Examining Myself: One Woman's Story of Breast Cancer Treatment and Recovery

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When Musa Mayer was first diagnosed with breast cancer, none of the personal accounts she reached for fully addressed what was to her most critical: the human, psychological dimensions of illness and recovery. Now, in "Examining Myself" Musa Mayer offers a beautifully crafted memoir written for the nearly two hundred thousand American women stricken with breast cancer each year, as well as for their partners, families and friends. In a compelling narrative that resists sensationalism and easy answers, Mayer chronicles her experience with cancer over the past several years - from biopsy and diagnosis through mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery. Fears of recurrence and death, challenges to femininity, the imposing medical establishment with its often conflicting treatment options, the bewildering array of alternative methods and theories, the search for emotional support and the fear of losing new-found friends to the disease - these are the issues e! ! ach breast cancer patient faces in her own way. In "Examining Myself" Musa Mayer shares a very personal odyssey that offers invaluable information and support about a disease that touches us all.

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A graduate of Columbia Universitys MFA Program in Writing, Musa Mayer has made her focus autobiography, memoir and personal essay. Musa's first two books were memoirs. "Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston" (Knopf, 1988, DaCapo, 1997) was about growing up in the New York art world of the 1950s, while "Examining Myself: One Woman's Story of Breast Cancer Treatment and Recovery" (Faber & Faber, 1994) focused on her own experience of dealing with breast cancer. Her third book, "Advanced Breast Cancer: A Guide to Living with Metastatic Disease" (originally published as "Holding Tight, Letting Go") weaves together complex disease and treatment information with the stories of 40 people coming to terms with life-threatening illness, most of whom she met as an active participant in the Breast Cancer Listserv on the Internet, an online discussion group. The website for her last book contains information on how to subscribe in its Resources section at http://www.patie! ! ntcenters.com/breastcancer/ In addition to her three books, her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mirabella, Columbia Magazine, MAMM Magazine and other journals.

With her previous Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, she worked for ten years leading groups and doing individual and family psychotherapy. Musa has been teaching memoir for many years and currently leads writing workshops for cancer patients and health professionals around the country. She frequently does speaking engagements and interviews as a breast cancer advocate, with a particular focus on the needs and concerns of people living with advanced breast cancer. She lives in New York City with her husband Tom, a neuropsychologist.

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"A deeply personal account, but written with such skill and power that it grabs you from the first few pages and holds you in its grasp....Many of us have read a number of accounts of women and their experiences with breast cancer; this one is truly different and very much worth reading." -- Breast Cancer Action Newsletter

"Besides offering unobtrusive practical information, the story and language--the entire style of the narrative--has enormous grace and power as well as compelling insight." -- Joann Schellenbach, Director, Media Relations, American Cancer Society

"Examining Myself is required reading for the woman who has taken the bold step of confronting her breast cancer head on and permitting it to reach her heart and soul." -- Amy Langer, Executive Director, National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations

"In my clinical practice I have worked with hundreds of women with breast cancer. In Examining Myself I heard echoes of their thoughts and feelings on every page, expressed in Musa Mayer's concise and elegant words." -- Page Tolbert, CSW, CancerCare, Inc.

"The very best book anybody has ever written about what it is like to have breast cancer." -- Linda Ellerbee, TV journalist, producer and breast cancer survivor

"Though the tone of this beautifully crafted memoir is intimate and personal, the writer skillfully weaves in a good deal of useful medical information, making it a valuable resource for any woman facing breast cancer." -- NABCO News

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