I love writing. And, I love that I have written two books. The challenge with writing books however, is that you just don’t know; did you make a difference or not? Did you say something that mattered or not? At least when I write on social media, like this blog or facebook or something I get instant feedback. Donna…you make NO sense, or Donna…what in the world, or in rare occasions, Donna…we loved what you had to say.
So, I was prowling around the internet looking to see if anyone had written any comments on my newest book when low and behold, I find a wonderful customer review. And, in finding this review, I have met a beautiful person! Ann writes the blog, But Doctor….I Hate Pink, and it is a fabulous blog. Ann is dealing with metastatic breast cancer and is doing so quite radiantly!
Since finding her review, she and I have connected a little by email and I just love her spirit! I have included her blog address so that you too can follow her. http://www.butdoctorihatepink.com/ In the meantime, she gave me a wonderful gift – she wrote a great review of my book. So, not only have I received word that the book matters, but I have met a lovely person in the process.
Enjoy Ann’s review!
Next, a book about managing breast cancer treatment, called Living Like A Lady When You Have Cancer by Donna A. Heckler.
So I confess, the title threw me off a bit. “Living Like a Lady” made me think she’d want me to put white gloves on and pull the teacups out, and after C-diff, there is no hint of lady in me anymore, and all my gloves are medical-grade.
The idea that her writing would be prim and proper was quickly dispelled as I read the book. She talks about all the things you should know about managing cancer treatment that you might not be told by your doctor or nurse. The tone is more like your best girlfriend is giving you realistic advice as you go through the mastectomy/radiation/chemo process than it is a manners lesson. She gives quite fine advice too, not holding back, telling you what to expect at each step along the way. In a conversational style, she tells you how your hair will fall out and not to be surprised about where it happens. She gives advice on creams to use for radiation and chemo, how to handle hospital visits, what chemo complications might exist, how to manage support, etc. And, like me, she urges you to drink your water! There is so much more; I think she covered every topic a newbie to cancer would want to know. It is a very comprehensive book, with pull-out boxes sharing what she wrote in her blog at the time it was happening to her. Because medical timelines are often different for different patients, this is not a book that has to be read in order.
She advises living life “radiantly.” Like Neil, that means appreciating each day for what it’s worth. In writing about post-cancer life, she says she doesn’t believe in finding a “new normal,” that the old normal is possible after treatment. Sure, she understands that that life after cancer will change, as it does for all of us, but says that maybe the changes are what should have been your previous normal, which is an original and refreshing viewpoint.
I really cannot recommend this book enough to the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient. If you know somebody who has just been diagnosed, this will make a great gift, providing numerous tips for managing breast cancer treatment, and rest assured, she definitely discusses unladylike topics!