The day after she was diagnosed with cancer, Christine found herself blinking back tears while shopping, thinking: Now, what does a breast cancer patient need? All she could come up with was waterproof mascara. She put some in her basket and thought, someone should write an alternative guide to breast cancer: Step one – Buy waterproof mascara. You’re going to need it.
Written entirely while Christine was undergoing cancer treatment herself, the book is an honest and frank account of the emotional and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis. It is at turns funny, sad, angry, and ultimately optimistic. Written without sentimentality, B is for Breast Cancer offers bite size chunks of help and hope – a daily pep talk to anyone affected by the disease.
Stay sane. Read this book. It helps to know you are not alone.
As a surgeon and Chairman of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, I see women every day who are living with the impact of breast cancer.B is for Breast Cancer is a refreshing look at breast cancer from the woman’s perspective. It is insightful, warm, moving and, in places, very funny. Other women will find this helpful and those of us who work in cancer services, or aspire to do so, should take a little time, put away the text book and try to walk in the shoes of the most important person of all – those living with the disease. It will help us all do what we do just a little better — Professor Roy Spence, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
We know at Maggie’s that when you are first diagnosed with cancer it can be a confusing and overwhelming time. There is so much information to take in, on everything from differing types of treatment and benefits to what’s best to eat. That’s why B is for Breast Cancer is such an important book. It breaks down all the questions you may have into clear and concise answers that are easy to read and not in the least bit intimidating. We will certainly make sure there are copies of the book in all our centres — Laura Lee, Chief Executive, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres
This is an alternative and informative guide to negotiating some of the challenges of being faced with breast cancer: an honest, humorous and ultimately hopeful insight into diagnosis, treatment and recovery — Dr Ruth Barr, Belfast