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Suggestions needed for books for Breast Cancer survivor
« on: September 24, 2012, 12:50 AM »
My sister's breast cancer is back, stage 4 plus she has been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer also and my niece, her daughter, would like to get her some books that would help her deal with this.  I guess like the Chicken Soup book says Inspire, support and heal.

I already suggested that book but I don't have experience with this type of book so I am open to recommendations to give her so she can get some for her mother.  I already sent the chicken soup for the soul ebook to her.
 

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Re: Suggestions needed for books for Breast Cancer survivor
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2012, 01:29 AM »
I am so sorry to hear about your sister, my heart goes out to her and all your family.
I had a friend I got a couple of books for and here are some of them. She enjoyed them all
I got her them all in paperback but I do know the last one just came out on Kindle

Ann Kempner Fisher (Editor) - B.O.O.B.S.: A Bunch of Outrageous Breast-Cancer Survivors Tell Their Stories of Courage, Hope and Healing
*Ten courageous women, brought together by The Wellness Community, a program offering free counseling to breast cancer patients and their loved ones, share their personal experiences from shocking diagnosis to surgery and beyond.*

This one I don’t think there is an e-book but I bought her the paperback
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Barbara Delinsky – Uplift
*Barbara Delinsky's 1998 bestseller, COAST ROAD, featured a heroine who was a breast cancer survivor. To this day, it is the book that generates more mail than any of her others. That fact, combined with Barbara's ongoing commitment to breast cancer research, led her to her first book of nonfiction. Not a medical book -- there is no discussion of the pros and cons of a particular treatment or hospital or doctor -- UPLIFT is rather a collection of hundreds of pieces of practical and inspiring tidbits collected from survivors and their on everything from what kind of deodorant to use during radiation treatment to the best kinds of exercise aftloved ones. Think of it as "The Girlfriends' Guide" to breast cancer, with hints on everything from what kind of deodorant to use during radiation treatment to the best kinds of exercise after a mastectomy to how to tell the person you're most afraid to tell that you have cancer.
And as timeless as ever, this newly revised edition of UPLIFT contains the latest and most up-to-the-minute medical information, as well as new stories from inspiring cancer survivors.*

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Deborah A Cohen and Robert M Gelfand MD - Just Get Me Through This!
*You Can Get Through This
Your doctor told you it was breast cancer. So now what?! You'll need plenty of essential advice—the kind that only comes from someone who's been there.

In Just Get Me Through This! Deborah A. Cohen and Robert M. Gelfand, M.D. help you deal with all the ups and downs of the breast cancer experience. From the shock of diagnosis to getting through treatment to getting on with your life, they pack it with plenty of straight talk and practical tips. This newly updated edition also includes advice from two prominent breast cancer surgeons.

Discover:

The latest data on hormonal treatments

How cornstarch can help you breeze through radiation

Why a calendar can help you get through chemotherapy

Information on the latest drugs used as part of chemotherapy

How to ease back into an intimate relationship

Who might be your best ally when you're feeling blue

The surefire way to beat insurance and workplace hassles

What medical professionals say about everything from surgery to soy

Each step of the way, this wise and witty companion will be there with unfailing inspiration and heart-to-heart support. It's also simple to use, with an accessible format—to make even the toughest days a whole lot easier.

A Harvard Business School and Smith College graduate, marketing executive Deborah A. Cohen was, like so many others, going about her life as a young and healthy woman when she was unexpectedly struck with a diagnosis of breast cancer. As a result of her illness, the Wisconsin native became active in several breast cancer advocacy efforts, including “Climb Against the Odds,” a Cancer Coalition’s Leadership Education and Advocacy Development Program, and Peer Review Committees for the American Cancer Society’s research programs. The research and writing of Just Get Me Through This! was a natural next step for Cohen in her commitment to helping others cope with and battle this disease.

Robert M. Gelfand, M.D., is an oncologist with a private practice in New York City. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center and at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he also teaches. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Brooklyn. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Gelfand is married and has three daughters.

Faith A. Menken, M.D., is a surgeon practicing at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. She went to medical school at Cornell University Medical College and did her internship at Mount Sinai Hospital and her residency at the New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center. She lives in New York City.

Eugene J. Nowak, M.D., is a surgeon practicing at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. He went to medical school UMDNJ/New Jersey Medical School and did his internship and residency at the New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center. He lives in New York City.*


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I hope this help I know that when you look at the books on Amazon it always give you a
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
It always gives wonderful ideas for more.

Good luck & God Bless  :-*
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Re: Suggestions needed for books for Breast Cancer survivor
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2012, 09:34 PM »
I am an 12 year survivor of Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  There are so many Breast Cancer books out there and I have read many but can't say that any of them really talked about the Inflammatory Breast Cancer issues.  The one book that I did find inspirational and numerous was  No More Bad Hair Days by Susan Sturges Hyde.  I took it to chemo sessions and read it to the group of women I was having chemo with.  Sometimes we would get laughing so hard that the oncologists would come out to see what all the commotion was about. 

There is a really great Inflammatory Breast Cancer forum for IBC people that I highly recommend over reading a book.  There are Stage 4 women on it that are now NED.  (no evidence of disease or what I like to call it no expiry date.). Expect your sister to possibly have some memory retention issues also known as chemo brain or chemo fog.  I was an avid reader before chemo and had trouble concentrating to read a book during chemo and for quite a while afterwards.  The forum and the support and understanding  from other women going through the same thing helped me a lot. 

I don't need to tell you that IBC is serious but there is always hope.  One oncologist told my sister that I would probably only live 6 months but here I am writing to you.  My heart goes out to all of your family. 
Please excuse any spelling errors.   I have dyslexic fingers!
 

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Re: Suggestions needed for books for Breast Cancer survivor
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2012, 01:13 AM »
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I am an 12 year survivor of Inflammatory Breast Cancer. 

Thank you so much for posting that   I can't tell you what that post means.

My sister was reading the stats on the internet and they said survival was 2 years.  She's been almost hysterical and has been depressed about it.  She really believes she only has those 2 years.   My niece is at her wits end trying to convince her mother otherwise. I'm going to make sure she sees that post. 

She is doing well.  Her markers are down and she is responding very well but now she is sure she is going to die in those two years. 

12 years would make her 80.   That's a good goal. :)
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Re: Suggestions needed for books for Breast Cancer survivor
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2012, 01:16 AM »
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I am so sorry to hear about your sister, my heart goes out to her and all your family.
I had a friend I got a couple of books for and here are some of them. She enjoyed them all
I got her them all in paperback but I do know the last one just came out on Kindle


That's ok.  My sister is as internet and computer/ebook unfriendly as I am able to get around on it.  She thinks if she pushes the wrong button smoke will come out of the computer and the internet will blow up.  Hardcopy is great.   

The list is fantastic.  I've been trying to think of books and had no clue which way to go.
 

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Resources for cancer survivors
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 04:15 PM »
As Shorty mentioned (above), forums (and support groups) can do wonders as it's so comforting to correspond with someone who 'gets it' and understands where your sister is coming from.  Some websites in this area can be found at:
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If you scroll past the "Sponsored" entries (they're just advertisements) and click on the "Found exclusively on..." entries, your sister may find it more beneficial to visit/read/correspond than reading books on the subject.

But if your sister would also like to read books, you might find something worth checking out at:
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I know a lot of people found Fran Drescher's book: "Cancer Shmancer" to be comforting/uplifting/down-right-funny. :)

If your sister doesn't feel like to read, there are always audio-books - (also helpful to listen to if you can't sleep).  I'm sure you know where to look on the web for them (though I think your sister's a smart lady to not trust computers! - chuckles) but one forum worth looking into is:
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This is ...offered to patients at prestigious cancer treatment hospitals...

And dear Philo, please tell your sister that statistics are just general numbers - everyone is a unique individual, especially when it comes to their health.  Countless people are walking around, healthy and happy, even though doctors told them they only had six months to live - doctors have been known to be wrong.  (Ask any nurse, we'll tell you!)  Nobody can predict how long anyone with cancer will survive.  If people think they're going to die within a certain time, they often do.
There's the old story about two patients; one had six months to live and the others cancer was in remission.  The doctor, however, got the two diagnosis' mixed up (see what I mean!) :laugh:  The patient who only had six months to live lived much longer (because she was told she was healthy).  One's mental attitude can make a big difference for a lot of people.

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Re: Suggestions needed for books for Breast Cancer survivor
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2012, 11:15 PM »
I am an ten year survivor of Breast Cancer. 
I paid a great price for it (a breast and a husband disapeared) but I'm fine today.
When I was in the hospital, the only books which entrained me were the recreational ones. I loved the Amelia peabody serie by Elizabeth Peters (and I've learnt a great deal about British and Egyptian history.) The Emerson family is now loke some friends of mine, the witness of a very hard past.
Hope everything turned akay for your family too.
 

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Re: Suggestions needed for books for Breast Cancer survivor
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2012, 10:09 AM »
My sister is doing well.  They are holding off on removing the other breast right now because of how major the hip replacement surgery was.  The meds are doing their job. 
 

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