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Living in the postmastectomy body : learning to live in and love your body again
Zuckweiler, Rebecca L.
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Point Roberts, WA : Hartley & Marks, [1998]

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xiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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RD667.5 .Z83 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Undergoing a mastectomy is a devastating experience. This hopeful guide offers practical advice and support for women adjusting to their post-mastectomy bodies. Written from professional and personal experience, Zuckweiler, discusses the psychological, physical and social aspects of recovery. She discusses common post-operative psychological conditions, treatment for phantom pain and grief, plus advice for every day life, like altering clothes, choosing a prosthesis, and doing effective exercises.

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Library Journal Review

Zuckweiler, a psychotherapist and nurse who chose a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy because of her family history of breast cancer, addresses life without a breast. Since most mastectomies are cancer-related, she touches on the basics of the disease, but her main thrust is to help women accept and deal with such concerns as phantom pain, grieving, depression, body image, and sexuality. In her discussion of reconstruction, however, she stresses the negatives over the benefits and considers simultaneous reconstruction a poor choice. Her own implants failed and had to be removed 13 years later. She feels women would be better off using breast forms, and those who choose that approach will find some useful information here. Nonetheless, the biggest drawback to this book is its lack of photographs. One cannot truly address a return to normalcy after a mastectomy without showing photos of women who have survived the ordeal. The exclusion only heightens women's fears that a breastless chest is too awful to comprehend no less to view. Marisa C. & Ellen Weiss's Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LJ 9/15/97) and Vladimir Lange's Be a Survivor (LJ 6/15/98) offer information on acceptance and sexuality in a much more positive manner. Zuckweiler's book is recommended only for comprehensive patient health collections.‘Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.