By Ruth Peltason

''I am now not my breast, and i'm now not melanoma; they're basically items of who i'm. what's my middle like, am I type, robust, loving, compassionate. . . . these are the issues that count.''

it's not that i am My Breast melanoma gathers the nice and cozy, loving, frank, and educated voices of greater than 800 women—from each country within the state and from continents as distant as Australia and Africa—who show their fears, exchange suggestion, proportion reports, and convey their private, such a lot intimate matters. not anything sooner than this groundbreaking ebook has captured the true event of breast melanoma. it truly is crucial interpreting for any lady with this prognosis.

it's not that i am My Breast melanoma bargains ladies the companionship of alternative ladies facing this affliction. Ruth Peltason, who has two times gone through remedy for breast melanoma, has woven their tales jointly whereas conserving the authenticity in their voices. those are usual girls facing this melanoma and its many ramifications. they vary in age from their early twenties to their past due seventies. they're the collective face of breast melanoma at the present time. Their reviews are relocating, occasionally humorous, continually sincere. They communicate out on each subject, from lovemaking and intimacy to wasting their hair, from juggling the daily realities of being a sufferer, mom, spouse, and coworker to the overpowering concerns approximately their very own mortality. Remarkably, they emerge with grace and optimism and a decision to not be outlined via ailment.

Taking the reader chronologically in the course of the phases of analysis, therapy, restoration, and self-discovery, it's not that i am My Breast melanoma bargains girls a deeper figuring out of themselves and dwelling with melanoma. As Peltason writes in her advent, ''My maximum want for this ebook is that it supply convenience to any girl dwelling with breast melanoma and to those that care approximately her. If this booklet is stored at the bedside desk, then i'm hoping its desire is short and its influence lasting. it's not that i am My Breast melanoma speaks of braveness, heroism in deeds small and massive, and marvelous religion and fortitude.''

''You can dwell and not using a breast. you can't say an identical for the human heart.''

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Jean Being bald has helped people come up to me and talk. ” I cannot believe the people who needed someone to talk to, so I consider this to be a reason for having cancer twice. I am an experienced listener and advice resource. I have met so many wonderful people that I never would have even noticed or they would have never noticed me had I not been bald. memphisgirl HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW My hair was longer than shoulder length when I started chemo. I was optimistic for a few weeks since no loss was apparent, but I brushed my hair out of my face one day, and that was it—it all came out.

Any other emotions of fear or pain I kept to myself most of the time. The hardest was telling my best friend of 29 years. She has had breast cancer, in remission 12 years, but she has lost most of her family because of it. She took it hard, and now with my recurrence she has taken it even harder. She tries to hide how she feels, but I know. I know. SacredHeart THE BENEFITS OF BEING OPEN One of the unexpected “joys” of being upfront about a diagnosis is that sometimes you meet other women who’ve experienced the same thing.

It was very visceral, standing in the shower with clumps of hair in my hand. Once I was bald, I really enjoyed it. I just loved rubbing my head while I read. It was so calming, it felt sensuous (in a non-sexual way). ” For Halloween, I dressed up as Uncle Fester from the Addams Family, light bulb and all. KeyWoman My hair was down to the middle of my back, curly and full. My best feature!!!! As I knew that it would fall out, I cut it short after the surgery and when it started to fall out, 2 weeks after the 1st treatment, I went to the hairdresser who has been doing my hair for nearly 15 years.

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