After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life After Treatment
As women quickly discover, their life when treatment ends is very different from what it was before their diagnosis. Often exhausted, anxious, and emotionally volatile, they are beset by physical discomforts, fearful of intimacy, afraid for their children, worried about recurrence. Anticipating a return to “normalcy,” they discover that the old version of normal no longer applies.
There could be no more knowledgeable guide for women embarking on this complicated journey than Hester Hill Schnipper, who is herself both an experienced oncology social worker and a breast cancer survivor. This comprehensive handbook provides jargon-free information on the wide range of practical issues women face as they navigate the journey back to health, including:
•Managing physical problems such as fatigue, hot flashes, and aches and pains
•Handling relationships: your children, your partner, your parents, your friends.
•How to regain emotional and sexual intimacy
•Coping with financial and workplace issues
•Genetic testing: why, whether, when
•How to move beyond the fear of recurrence
•And much more
This indispensable book will help you rediscover your capacity for joy as you move forward into the future—as a survivor.
Reviews of: After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life After Treatment
This book is absolutely essential for a breast cancer patient after treatment. (Most call breast cancer patients survivors after their surgery so I will use that here since this book addresses the time after treatment.) I went through surgery, 6 months of heavy duty chemotherapy, radiation and a year-long experimental drug trial, along with ongoing hormone therapy. I was geared up for the fight. It was the aftermath that was harder. In fact, a sociologist who recommended this book told me that this was sometimes the time when a survivor went on anti-depression meds. It is very hard to get on with your life when you are so changed in so many ways. Schnipper, an oncologist and a breast cancer survivor herself, does an amazing job in this book trying to help one feel understood and not alone. For instance, she addresses the fear of recurrence which most of a survivor's people don't even want to think about once treatment is over. Yet the survivor has come face to face with her own mortality is a very real way. For me it didn't hit until I was about at the four year point - but it did come in small doses. This book really got me through both the physical aspects as well as the emotional ones. I highly recommend it!