- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 32 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 25, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IAS23WW
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A Breast Cancer Alphabet Audiobook – Unabridged
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Of course, each person's experience will be different, the medical facts and medical providers and the medical facts will change over time. During the 34 years of my first journey, we got to know six leading cancer institutions all too well, were under the care of four different neurologists, three different surgeons, seven different diagnosticians, and underwent a number of procedures. No single book could possibly cover all of that material.
So, the as a first step for men -- and I am writing this review solely from a man's perspective -- this is a very good starting point, at least it was for me. Other sources of information that I found helpful in understanding both cancers included the websites of the American Cancer Society, Susan B Komen and Memorial Sloan Kettering (extremely useful even if your partner's treating institution is not Memorial). Links in the first Comment.
[I've asked several women with this terrible problem; they all agree that this book doesn't really address their experiences. But, from experience, when I got hepatitis, I had no knowledge about what my liver really did. Believe me, I learned; as someone once wrote, "The knowledge that you will be hanged in the morning, focuses your mind wonderfully."
But, let me repeat: for this man, the book had great value in giving me a starting point. Whether you are a man or a woman, this is a great starting point: for a man to start, for a woman to help your man get started. Believe me, it will help men get stated in a totally new area.]
For anyone dealing with this dreadful problem, my heart goes out to both patient and caregiver.
Robert C. Ross
While I liked Ms Sikka's book structure -- little vignettes that illuminate some aspect of being diagnosed and treated -- I felt that she treated the entire subject in a determinedly breezy manner. It was as if she couldn't bear to acknowledge some of the real depths of despair that we sometimes experience. She would allude to it, but it was almost as if she was reluctant to shine a light into some of those darker moments. In the chapter "W is for Warrior", she writes that she had been been conscripted as a "reluctant warrior" into the war on cancer, and ends her two-page entry about this war by saying "Can I not be a woman warrior? Please?" It would have been so much better if she had extended her essay from that point -- that we don't have to accept the "war on cancer" metaphor. Do we need to think of ourselves in terms of waging war with disease, or is there another way to look at life with cancer?
In the end, I think this book is more useful as a primer for someone who has a friend whose just been diagnosed with breast cancer and wants a very quick read about some of the things that friend might expect. But then make sure you look at the American Cancer Society's website and the Susan B Koman website. Those are the places where you will get a lot more direct, detailed information about what your friend will be going through, and the decisions she is going to have to make. And if you are indeed that friend, make sure that you reach out to your newly diagnosed friend and let her know that you will be there to walk with her on the journey.
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