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GETTING IT OFF MY CHEST: How I lost my breast and found myself. Paperback – 7 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (7 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905847890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905847891
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janice Day graduated from Birmingham University in the late 1970s with a degree in English. Finding this no use whatsoever she became a danceband singer by night and temp secretary by day. Original singer with both the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and Keith Nicholl's Cotton Club Orchestra, she has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, Proms in the Park, Pizza on the Park and the Wigmore Hall for Radio Three.

In the '90s she found herself married and assailed by two children, who started small and grew bigger. Forced to leave the stage by the family, she became a breast cancer survivor and locked herself in the garden shed to write books. Getting it off my Chest is her first.

She once won an award for stand-up comedy when the other acts were disqualified. Other performance outlets are the 1930s character act Mrs Pinkerton-Lovely and a one-woman theatrical adaptation of Getting it off my chest. Replacing her husband with an electric blanket, she lives in Epsom with two large children and a cat called Rolo.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. T. J. Kimber on 14 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This memoir is laugh-out-loud funny whilst at the same time a reminder how devastating cancer can be.
Janice Day has written a refreshingly bright and honest account in a style that's a real page turner. I defy anyone to put it down once they've read the first page!
Not only is it an entertaining read, the book carries several messages. For me, they are to find out ALL you can about your illness and challenge if the treatment offered is right for you. It MIGHT WELL BE but find out first. Secondly, if you are lucky enough to get a second bite at life make changes so that you can live it to the full.
Well done to the author for writing a book that should be on everyone's must-have list for this summer. A joy from cover to cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew V on 14 July 2009
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This wouldn't normally be my kind of book - at a first glance it looks like it is either going to be chick-lit or mis-lit. But in fact it's a cancer memoir with a difference - as well as candid and emotional it's warm, charming and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny.

Janice is refreshingly honest throughout - the coverage of her childhood and family life gives a real sense of knowing her as she strives to transform her life. The details of diagnoses and treatment options, presented as correspondence from her actual medical records, are quite fascinating, and the investigation of alternative therapies never veers into New Age dogma.

It's a wonderful read, the icing on the cake being that Janice brings real humour to her situation, however grim.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cranberry on 21 July 2009
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I'm not too sure that you're meant to laugh when you're reading a book about someone's struggle with cancer. To be truthful, though, I did only laugh out loud two or three times... though I smiled on a number of occasions and had to fight back the tears fairly often, too.
Janice Day's book is brilliantly engaging in the bittersweet, witty way she tells her heart-wrenching story. It is, perhaps, one of the stories of our time. First there's her discovery of what she is sure is `just another' benign lump in her breast, then the gradual realisation that this particular lump has a different agenda. We follow her through her decisions about surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Then there's her struggle with the reconstruction of the breast, her personality... oh, and her life.
Ms Day manages to impart useful information while she candidly turns her life into a soap opera for us. While describing things from the perspective of a bemused patient, wondering what the hell is going on, she also explains procedures and complications in a way that makes it quite clear that this intelligent woman does know what she's talking about.
Into the compelling tale of hospitals, family life, despair and hope she weaves another thread-the story of her childhood and faltering, but inevitable, journey into adulthood. Cleverly, she tells us what has led her to the place she is in now.
As a practising acupuncturist, I am frequently amazed by the human spirit and I'm often inspired by people's attitude to their illness and misfortunes. And, still, this story managed to move me greatly. Janice Day, cancer survivor, cabaret star and mother is also a very talented writer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet on 14 July 2009
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I loved this book and so many times I found myself laughing out loud and reading passages to anyone close to me. Such a brave person truly an inspiration to anyone who has breast cancer - I would really recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Max Wiseberg on 3 Aug. 2009
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It won't take long to read but you'll remember it for a long time afterwards. I've never written a review before, but hope that this just might make one or two more male readers pick this book up to read it. It made me laugh, smile, not quite cry (but i am a bloke and we don't, do we - i can hear the storms of protest brewing)and it made me think. Janice tells us how, in her opinion and in her circumstances, she beat cancer. She tells us about her journey through life. She tells us about her journey through surgery and her journey through the changes to her body. And many more journeys beside. And she tells us how each thread influences the others. Best of all, she tells it all with a wit, an honesty and in such a readable way that i couldn't put it down. (Well, only once). Read it - you'll like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. D. Caughlin on 28 July 2009
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Just finished this wonderful book... it accompanied me through a lonely bout of Flu and was a much appreciated companion!
Having not (yet) experienced cancer first hand or through close family or friends i read this book for no other reason than i knew Janice Day to be an extremely intelligent and funny woman and trusted that though a harrowing read it would also be wonderfully entertaining... I'm glad to report i was right on both accounts. Mix this with vividly written accounts of the foibles of childhood through to adolescence and the intense emotions we all feel as young girls turning in to women and you have gripping and inspiring read. Janice's approach to her illness felt very pragmatic and courageous and took away my inexperienced preconception that the BIG C always spelled the end of living and the end of joy.
Witty, sharp, bravely honest and full of spirit - very inspiring indeed :)

THANK YOU
JANICE DAY!

Hannah Caughlin
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