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Dying in Public: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer [Kindle Edition]

Sue Hendler , Christine Overall

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Book Description

As a university professor, an environmentalist, and a world-traveller, Sue Hendler was thriving. Then she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She had to give up her job, make hard decisions about medical treatment, and drastically shorten her vision of the future. As her cancer spread, she ironically acquired a new identity as a cancer “survivor.” Compelled to find meaning in her “new normal” of life with a fatal disease, she decided to write for a wider audience.

In Dying in Public: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, Hendler talks about her experiences of undergoing surgery, taking steroids, receiving chemotherapy, and enrolling in a clinical drug trial. As her condition worsens she remains committed to living fully. She struggles with writing a bucket list, discusses her “legacy,” and talks about her feelings of anger and the importance of love. She also describes how she lived, towards the end, with the support of the members of her “Care Team,” a group of over thirty friends, family, and health care workers who enabled her to remain at home until the day before her death.

This honest, witty, and unsentimental depiction of “dying in public” is a profound tribute to a life well lived.

About the Authors:

Sue Hendler was a writer and a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University, Kingston. Christine Overall is a writer and a Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University, Kingston.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Grass House (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095776D8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book. 20 Sept. 2012
By Kathy Silver - Published on
Sue shares her "roller coaster ride" with unflinching honesty and hard-won courage. She rejects the labels "patient" (too passive) and "survivor" (problematic). Instead, she sees herself as a traveler on a unique learning journey that includes coping with medical delays and misdiagnoses. "My main lesson was in finding a balance between living as if I had all the time in the world and living as if I had almost no time at all."

Sue and her editor Christine Overall inspire us with a summary of the care team they put together that enabled Sue to remain in her own home until the very end of her journey. This is strikingly similar to June Callwood's Twelve Weeks in Spring: The Inspiring Story of Margaret and Her Team.

An engrossing and brave memoir.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am living with it 10 Feb. 2013
By Debbie Ramcharan - Published on
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I just wanted to read another perspective on living with Breast Cancer. I am also a stage 4 fighting and her story touched me on many ways. I understand what she went through. What a great read. I enjoyed it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What all the cancer research doesn't say about dying with cancer 27 Nov. 2012
By Heyjude - Published on
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Not just another account of the horrors of cancer and how we were blessed by others or how others were blessed by our courage in some way. But a look into the truth of the journey, how it not only affects us physically but how it changes the core of who we are, our beliefs, our opinions, and our personal values at every level.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cancer Insight 29 Sept. 2012
By Nancy Chapple - Published on
I have encountered the roller coaster of fighting cancer that Sue Hendler describes in her book but from a spouse's point of view. So it was with keen interest that I learned of the battle from the patient's side of the struggle. I recognize many similar experiences, but also came face to face with some hard truths that I wish I had known when my husband was in the grips of that disease. Sue's book has a clear and resounding ring of truth and honesty. The format of column length segments made reading the book very comfortable as there were many places to stop and reflect. With a topic as difficult and personal as impending death, I never felt overwhelmed, but continually found Sue's writing informative and frank.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recomment! 17 Nov. 2013
By Dianne - Published on
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone, going through stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. I have just finished reading it, and was able to relate to so much of what went on in this lady's life. I found it very helpful, for myself, who has just been DX with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. RIP Sue.
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