Disclaimer: I received this book free from Smith Publicity — Basic Health Publications in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.
Having been recently diagnosed, I started looking for books that might help me to get a grasp on what I am going through and what to expect. This book not only did that but it also brought a much needed smile to my face. I absolutely loved all the humor that the authors instilled into this book. They had both gone through this and knew the fears and anxiety that come along with being diagnosed with cancer.
Not only that, but they were able to survive it. There are basically two types of things in this book: perks and tips. The perks are much more humorous ways to deal with your cancer. The tips are more factual things to do in order to help your body cope with the strain it is being put under.
Florence is a survivor of stage 3 Breast Cancer. Not only that but she is a Registered Psychologist. So not only does she know on a professional level how to develop good coping mechanisms, but she has been there as well. Susan is also a Breast Cancer survivor as well as a Registered Nurse. Both women have both the professional know how plus the practical know how to help others. This is exactly what they do with this book.
The perks were things that you could do to help you cope more on an emotional level. Plus there were things that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do without having the cancer. Such as getting someone to massage your feet. Most people would absolutely refuse to do this unless you paid them. However, they were mentioning that they were able to get people to do this much more often for them because people felt sorry for them because of having cancer.
Tips were things that you could do to help your body get strong enough to carry you through the struggle of the various treatments. There were things to avoid as well as things to do.
Even if you don’t have cancer, this book can also give lots of insight into how to deal with any type of major illness.