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The black woman's breast cancer survival guide : understanding and healing in the face of a nationwide crisis

The black woman's breast cancer survival guide : understanding and healing in the face of a nationwide crisis

Holloway, Cheryl D., author
2017

Breast cancer is reaching epidemic levels, especially among black women. This survival guide provides tools that women--black women in particular--can use to identify and combat this all-too-common threat.

* Speaks from the perspective of a black woman who has had breast cancer and is also an academic who researched breast cancer

* Provides current information and practical advice for beating breast cancer

* Explains tests and treatment options

* Includes information on research studies and outcomes for black women with breast cancer

* Explores why black women are more likely than women of any other race or ethnicity to develop aggressive and fast-growing breast tumors during their childbearing years

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Breast cancer smoothies : 100 delicious, research-based recipes for prevention and recovery

Breast cancer smoothies : 100 delicious, research-based recipes for prevention and recovery

Chace, Daniella, author
2016

The statistics are staggering. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women--About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Second only to heart disease by a mere one percent, every ounce of prevention and every window of opportunity for healing is critical. In order to reduce the risk of developing this common disease, you need a targeted plan to protect yourself from common breast toxins and to strengthen your immune defenses.

In her delightful new book, Daniella breaks down the complex topic of oncology nutrition and the specific dietary needs breast cancer creates, into simple recommendations for making delicious smoothies that support healing and a healthy lifestyle.

What makes 100 Breast Cancer Smoothies unique?

An extensive body of research, that provides many of our long-sought answers to the cause of breast cancer, has been translated into simple, healthy smoothie recipes! It's all about Daniella's nutrient-rich, whole-foods recipes created only from ingredients that provide a direct benefit to fighting breast cancer. Concentrated amounts of carotenoids, flavonoids, probiotics, protein and minerals, including bioactive compounds from herbs and citrus oils dramatically reduce the development and spread of breast cancer cells.

Color photos styled by the award-winning photographer Olivia Brent charm the pages with luscious smoothies images. Each recipe includes tips about the food nutrients that effect breast cancer in direct ways, including reducing cancer cell development, growth and spread . With just a few minutes each day, you can dramatically change the course of your life by working to prevent and heal breast cancer through fresh, appealing drinks.

Living well never tasted soooo good!

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The breast health checklist : simple checklists to keep you organized & informed in managing & treating breast cancer

The breast health checklist : simple checklists to keep you organized & informed in managing & treating breast cancer

Stack, Rand J., author.
2018

These smart checklists make it easy to be proactive in managing and organizing your breast health and breast cancer treatment.

Breast cancer afflicts more than 200,000 women per year in the US alone. And anyone with a family history of the disease, or who knows someone who has succumbed to or survived breast cancer, understands the importance of screening and prevention. With indispensable advice from an acclaimed radiologist and expert in breast screening, checklists and essential questions for healthcare providers, and sections for tracking mammograms, test results, doctor and insurance information, and more, The Breast Health Checklist provides women with the tools they need to be proactive about their breast health.

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Breasts : the owner's manual : every woman's guide to reducing cancer risk, making treatment choices, and optimizing outcomes

Breasts : the owner's manual : every woman's guide to reducing cancer risk, making treatment choices, and optimizing outcomes

Funk, Kristi.
2018

Most women don't want to hear about breast cancer unless they have it and need to make some decisions, but these days news about breast cancer--the number one killer of women ages twenty to fifty-nine--is everywhere. Hope for a cure abounds. Celebrities have come forward to share their experiences and raise awareness. Chances are you know someone who has had it.

But did you know that you make choices every day that bring you closer to breast cancer--or move you farther away? That in the majority of cases, cancer isn't up to fate, and there are ways to reduce your risk factors? That many of the things you've heard regarding the causes of breast cancer are flat-out false?

There have been few solid guidelines on how to improve your breast health, lower your risk of getting cancer, optimize your outcomes if you're faced with a diagnosis, and make informed medical choices after treatment. Until now.

"Dr. Funk writes Breasts: The Owner's Manual just like she talks: with conviction, passion, and a laser focus on you."

--DR. MEHMET OZ, Host of The Dr. Oz Show

"Breasts: The Owner's Manual will become an indispensable and valued guide for women looking to optimize health and minimize breast illness."

--DEBU TRIPATHY, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Breast Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

"Breasts: The Owner's Manual not only provides a clear path to breast health, but a road that leads straight to your healthiest self. As someone who has faced breast cancer, I suggest you follow it."

--ROBIN ROBERTS, Coanchor, Good Morning America

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Cards for Brianna : a mom's messages of living, laughing, and loving as time is running out

Cards for Brianna : a mom's messages of living, laughing, and loving as time is running out

McManamy, Heather, author
2016

Though the end of your life may be near, it doesn't mean you have to stop living

After being diagnosed in her early thirties with terminal breast cancer, Heather McManamy felt like her life was crumbling. Her "normal" vanished--and was replaced with multiple surgeries and dozens of chemo treatments that could briefly extend her life, but would not prevent her inevitable death. With an effervescent spirit and a new perspective, Heather started to live each day as if it were her last. She learned to soak in the moment, appreciate the beauty around her, and celebrate her blessings. She also pondered her daughter's future journey without her mother--and gracefully prepared for it.

Heather began to write greeting cards to Brianna. Cards for her first day of school, her sixteenth birthday, her wedding day. Cards for when things were going right and when they were going wrong. Cards for when Brianna would need her mother--whether in five years or in fifty years-and Heather wouldn't be able to be there for her. Cards for Brianna is the story of one mother's powerful love for her young daughter and Heather's unmatched experiences, laced with laughter and charm, are a reminder to never take a single day for granted.

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Dangerous boobies : breaking up with my time-bomb breasts

Dangerous boobies : breaking up with my time-bomb breasts

Brodnick, Caitlin, author.
2017


After watching too many family members die of cancer, at age 28, public speaker and comedian Caitlin Brodnick was tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation and tested positive, indicating an 87% chance she'd likely be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. She had a preventative double mastectomy, thereby becoming an everywoman's Angelina Jolie.
Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts goes in depth into her experience from testing to surgery and on to recovery. With a warm, funny, and approachable voice, Caitlin tells readers the full story, even sharing what it was like to go from a size 32G bra--giant, for a woman who is barely over five feet tall!--to a 32C. Engaging and open, she admits to having hated her breasts long before her surgery, and enjoying the process of "designing" her new breasts, from the shape of the breasts to the size and color of the nipples.
While Caitlin's primary narrative explores the BRCA gene and breast cancer, her story is also one about body acceptance and what it takes to be confident with and in charge of one's body. Her speaking engagements and comedy routines have shown that the wider topic of breasts, breast size, and personal identity is resonating with younger readers.

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Estrogen matters : why taking hormones in menopause can improve women's well-being and lengthen their lives -- without raising the risk of breast cancer

Estrogen matters : why taking hormones in menopause can improve women's well-being and lengthen their lives -- without raising the risk of breast cancer

Bluming, Avrum, author
2018

A compelling defense of hormone replacement therapy, exposing the faulty science behind its fall from prominence and empowering women to make informed decisions about their health.

For years, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was hailed as a miracle. Study after study showed that HRT, if initiated at the onset of menopause, could ease symptoms ranging from hot flashes to memory loss; reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and some cancers; and even extend a woman's overall life expectancy. But when a large study by the Women's Health Initiative announced results showing an uptick in breast cancer among women taking HRT, the winds shifted abruptly, and HRT, officially deemed a carcinogen, was abandoned.

Now, sixteen years after HRT was left for dead, Dr. Bluming, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Tavris, a social psychologist, track its strange history and present a compelling case for its resurrection. They investigate what led the public -- and much of the medical establishment -- to accept the Women's Health Initiative's often exaggerated claims, while also providing a fuller picture of the science that supports HRT.

A sobering and revelatory read, Estrogen Matters sets the record straight on this beneficial treatment and provides an empowering path to wellness for women everywhere.

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Flat : reclaiming my body from breast cancer

Flat : reclaiming my body from breast cancer

Guthrie, Catherine, author.
2018

"A darn good read ." --Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and New York Times bestselling author

A feminist breast cancer memoir of medical trauma, love, and how she found the strength to listen to her body.

As a young, queer woman, Catherine Guthrie had worked hard to feel at home in her body. However, after years writing about women's health and breast cancer, Guthrie is thrust into the role of the patient after a devastating diagnosis at age thirty-eight. At least , she thinks, I know what I'm up against .

She was wrong. In one horrifying moment after another, everything that could go wrong does--the surgeon gives her a double mastectomy but misses the cancerous lump, one of the most effective drug treatments fails, and a doctor's error may have unleashed millions of breast cancer cells into her body.

Flat is Guthrie's story of how two bouts of breast cancer shook her faith in her body, her relationship, and medicine. Along the way, she challenges the view that breasts are essential to femininity and paramount to a woman's happiness. Ultimately, she traces an intimate portrayal of how cancer reshapes her relationship with Mary, her partner, revealing--in the midst of crisis--a love story.

Filled with candor, vulnerability, and resilience, Guthrie upends the "pink ribbon" narrative and offers a unique perspective on womanhood, what it means to be "whole," and the importance of women advocating for their desires. Flat is a story about how she found the strength to forge an unconventional path--one of listening to her body--that she'd been on all along.

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Holding on to normal : how I survived cancer and made it to the other side, happier, healthier and stronger

Holding on to normal : how I survived cancer and made it to the other side, happier, healthier and stronger

Somerville, Alana, author
2018

A compelling memoir about trying to live meaningfully with illness and triumph beyond it, by breast cancer survivor Alana Somerville, a teacher and mother of two young children.

I looked at all the sick people around me. Was I going to be like them? Was that already me? Did I suddenly have a time stamp on my life? Would I make it out of this alive?

Alana Somerville--wife, teacher and mother of two small children--was thirty-three years old when she was diagnosed with stage-two, triple-negative breast cancer. The diagnosis changed her world and the relationships she had with everyone around her. Suddenly she was faced with endless medical appointments, multiple surgeries and procedures, the challenges of chemotherapy, and all the decisions involved in her treatment. She also had to deal with the trauma of realizing that her support network--sometimes even her closest friends--could struggle with how to help or even how to react to her anymore.

Throughout the course of her illness, Alana learned to maneuver through the medical system, to advocate for herself, and to build a truly supportive network. She also discovered how to keep her positive spirit intact while undergoing a double mastectomy and ongoing treatment. She is now living cancer-free--a survivor and an advocate.

Alana's story is not unique. It's a story that will resonate with anyone who has suffered illness and found themselves navigating a whole new world upon diagnosis. This is an "everywoman's" journey through the experience of cancer, tracing the emotional, physical and psychological steps that are common to all. In the end, this memoir will offer hope that one can live a healthy, fulfilling and happy life beyond diagnosis. Holding on to Normal is for anyone who is suffering--or knows someone who is suffering from--a setback in life, and who is looking for inspiration on how to navigate their own journey.

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Hug everyone you know : a year of community, courage, and cancer

Hug everyone you know : a year of community, courage, and cancer

Martin, Antoinette Truglio, author
2017

Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman--that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer suddenly seemed to be all around her. In the months following her diagnosis, a colleague succumbed to cancer, and five of her friends were also diagnosed.Though tempted, Martin knew she could not hide in bed for ten months. She had a devoted husband, daughters, and a tribe of friends and relations. Along with work responsibilities, there were graduations, anniversaries, and roller derby bouts to attend, not to mention a house to sell and a summer of beach-bumming to enjoy. In order to harness support without scaring herself or anyone else, she journaled her experiences and began to e-mail the people who loved her--the people she called My Everyone. She kept them informed and reminded all to 'hug everyone you know' at every opportunity. Reading the responses became her calming strategy. Ultimately, with the help of her community, Martin found the courage within herself to face cancer with perseverance and humor.

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Pretty sick : the beauty guide for women with cancer

Pretty sick : the beauty guide for women with cancer

Kiernan, Caitlin M., author
2017

The ultimate resource to looking your best during and after cancer treatment from a veteran beauty industry insider

When beauty editor Caitlin Kiernan received the shattering diagnosis of cancer, she was obviously concerned about her health. But as a working professional, she knew she had to learn, quickly, how to look her best while feeling her worst. Caitlin called on her list of extensive contacts--from top medical doctors to hair stylists, makeup artists, and style mavens--to gather the best and most useful tips to offset the unpleasant effects of treatment. The result is this comprehensive beauty guide for women with cancer, covering every cosmetic issue, from skin care, to hair care, wig shopping, nail maintenance, makeup tricks, and much, much more. Illustrated with charming drawings by Jamie Lee Reardin and peppered with advice from celebrities and cancer survivors, PRETTY SICK will be a welcome and trusted resource, helping women look and feel their best.

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Stronger than before : take charge of your healing to survive and thrive with breast cancer

Stronger than before : take charge of your healing to survive and thrive with breast cancer

Porter, Alison, author.
2018

Welcome to your breast cancer self-care bible.

Stronger Than Before is the book Alison Porter went looking for when she first learned she had breast cancer. It's a practical handbook to guide you - and your friends and family - through every stage of the illness, from early diagnosis to treatment choices, and ultimately to a life beyond cancer.

In this book, you'll discover:
· the different types of breast cancer, what to ask your doctor and how to make the choices that are right for you
· self-help techniques on every level - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - to support you through treatment and recovery
· how to view your illness as a catalyst for post-traumatic growth, and move on with your life with greater meaning and purpose
· your options for reconstruction and how to maintain a cancer-preventative lifestyle
· advice for friends and family, so they can be truly helpful in how they offer you support

Written by a breast cancer survivor and thriver, Stronger Than Before contains invaluable information, guidance and tips, as well as tools and techniques to help you emerge from this life-changing experience healthier, more purposeful and stronger than before.

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Twisting fate : my journey with BRCA--from breast cancer doctor to patient and back

Twisting fate : my journey with BRCA--from breast cancer doctor to patient and back

Munster, Pamela N., author.
2018

From a woman who's made her living researching breast cancer--and who lived through it herself--a personal yet practical guide to the medical and emotional facets of this life-changing diagnosis

A leading oncologist at the University of California San Francisco, Dr. Pamela Munster has advised thousands of women on how to cope with the realities of breast cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. But her world turned upside down when, at forty-eight years old and in otherwise perfect health, she got a call saying that her own mammogram showed "irregularities." That single word thrust her into a wholly new role--as patient, and not only that of cancer but of the feared BRCA gene mutation as well. Suddenly, she realized that being a true "expert" in a disease was far beyond the scope of her medical training, and that she had a lot to learn if she wanted to hold onto her precious life.

Weaving together her personal story with groundbreaking research on BRCA--responsible for breast cancer and many other inherited cancers affecting both women and men-- Twisting Fate is an inspiring guide to living with the uncertainties of cancer. With authority, insight, and compassion, Dr. Munster uses her voice to create a safe space for genuine healing and honesty in a world otherwise too-often dominated by fear--and she is living proof of how important it is to embrace all the twists and turns of fate.

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