courage and will to live for her family were also so close to my experience of my mom and mother in law's fights against this disease. My mom was diagnosed at 63 and died at 67 years old. My mother-in-law was diagnosed at 59 and died at 63 years old. Each mom led a brave and valiant fight against this terrible disease. Though I naturally wish things turned out different for each "mom" mentioned, I know I cannot change their fates and the only thing I can do is try to stop this terrible disease from harming or killing others. Andrea's story is compelling because she is doing just that...she has thankfully survived and instead of 'kickin' up her heels and resting on some tropical island (which I believe she deserves too!) she is using her time and giving her life to trying to stop this disease! When you read the story, you will be touched that such a young mom was diagnosed and perserved against many tough choices, obstacles and odds. Her story gave me such unbelievable hope. Her strength in facing the disease and the perils it entails are of heroic proportion.Read more ›
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