Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TLC Book Tours: A Breast Cancer Alphabet

I wish that I didn't have any personal connection to breast cancer, but unfortunately I do.  I've lost an aunt to it, have a friend currently battling it, have sisters of friends who are or have battled it and am close to others who have lost their mom to this disease.  The list of people I know that are impacted by this disease seems to grow and grow and in recent years, it seems like I hear of more women being diagnosed with this disease that are close to my age, which scares me as I feel like we are still at that invincible "I won't get cancer" age.

There is a lot to know about this disease, which is where a book like "A Breast Cancer Alphabet" by Madhulika Sikka comes in handy.  This is not a novel and is instead a reference book about breast cancer, written by a woman who has battled this disease herself.

About the book:

From NPR News executive editor comes an indispensable and approachable guide to life during, and after, breast cancer.
The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman.  Madhulika Sikka’s A Breast Cancer Alphabet offers a new way to live with and plan past the hardest diagnosis that most women will ever receive: a personal, practical, and deeply informative look at the road from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.
What Madhulika Sikka didn’t foresee when initially diagnosed, and what this book brings to life so vividly, are the unexpected and minute challenges that make navigating the world of breast cancer all the trickier.  A Breast Cancer Alphabet is an inspired reaction to what started as a personal predicament.
This A-Z guide to living with breast cancer goes where so many fear to tread: sex (S is for Sex – really?), sentimentality (J is for Journey – it’s a clich√© we need to dispense with), hair (H is for Hair – yes, you can make a federal case of it) and work (Q is for Quitting – there’ll be days when you feel like it).  She draws an easy-to-follow, and quite memorable, map of her travels from breast cancer neophyte to seasoned veteran.
As a prominent news executive, Madhulika had access to the most cutting edge data on the disease’s reach and impact.  At the same time, she craved the community of frank talk and personal insight that we rely on in life’s toughest moments.  This wonderfully inventive book navigates the world of science and story, bringing readers into Madhulika’s mind and experience in a way that demystifies breast cancer and offers new hope for those living with it.

I'll be sharing this book with my friend who is receiving chemo treatments and will have a mastectomy early in 2015 once she finishes her treatment.


Becky said...

Wow, what an incredible book - I hate that any woman has been through this but what a great resource for those who have!

Prayers that your friend's cancer is gone gone gone!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Cancer sucks. I currently have two coworkers that have breast cancer. :(

Jeanie said...

I haven't heard of this one but it looks like an excellent one to pursue when I'm working on our public TV project, especially with the NPR tie-in. Thanks for the recommendation.

Carolina John said...

That looks really good! I have an aunt who beat breast cancer last year, a sister in law who beat it earlier this year, and a close friend who had her last chemo treatment last friday. Scary stuff.

Nora said...

Cancer is just the worst. I lost my Great Aunt to Breast Cancer and one of my mom's good friends has had it three times. I hope this book helps others to feel less alone as they recover & navigate the waters of this horrible disease. <3

Amber said...

My paternal grandma had breast cancer several years ago. Such a scary thing. Especially as more and more younger people seem to be getting it. I'm sure your friend will appreciate you sharing that book with her!

Abby said...

It is crazy when one stops and does head count, how many people in their lives have been affected by cancer. And scarier to think about that growing list. Wish we could find an answer to this awful disease.

Sounds like a really interesting read. And probably tough to read at times.

Cherry Blossoms said...

Sounds like a really great resource. Hopefully, one day we will have a cure for this hateful disease.

Anonymous said...

I hope that your friend finds some things in this book to identify with and to bring her a smile or a laugh.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

That is so sad about your friend. Cancer is the worst.