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Had I known : a memoir of survival
Lunden, Joan, author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]

Physical Description:
xiv, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"When former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden was diagnosed with breast cancer, she set out to learn everything about it to help her survive. With seven children counting on her, giving up was not an option. After announcing her diagnosis on Good Morning America, people all over the country rallied around Joan as she went into Warrior mode. Within a few months, after losing her hair, Joan appeared on the cover of People magazine bald, showing the world she could, and would, beat the disease. Determined to remain upbeat--to look in the mirror with a brave face--her resolve empowered women everywhere. The Today show quickly recruited Joan as a special correspondent and continues to follow her progress. A deeply personal and powerful story of pain, persistence, and perseverance, Had I Known is a chronicle of Joan's experience and the plan she formulated and followed to battle with her disease and treatment. As Joan reveals, while her journey was not easy, it profoundly changed her in unexpected ways. Her odyssey helped Joan redefine herself, her values, and most of all, her health. Following a new clean way of eating, Joan lost thirty pounds, became more aware of the food she was eating, and avoided many of the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy" --
A daunting diagnosis -- A normal doctor visit that wasn't so normal -- The Big C -- I thought it could never happen to me -- Choosing the path of least regret -- Finding my "why" -- Finding the courage to share -- The day I started chemo -- Good Morning, America, I have cancer -- "TEAMJOAN : an unexpected outpouring of support -- Going rogue : make me G.I. Joan -- Creating my battle plan -- Cancer ain't for sissies -- Eat, pray, poop -- Port of entry -- You're never too sick to throw a party! -- Calling all campers -- A surprise visit from Charlie Gibson -- Getting back to real life -- A new baby brings new joy -- A bold, bald move -- No turning back now -- The unexpected curveballs of cancer -- One lump or two? -- The best birthday present ever! -- The big bald reveal -- Wrestling with cancer -- My new normal -- The connection that changed me -- Unbroken -- Had I known.
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