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Courage, Brave Amazon: One Woman's Spiritual Journey Through Breast Cancer Paperback – Sep 2002


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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Lucas Books (Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903797179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903797174
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,378,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...A sense of humour constantly bubbles to the surface, even when the agonies are doing their worst." -- Lynn News, Kings Lynn 15 October 2002

"Sales of a book telling of her fight against breast cancer are going well, with more than 40 sold on its first day," -- The Dereham And Fakenham Times, October 3 2002

"‘Courage, Brave Amazon’ will act as an inspiration to other women with breast cancer, their partners, family and friends, and help them see that there is life after breast cancer." -- The Eastern Daily Press, September 30 2002

The publication of an important book, written by Christine Rayner to help sufferers of breast cancer and their families, has created much interest and demand." -- The Fakenham And District Sun, October 2002

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'Courage, Brave Amazon' (ISBN: 1903797179) has been reviewed by Cancer Research UK and is now on their website (CancerHelp.UK) as recommended reading for breast cancer sufferers. Consultants, GP and nursing staff have acquired copies for use as a resource for women who find it difficult to cope with their diagnoses.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
The author, at the age of 48, was suddenly diagnosed with malignant breast cancer. Thereafter she went through the whole procedure of confirming tests, biopsies, a full mastectomy, then chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy, and finally started the 5-year obstacle course of the drug Tamoxifen.
The first time cold reality strikes is when a consultant says to you, "Unless we operate you will surely die quite soon." Any one who has been in a similar position will recognise the emotional turmoil Chrissie describes as you prepare yourself and your loved ones for what might happen; the neck aching tension of not mentioning the tests, when you're waiting for the results, not least to sons, daughters, parents. Perhaps, you kid yourself, they may, just may, be negative. What makes me different from everyone else? Then comes the sheer horror of knowing you've reached the moment of truth. Perhaps the final one. No room for cowardly white, placatory lies here, because you could be caught out. There's no putting a band-aid on this one, of easing their pain.
Every woman reacts differently in this situation but almost all detest pity and negative responses. You feel like saying, yes I have to deal with this but you'll make it easier if you're not whinging all over my psyche. If my time's short, I don't need you to waste it like this.
Because what's ahead is probably the most difficult period you'll ever experience which is succinctly described. The easy part is getting used to the idea you have a growth created by your own flesh which wants to 'eat' you to death. This kind of affection you can do without.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By julie southwell, c/o christine rayner on 6 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
From Julie Southwell, retired university lecturer in Health Issues and Nursing Care:
This is a moving story of a couple's journey through breast cancer.
It clearly demonstrates the physical, psychological, philosophical and spiritual aspects in an easily readable and understandable way.
The book discusses Christine and Pete's relationships with all levels of medical, nursing and other members of the caring profession. It identifies the positive and negative aspects of diagnosis and all aspects of treatment, clearly demonstrating both their fears and their positive attitudes to Christine's care.
Their relationship with their daughter Lucy, her partner, and the couple's many friends is explored in a positive manner.
This book would be suitable both for people embarking upon this journey, their partners, nursing staff of all levels who care for those with breast cancer (both women and men), medical staff and those working as support staff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "mummymingo" on 17 Oct. 2002
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How can I sum up my feelings about Christine's book? ...
Well, first of all, once I started reading it I found I couldn't put it down. It is clearly written by someone with such a deep wealth of feeling. Something that cannot be bought, or boxed up (otherwise we would all want a box of it!). The book is not only about her illness, but also the way she looks at life - with such an open heart and enjoying all of life's little pleasures that most people seem to take for granted. The support and love she received, and still receives, from Peter cannot be expressed enough. He is a wonderful husband who has been with Christine throughout. The book clearly expresses the need for someone like Peter to support the patient. Christine was determined she would be able to cope with this challenge and the book will, I am sure, help many others who might have to go through this.
The book is an inspiration.
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By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
Re: Courage Brave Amazon
Some little time ago it was brought to my attention that Christine Rayner was to do a signing of her book Courage, Brave Amazon at Larners in my home town of Holt, Norfolk. Firstly, I would like to say what an absolutely delightful, very special person I encountered waiting to sign the book. We had a very open, albeit brief, discussion about our individual journeys through breast cancer, and I disappeared off home with my purchase. Somehow I knew instinctively that this book was one I should read without delay. So, that afternoon, I settled my youngest child to watch a film and I started to hungrily read Christine's book. From the start it evoked so many emotions - I did not realise then just how many tissues I would get through! Christine's words were easy to read but written with such depth of feeling that soon I found myself going through her experiences with her, wishing everything to turn out well for her and her lovely family. Her strength shines through right from the start and she also has the strength to write about the very difficult low times both for her and those around her. The humour that also shines through is just so enriching - I do not know of many people who could laugh as Christine did so soon after such an operation. Even before Christine had received the post-operative results she was talking about helping others and finding a purpose to her diagnosis. She writes with such insight into other people's emotions. Christine and her book are an inspiration for anyone who has come into contact with cancer and should be available as part of the recovery programme! For people just diagnosed, Christine's ability to describe her emotions make other people feel that their emotions, fears etc are normal - something that is so important. Christine has the ability to bring emotions into the open so the reader can relate to them and be comforted by her supportive words.
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