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Contents ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ; ix INTRODUCTION ; 3 FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN; DESTINATION: BREAST CANCER by Beverly Flowers ; 5 Beverly, a flight attendant with American Airlines, is just about to board a plane on September 11, 2001, when she hears the devastating news of the attack on the World Trade Center. Ironically, two years earlier, on September 11, she received her own devastating news: a diagnosis of breast cancer. She works through her fear and terror to the realization that her adversity is not a death sentence. FIVE-FOOT-SIX AND BULLETPROOF by Beth Butler ; 33 For Beth, a divorced career woman who is self-sufficient and daring by nature, facing breast cancer is the biggest challenge of her life. Within a support group she discovers, much to her surprise, that she is able to reveal the fears that she cannot share with her family, and she realizes that she is not alone. EYES ON THE PRIZE by Selden McCurrie ; 63 Selden is a self-described "computer geek" turned medical militant. Years of caring for her ailing parents helped to arm her with information and a steely attitude. Both served her well when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and faced a double mastectomy and the decision of whether to have reconstruction. HAPPY FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY . . . YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER! by Robin McILvain ; 97 Looking forward to a new career and celebrating her birthday on New Year's Day, Robin's diagnosis of breast cancer arrives on her fiftieth birthday. It is the most unexpected diagnosis in a lifelong series of health challenges that she had been valiantly battling for years. MAYBE IT WILL GO AWAY by Marion Horton ; 127 When initially diagnosed with breast cancer seventeen years earlier, Marion did not choose reconstruction after a mastectomy. Now she deals with a new cancer in her remaining breast, as well as endometrial cancer. The present disease vividly demonstrates the contrast between breast-cancer treatment then and now. THE LONG BALD SUMMER by Alice Cotter Feldman ; 159 Shortly after retiring from nursing, Alice undergoes open-heart surgery to repair a faulty valve, learns her husband has prostate cancer, and then learns she has breast cancer. Facing overwhelming challenges, she courageously overcomes each with love and humor, a new perspective, and a very supportive family. TEARS OF TRIUMPH by Elena Tillan Santamaria ; 189 Elena has a mastectomy and acquires not only a new breast but also a new mission in life. She triumphs over her fears of breast cancer and becomes an advocate for newly diagnosed patients, as well as a spokesperson for breast cancer awareness in the Hispanic community. Her tears of sorrow become tears of joy. HAVE CANCER, WILL TRAVEL by Lorna Goldstein ; 219 Despite a shocking diagnosis of recurrent breast cancer (twelve years later) and subsequent uterine cancer, Lorna does not allow her illnesses to interfere with her lifestyle and continues to travel all over the world with her husband. She realizes that she is not dying of cancer, but living with it. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS; WITH CANCER by Alice Rollo ; 249 The family's holiday season becomes disrupted with devastating news of Alice's breast cancer. Her Christmas gift is a new breast; and a new life. Cancer changed her life forever, and now she uses her experience to help other survivors. THE WORST; AND THE BEST; WERE YET TO COME by Sheryl Siegel ; 277 January 2000 was the worst month of Sheryl's entire life. But it was also the start of the most profound changes that have ever occurred in her life. She was being prepared for the woman she was about to become. CONTRIBUTORS' ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ; 315 THE WELLNESS COMMUNITY ; 317 GLOSSARY ; 319 RECOMMENDED READING ; 325
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Breast Cancer Patients United States Biography