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I was diagnosed the same day, almost, as one of my son's friend's mothers. She ended up needing chemo. I did not. We shopped for her wig long before she needed it, and Margaret's wig-party chapter brought it all back to me as if it were yesterday instead of 7 years ago.
I've often felt "guilty" that I "only" had DCIS. My stage 0 "practice cancer," as I called it, and she touches on that subject as well in a way that after all this time makes me realize that the emotions I have experienced are more common than I realized in the sisterhood of lumpectomy scars and radiation suntans.
My annual round of mammograms and oncology visits are in a few days, and of course I'll hold my breath until the technician makes eye contact and says, "Everything looks normal." Each year that passes, I get a little more confident, but recurrence is possible for any of us. Margaret's book reminds me every day is a gift, we're never 100% out of the woods, but whatever happens, I am a survivor.
It's a very frank, practical, funny look at how this disease effected one woman and her family. "So my all-purpose advice when a loved one receives an upsetting diagnosis or has faced the loss of someone dear to them,: at the very least, send a card.
Keep it simple and speak from the heart. Don't tell them you know what they're going through, or that it's all for the best, or it's part of God's plan, because they may end up wanting to hurt you."
If you are dealing with breast cancer, or know someone who is, I recommend this book as a great way to explore it from the inside.
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