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I'm Still Standing: My Fight Against Hereditary Breast Cancer [Paperback]

Wendy Watson
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Book Description

13 Oct 2011
When Wendy Watson was just 16, her mother died from breast cancer. After researching her family history she discovered a further nine relatives had fallen victim to the disease. Although little was known about the genetic link to breast cancer at the time, Wendy was concerned about her own risk of developing the disease. 'The idea came into my head that if I had my breasts removed, I wouldn't develop breast cancer. I'd never heard of anyone having an elective double mastectomy before, but I felt it could be the solution for me. At the age of 37, Wendy was the first woman in Britain to have a pre-emptive double mastectomy to avoid the breast cancer that had stalked her family. Now, thirteen years later, at 24, her daughter Becky has made the same choice. In 1996, Wendy set up the Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline to offer support to women 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The following year she successfully spearheaded a campaign against the patenting of two genes linked to breast cancer, all the time challenging the bureaucracy of many Primary Care Trusts in the UK and the European Parliament. Written by Wendy, this is the inspiring and courageous story of her family's personal struggle with the disease and her efforts to help thousands of other women understand and cope with this aggressive cancer.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857208462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857208460
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Watson is the founder of the Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline - www.breastcancergenetics.co.uk - and was awarded the Tesco Mum of the Year Award 2011. She lives in Derby.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Still Standing 23 Oct 2011
By Gaza
I have read a lot of books in my time, sci fi, fantasy, horror, factual, thrillers and bio's, most of them were written by the worlds greatest authers like Asimov, Clark, King and Tolkien. I know a good book when I read one.

I'm Still Standing by Wendy Watson is a superb read, and in my opinion can feel right at home on any bookshelf beside the likes of Rowling, Austen and Blighton.

It draws you in, hooks you within the first few pages and then proceeds to take you on a rollercoaster of emotion through the life of this irrepressible and quite remarkable woman. I spent most of my time giggling to myself and then finding myself reaching for a tissue, its fun, its factual, its never dull and most of all, it leaves you wanting more. more. more.

Well done wendy, this needs to be available to the world, not just us
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 21 Oct 2011
By Yvonne
As I lay in bed last night reading this wonderful book I thank the stars for Wendy. I have just had the second part of my preventative surgery and the help she has given me and others helps us to get through it all. The book highlighted the fact that all the trials Wendy faced have enabled me to enjoy the rest of my life without a death sentence hanging over me. The book is a must read for everyone. Thank you Wendy xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Im still standing 20 Oct 2011
By andjay
Im Still Standing is an amazing book, it has humour and saddness all rolled into a fantastic story of a remarkable lady who has helped so many people over the years and is continuing to do so through this book. Worth every penny.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Yasmin
I've read many page-turners before, but never have I found one like "I'm Still Standing"! It was glued to my hands from start to finish and despite trying to put it down several times to get on with my day, I found myself reading it from cover to cover in one day!

Not only is Wendy Watson's book a brilliantly honest, educational insight into hereditary breast cancer, but it's just a fantastic read too! Certainly with a sense of humour, Wendy's weird and wonderful life and personality are just as memorable from the pages of this book as her battle with hereditary breast cancer. This book holds such an important message of awareness, support, and Wendy's fight against breast cancer that when I finally put it down I felt empowered. This book will certainly touch you- even if breast cancer has not affected you, Wendy's story will.

Wendy is such a kind, modest, (and fun!) woman who has virtually single-handedly changed the face of genetics as a whole as well as hereditary breast cancer, and I'm in awe from reading her story. What an incredible book, and what an inspiring woman.

If you only read one more book in your life time, make it "I'm Still Standing"!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read 27 Oct 2011
By Suebob
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Well what an amazing life this woman has had. She is such an inspiration, such a fighter for a cause, the person you want on your side, when you're backed into a corner. I have laughed out loud and also shed a few tears during the reading of this book. How anyone can pack so much into their life as she has done is amazing, and she is only 56. I can't wait to read the next book, so come on Wendy get writing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

When you have been diagnosed as a carrier of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, you feel as though you are the only person in the world with it and do not know where to turn. I live in France and we are not fortunate enough to have a helpline with the knowledge and back-up that there is with the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline. I searched the internet and found Wendy and the NHBCH. She and her team have given me guidance to make the right decisions for me. Everyone is given unbiased advice and information about all the options that are available.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 25 Oct 2011
Such an interesting story. Wendy just would not accept no for an answer and changed the NHS for the BETTER! Resiliant, determined and an inspiration, an amazing story of courage and the real strength of a Woman with a cause. I seriously could not put this book down, the story is so relevant to my own family. Wendy's daughter Becky is a real 'chip off the old block' and also does so much hard work to promote this wonderful helpline that helps so many when they have nowhere to turn. Buy this book and spread the word!! xxx
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Couldn't Make It Up 25 Oct 2011
Take one woman with a history of breast cancer in the family, a medical profession that won't believe that the cancer can be passed from one generation to another, and the battles and sacrifices that ensue, and you have a Hollywood script, right? Wrong! This is not a work of fiction, it is Wendy's story of her fight against overwhelming odds to prove to the medical profession that breast cancer is, and can be hereditary. How she pioneered life saving surgery, for those at increased risk of developing breast cancer. The battles against conglomerates, authaurities, and personal battles are too numerous to mention in this review. You'll need to read the book. You'll be made to feel happy, sad, and in places infuriated, by the story of this truly inspirational woman and her remarkable story.
I'd recommend that everybody should read this book, whether there is breast cancer in the family or not. It will open your eyes to a few things you weren't aware of.
A damned good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 12 days ago by Papasmurf
5.0 out of 5 stars truely inspirational
What an amazing lady, and what a journey she travels. a shining beacon of advocacy in helping others diagnosed with brac1 and brac2 genetic risks. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jred
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding lady
This book is excellent, well written, light hearted yet serious. Truly an outstanding remarkable lady with great strength and insight.
Published 19 months ago by linda mcbrinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
This wonderful lady deserves all the support she can get. The book is an eyeopener, even to someone who thought she knew quite a bit about the problem and the NHS. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Alicam
5.0 out of 5 stars Never take "No" for an answer.....
Wendy Watson is an inspiration to us all. Her story of individual courage determination and strength, in the face of the threat of developing breast cancer, provides the context... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by Dr. I. M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Im still standing
After a weekend with my head stuck in this book I am in awe of Wendy Watson and her family! For one person to raise so much awareness of hereditary breast cancer whilst dealing... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by Laura Mellors
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
A really moving and informative account of a brave woman's fight and quest to do as much as possible to help others. Wendy could have so easily sat back but it isn't in her nature. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars So addictive
This book should contain a warning - if you're thinking of reading it gradually day by day then forget it! Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Keithyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm still standing
a very brilliant book what alot of work Wendy and her daughter Becky and all the people working on the helpline do !!!
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by piggin
5.0 out of 5 stars rollercoaster!
This laugh a minute book superbly penned by the wonderful lady, Wendy Watson, will have you laughing and crying and give you support when you need it. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by rachael
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