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It's Not Like That, Actually: A memoir of surviving cancer and beyond Paperback – 16 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (16 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091894808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091894801
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first book of its kind to be written on the reality of surviving cancer, long-term

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The first book of its kind to be written on the reality of surviving cancer, long-term.

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Kate Carr's book is a refreshingly frank and realistic account of what it is like for a young woman trying to cope beyond the moment you are diagnosed with breast cancer and everything that is flung at you thereafter. If you have just been diagnosed, buy it and read it in a few months. If you are midway or near the end of chemotherpay read it now it will reassure you that you are not going insane. If you have a friend or relative with breast cancer, learn as you read.
It would be misleading to say that this book is uplifting as, unfortunately, Kate Carr died as this book was published. This adds additional poignancy to her fears about not being around to see her children grow up. However, what this book gives you is something to relate to from your hair falling out in your hands to insesitive coments from well meaning friends and colleagues.
If Kate Carr wanted to leave any kind of legacy, then this book and it's unflinching honesty is one she should be proud to leave behind for all the women who are diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer who are sick and tired of reading about so-called inspiring and heroic battles against cancer. As the tiltle says, it's not like that, actually.
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I had read other books in my local library about cancer survivors, and their experiences, having being diagnosed with breast cancer myself, in may 2005. As a mother of 2 young children, I was looking for a book, written by someone I could relate to. When I read the back of the book I was sure I had picked the right one. As soon as I started to read it I was hooked. I needed to hear someone elses experiences.The book scared me sometimes, but those parts I needed to read, because people around me would not discuss, or were afraid to ask me certain questions. I could not put this book down, even though I found parts hard to read. I found it very helpful. I would highly recommend. A great read
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By A Customer on 30 Mar. 2005
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Diagnosed myself with Cervical Cancer nearly two years ago I have struggled to come to terms with my vacillating feelings and emotions and the reality of waiting for the final axe to fall..... picking up this book was like coming home! Despite the differences in types of both cancer and treatments I found myself identifying with Kate Carr from the very first page... uttering little 'Oh's' of recognition, tears pouring down my face as she so aptly describes the numb and terrifying rollercoaster that never ends - For the first time I found honesty and understanding - no marathons or Pollyanna'ish 'brave suffering' in sight. I only wish with all my heart that Kate Carr was still alive so that I could thank her for this wonderful book, now being ordered for my loved ones so that they can perhaps understand the person that I am now. Whatever type of cancer you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with you simply MUST read this book!
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