Losing the Girls: My Journey Through Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and Beyond

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Delve into the breast cancer journey and beyond in Losing the Girls, a unique memoir differentiated by the author's cutting-edge nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM)―a little-known breast cancer surgery technique that leaves the breast completely whole. Shirley Alarie shares her story to boost awareness of this specialized procedure, which is only offered at select hospitals. She believes that women facing mastectomies deserve to know all of their options. 
Shirley found that the biggest challenge of her 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? She worried about making the right choice and how her decision would affect her both in the short and long term. How would it affect her marriage? Was it crazy to choose a hospital three hours from home? 
After the surgery, Shirley's determination to beat the cancer triggered a lifestyle transformation that resulted in a stronger, more empowered woman. Her deep faith in God and her peace with the afterlife helped shape her 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 her 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. 

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Shirley Alarie wrote her memoir in order to spread awareness of NSM, and she published a website that describes what it is and identifies some of the hospitals that perform this surgery.

Check it out at nsmcenter.blogspot.com.

Or join her on Facebook to celebrate God's presence in our world at Finding God Among Us.

It all comes together on her personal website shirleyalarie.com. Hope to see you there!

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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... - Lucia Casella
 
Inspirational and educational! - Linda Feldman
 
I appreciated your willingness to "go there" regarding the tough stuff emotionally and your humor. - Stuart Horwitz

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