Delve into my breast cancer journey and beyond in Losing the Girls, a unique memoir differentiated by my cutting-edge nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM)―a little-known breast cancer surgery technique that leaves the breast completely whole. I’m sharing my story to boost awareness of this specialized procedure, which is only offered at select hospitals. I believe that women facing mastectomies deserve to know all of their options.
The biggest challenge of my life began with a convoluted breast cancer diagnosis; and then there was the overwhelming array of surgery options. Mastectomy or lumpectomy? Single mastectomy or double? Reconstruction or no reconstruction? I worried about making the right choice and how my decision would affect me both in the short and long term. How would it affect my marriage? Was it crazy to choose a hospital three hours from home?
After the surgery, my determination to beat the cancer triggered a lifestyle transformation that resulted in a stronger, more empowered “me”. My deep faith in God and peace with the afterlife helped shape my response to this life-changing ordeal with cancer―and the love and support of an amazing posse of family and friends, along with a liberal dose of humor and hope, pulled me through the darkness and back into the warm, sunny light.
Losing the Girls is a powerful and uplifting book that every woman―and the people who love them―should read.
What others have said:
A beautifully written story. I cried, I laughed, I smiled, I was amazed. Thank you for being so honest. – Emily Gullo
Amazing, successful, and real are the words that come to mind when I read about your experience and your determination… I am a nurse and like to think I would know what to do if I had a crisis such as yours but you taught me research pays off despite what you feel you already know. You took your experience and turned it into a support group between two covers for those going through the insult to their body and for those who love them. – Carole McCarthy
I really enjoyed this book. I like how it got personal so I didn’t feel like I was reading a manual but felt like I was getting really good informative material. I certainly hope I don’t get breast cancer, but if I do, I’ve definitely been encouraged and … feel more prepared for the battle that could be ahead of me… I especially liked the … lifestyle changes, because everyone should be entitled to do whatever they need to in order to heal themselves physically and mentally! – Lucia Casella
Inspirational and educational! – Linda Feldman
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