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The race is run one step at a time : my personal struggle--and everywoman's guide to taking charge of breast cancer
Brinker, Nancy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1990.
Physical Description:
219 pages ; 24 cm
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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Having lost a favorite aunt and her sister to breast cancer, Brinker was no stranger to its devastating effects. In fact, she fulfilled her sister's dream of helping more women understand and prevent it by creating the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Advancement of Breast Cancer Research. So when she was diagnosed, she knew more than the average woman about her options and outlook. She believes that all the information available to her helped immensely. Now she wants to share her accumulated knowledge. With Harris' help, she does so beautifully. The tone is that of an ordinary woman; the spirit it bespeaks is extraordinary. Brinker's story forms the framework of the book, within which she includes accurate and easy-to-understand explanations of treatment options, technology, testing, side effects, medical terminology, prognosis, and more. What may be most helpful is frank discussion of how losing a breast affected Brinker's self-image and sex life. A true advocate for others with the disease, Brinker gives them positive reinforcement and empowering information. Glossary, resource list; to be indexed. ~--Mary Ellen Sullivan

Library Journal Review

Brinker supplements the story of her own bout with breast cancer with practical guidance on diagnosis, selection of a health-care team, reconstruction decision, appearance, recovery, and sexuality. Although several outstanding titles heightening awareness on breast cancer have been published recently, most notably Mimi Greenberg's Invisible Scars: A Guide to Coping with the Emotional Impact of Breast Cancer ( LJ 5/15/88), Deborah Hobler Kahane's No Less a Woman: Ten Women Tell the Truth About Breast Cancer ( LJ 5/15/90), and Philip Strax's Make Sure You Do Not Have Breast Cancer ( LJ 11/1/89), this book's straightforward style, affecting story, and wealth of practical advice make it a useful addition to public library collections.-- Kathryn Hammell Carpenter, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.