I'm Too Young to Have Breast Cancer!: Regain Control of Your Life, Career, Family, Sexuality, and Faith

Beth Leibson-Hawkins, Author
Beth Leibson-Hawkins, Author Lifeline Press (CA) $21.95 (280p) ISBN 978-0-89526-055-0
Reviewed on: 09/20/2004
Release date: 09/01/2004
According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality in women under age 35. And though there are many medical texts available on choosing a doctor, understanding diagnosis and selecting treatments, Leibson-Hawkins's book focuses on ""issues of day-to-day life""--things like how to tell children, friends and coworkers about the disease; how to manage a job while undergoing chemotherapy; how to get back into a physical fitness routine after surgery; and how to breastfeed after cancer. The author, a freelance health writer and editor, addresses these issues and others largely through testimonies from breast cancer survivors. So while there is no general, bullet-point advice for dealing with common problems (e.g., feeling unattractive after losing one's hair to chemo), there are plenty of stories from women (told through Leibson-Hawkins, in the third person) that should comfort women confronting similar experiences.
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