Five Lessons I Didn't Learn From Breast Cancer (And One Big One I Did)

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From the pink ribbons to the chat rooms to the Web sites that sell related accessories and stuffed animals, breast cancer has morphed from a disease to an experience. And at every step of the way, society tells women that this experience can teach them profound lessons, transform them into wiser, more insightful people, and maybe even give them a peek at the meaning of life. But what if it doesn't? Five Lessons I Didn't Learn From Breast Cancer is Shelley Lewis's thoroughly modern, slightly contrarian take on 'doing' breast cancer in an epiphany-free zone, where the goal is simply to get through it and get the hell back to your life. Proving that chemotherapy can eradicate everything except a sense of humor. Lewis shares her five strategies for coping, and then reveals the real, not-so-meaningful insights learned from breast cancer, including 'If you honestly think breast cancer is a gift, you can't come to my birthday' and 'Lie to yourself (it's sooo helpful).' A wonderful interweaving of the author's personal story, interviews with breast cancer survivors, and a sharp-eyed journalist's look at the breast cancer 'community.' Five Lessons is full of unconventional wisdom, unexpected advice, and hilarious observations about life inside the pink bubble.

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Lewis was a senior vice president of programming at Air America Radio from 2003-2005. Before that she spent 25 years in the mainstream media, executive producing news and information programs ranging from Real Life with Jane Pauley at NBC, to World News Now with Aaron Brown and Lisa McRee, and Good Morning America at ABC News. At CNN she was executive producer of Greenfield at Large, and American Morning with Paula Zahn. Lewis, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, received her BFA in film and television from NYU.

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This cancer survivor’s book does not promote cancer as a spiritual gift. This is not a book filled with ‘Look on the bright side’ advice, Lewis says. This is . . . for women who don’t have and don’t want a spiritual makeover after breast cancer . . . and don’t expect breast cancer to fix what’s wrong with them. Furthermore, My only growth was the one removed by my surgeon. Her message throughout is that breast cancer can’t change who you are, it confirms who you are. It did, however, mean shedding illusions, including her self-image as still young with endless options. Ultimately, cancer meant clarification, not transformation. She organizes solid advice, including tips on finding Dr. Right, helping others to help you, and being wary of the attitude police, into easily handled chapters. Throughout a straightforward, fast-paced book, her clarity constitutes reassurance, while her ironic, sometimes painfully self-aware wit is a magnet for those seeking an alternative to the I’m-so-grateful-to-my-breast-cancer literature. --Whitney Scott

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