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Buzz - November 2013
YOUR GUIDE THROUGH HER BREAST CANCER JOURNEY
Katherine Formosa Bown (Urban Traffic Publishing)
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Your Guide Through Her Breast Cancer Journey raises the questions you don’t think to ask about cancer, and answers the ones you do. Bown recounts her own battle with the illness and her subsequent recovery, but this is not a pity-fest nor a “look at me I’m a survivor” memoir. Bown’s narration is down-to-earth – as if she were engaging you in conversation. Her aim is to take the pressure off those dealing with a sick relative or friend. Bown’s information on chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and the progression of the illness is explained clearly and concisely and her own experiences offer inside into what a sufferer may be going through. The ‘how to treat her’ sections, though, seemed more appropriate for a husband or boyfriend.
It’s either irony or synchronicity that I was sent this book to review the same week as my mother starts her cancer treatment. Bown is right – while you’re reeling from the shock of the diagnosis, there is no time to think of practicalities – so she does that for you, with tips from preparing to go to the hospital to healthy eating. This is a book you can dip in and out of for support and hope. There is no hint of defeat here. Bown is optimistic that sufferers can beat cancer – because she did.