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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Printing edition (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476743711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476743714
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.8 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hollye Jacobs combines inspiration with practical suggestions for women and men working through a breast cancer diagnosis. She gives breast cancer survivors the ability to put things in perspective, with spot-on advice about what to expect."--Nancy Brinker, Chair, Global Strategy, Susan G. Komen(r)

About the Author

Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, speaks publicly and writes about her experience on her award-winning blog, TheSilverPen.com. She is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, BreastCancer.org, Susan G. Komen, and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Army of Women Blog.

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By G. Smyth on 18 May 2014
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I had read a very good review on this book and was looking forward to sitting down to read it. Having recently been diagnosed with breast cancer myself, I felt Hollyes' book was warm, engaging and informative. There have been times when I had to put it down as it scared me, particularly all the side effects she experienced whilst having chemo. As she says, she literally had all the side effects possible and described them in detail. I guess, I am ready now for the worst, but hoping for the best!

Recommended reading however, I didn't find the artwork throughout the book at all inspiring nor did I feel added to the text.
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By JM on 20 Jun. 2014
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This is a really useful, well written book. I often work with clients who have a cancer diagnosis and more recently have had a family member having chemotherapy. The practical advice and clear insight into both emotions and treatments is invaluable. Highly recommended.
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By Marie A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was looking for a book about breast cancer to help me through my sadness. I went thru surgery and chemo. I start radiation next week. So I sort of skipped to the radiation part. I am still at the stage where I don't want to hear about other ppls cancer because I think I have it too. I am a bit of a hypochondriac. I wanted to know how to deal with my feelings. Anger, sadness, fright, and the most overwhelming feeling of 'when is it coming back'. The book was helpful. I wish I had as good an attitude as holleey. I am half empty girl. I took away good things from the book. I always say that if I learned one thing from reading something, it was worth it. I took away several things. So I would recommend to give this book to someone who was just diagnosed. It gives you all you need to know about what to expect on your 'journey'. I wish I read it before I went thru mine. All the best :)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful 23 Mar. 2014
By ddjada - Published on Amazon.com
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My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy recently. She has family and emotional support but she does not have any nearby support. She just had a port put in and will start aggressive chemo followed by radiation. I saw Hollye on one of the TV program and immediately ordered the book for my sister. This is what my sister wrote me " It is amazing. It is exactly what I am going through right on down to the Port-A-Cath. It's a step by step through chemo etc. and some things to alleviate some of the problems that arise. She even talks about EMLA cream to numb the port skin". This is a much needed book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful. 26 Mar. 2014
By Connie Wyss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is what has been missing in the breast cancer journey. When I went through this myself, I looked for books to help me understand my feelings and discuss the REAL experience. This book is REAL. I especially appreciated the latter chapters discussing life after treatment. That is where I am now and I truly appreciated the insight. I no longer felt alone in my feelings. A must read for anyone dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
So disappointed 3 April 2014
By cblyth - Published on Amazon.com
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My sister pointed out this author on Good Morning America and I was so excited to read her book since we seemed to have so much in common based on her interview. I thought, "Wow, just what I need; a similar story about breast cancer written by a woman around my age." Well, sad to say this is not uplifting in any way. I am currently undergoing a similar chemotherapy regime as the author and when I read this section self-preservation kicked in full gear; I had to stop reading. I'm a believer in psychology playing a major part in side effects; therefore, the book was apt to make my imagination run wild. The author did not finish the chemotherapy, did not finish her hormone therapy and I'm left wondering...why write an inspirational book if you fail to inspire others? Maybe some will find her story "inspirational" and I'm just "weird," but this book definitely wasn't for me and I warn potential readers to read with caution. "Silver linings" exist throughout the book, but the reader has to first endure the absolute torture the author goes through. And, yes, cancer is a form of torture, without a doubt; however, it could have been written from a much more powerful perspective.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book, approachable and personal advice, truly supportive and insightful! 1 April 2014
By BecksAnneV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hollye's writes of her own cancer diagnosis and treatment in such a way to provide an approachable clinical perspective combined with the personal voice of a patient. Her writing is not bogged down with jargon. It is her real story--complete with humor, frustration and fear. The detail is real and while it leaves little to the imagination it gives you the benefit of knowing what to expect and how to navigate the circumstance. It is as if you are borrowing the notes of Hollye's experience and treatment so that you can have the best possible treatment plan. The book is beautifully laid out. I love the "lifeline" content highlighted throughout the book as well as the "silver lining" pages, "practical matters" pages, glossary, and resource guide. Elizabeth Messina's photography is lovely and a wonderful compliment. I highly recommend this book to anyone that may be diagnosed with cancer or supporting a family member or friend with a cancer diagnosis.
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