Getting Things Off My Chest by Melanie Young. Charge head-on into the battle with breast cancer, armed with these outstanding survivors’ tips on how to stay sane, focused, and in charge. Written by a breast cancer survivor with expert insights, handy checklists, and helpful questions to ask your doctors, all geared toward streamlining your new life. This detailed, upbeat book helps you make informed decisions, eat and exercise to stay strong, look, and feel your best, eliminate stress and boost your spirits with positive thinking and a dose of humor. Don’t let your cancer control you; empower yourself and ease the transition with this all-inclusive guide. This book is WINNER of the 2014 International Book Award for Cancer Health topics.
Everyone’s breast cancer journey is unique but most of us go numb or are stopped in our tracks when we hear the words, “yes, it’s cancer” When you finally start to wrap your head around your diagnosis you have questions that need to be answered. For many of us, that means getting a book or books on the subject. A survivor’s perspective is always appreciated.
Melanie Young is a breast cancer survivor after being diagnosed in August 2009. This is the third edition of her book. She covers everything from “Digesting Your Diagnosis” to “Your Options on Reconstruction” to “Positive Side Effects” and “Making Cancer A Positive Life Sentence”. She shares her story while including insights from many experts.
I found the book to be very well-written and set up in a way that easy to follow. She also did not go through her treatments during a pandemic, but I hope she will address that in her fourth edition. So her account told me how things would have been if 2020 had been a normal year. I found myself getting emotional over the number of times she encouraged leaning on family members and having someone go with you to doctor’s appointments and chemo treatments. The first appointment where care was explained. Questions the author of this book recommends were now answered.
It is packed full of information. Questions were answered in a clear and easy to understand way. I read and reread several chapters over the past couple of months. Ms. Young focuses on the positive way to look at everything in an upbeat way. If you or a loved one receive a breast cancer diagnosis get them this book as soon as you can. The positive messages are uplifting and the information is useful and clear. It is an excellent resource that you can read and then refer back to certain sections as needed.