In our previous blog titled “Did You Know: Breast Cancer Facts,” we reminded those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer how important it is to be knowledgeable about all aspects of breast cancer. Whatever your source may be—the internet, magazines, word-of-mouth, or a good book, it’s imperative to gather all the facts. Whether you’re looking to learn more about surgery, doctors, side effects, or just want a good read to uplift your spirits, the following titles offer a little bit of everything.
- “Seaview Inn” by Sherryl Woods
New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods tells the story of a PR executive, single mother, and breast cancer survivor, Hannah Woods. After losing her mother to breast cancer, Hannah fears of recurrence. Now back in town and standing in front of a bed-and-breakfast she once called home, Hannah is faced with moving her grandmother into an assisted-living community and selling Seaview Inn. To add to the stress, Hannah also finds out that her twenty-something year old daughter is unexpectedly pregnant, in which she wonders how she can do it all.
- “The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book” by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
The medical oncologists and professors of Mayo Clinic Center provide a clear, comprehensive, and innovative guide for breast cancer patients, and offers professional advice to family or friends who are helping a loved one cope through their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. This informative book thoroughly touches on breast cancer fundamentals, screenings, surgical options, stages of breast cancer, potential warning signs, anxiety, fear, side effects, life after cancer, and more. The 24 chapters also include helpful diagrams and testimonials for reference.
- “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy” by Geralyn Lucas
At the age of 27, former 20/20 producer and now director of corporate communications and public affairs at Lifetime Television, Geralyn Lucas never expected she would have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Lucas’ honest, yet witty memoir tells of self-acceptance, courage, physical and emotional transformation, and funny stories about sex, chemotherapy side effects, and much more.
- “Your Partner Has Breast Cancer: 21 Ways to Keep Sane as a Support Person on Your Journey from Victim to Survivor” by Ken Wachsberger
Ken Wachsberger gives readers everyday tips to help husbands, children, or friends maneuver through a loved one’s battle with breast cancer. The book teaches those struggling to cope when and how to participate in doctor’s appointments, showing support, and how to uplift their spirits. Husbands of breast cancer patients specifically can learn a thing or two from Wachsberger, as he shares personal stories from when he and his wife managed during the time of her diagnosis.
- “After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life after Treatment” by Hester Hill Schnipper and foreword by Lowell E. Schnipper
As an experienced oncology social worker and breast cancer survivor, Hester Hill Schnipper’s educational handbook discusses how a breast cancer patient’s life changes and offers a variety of practical issues that women encounter following their journey including: fatigue, hot flashes, intimacy, genetic testing, recurrence, and more. This book encourages breast cancer survivors to find purpose and value in the better days that are ahead of them.
We, at Pink Ribbon Story Foundation, hope to provide you with real information from real women who have already traveled the journey of a breast cancer diagnosis. Connecting with other women who currently or have battled breast cancer is also a great avenue for healing. Here at PRSF, our Breast Cancer ambassadors and their families tell their heartwarming stories during their fight against breast cancer which can help you during this difficult time in your life.