Feb 17, 2014

Let Me Get This Off My Chest-A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares ~ Review

Tamoxifen hot flashes, mastectomy, reconstruction, breast cancer etiquette, Frankenboobs, bras with special attachments—Margaret Lesh shares all in her funny, heartfelt collection of essays, anecdotes, and life lessons from the perspective of a two-time breast cancer survivor. She’ll tell you when it’s okay to play the cancer card, what you should take to the hospital, and gives suggestions on how to cope in those dark moments of the soul. With practical tips sprinkled throughout, Let Me Get This Off My Chest explores how breast cancer changed her outlook on life, offering honest insights, humor, and sensitivity as she looks for
the silver lining in a not-so-great situation. Whether you are a woman diagnosed with breast cancer or whether you know someone with breast cancer, this book was written for you.

Review :
In Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares Margaret Lesh does what books about cancer seldom accomplish: she gives hope.  One read through her Amazon customer reviews, and it’s evident: those undergoing treatment and battling a range of emotions find comfort in reading this memoir of someone who has been there. It’s like listening to the voice of a friend who knows. A friend who also has a sharp sense of humor, might I add. 
  From hot flashes to reconstructive options, Lesh gives you the patient’s point-of-view, complete with practical tips, minus the intimidating medical talk. But it doesn’t stop there. Cancer touches more than just the lives of those who receive the diagnosis. How do you deal with the news of a family member/friend/neighbor undergoing treatment? Should you visit? Commiserate? Stay clear? None of the above? This book does a tremendous job addressing those issues. It helps you understand the physical changes and treatment side effects, as well as the emotional roller coaster involved. Those battling cancer will see the light at the end of the tunnel, while the rest of us will learn to be a good friend and support.

About the Author :
California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her husband and son in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. She writes middle grade, young adult, and women's fiction. When she's not writing, she's thinking about baked goods, especially donuts, far too often. She believes tacos are magic.
Visit her website: margaretlesh.com.
Twitter @MargaretLesh

Disclosure:   I did NOT receive a free copy of this book! Paid for it with my own money-and gifted a copy to a friend to boot! All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”.

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