Underneath the Pink Ribbon: A Breast Cancer Memoir

Laura Chamberlin

Published by BookBaby, 2015
ISBN 10: 1682222594 / ISBN 13: 9781682222591
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Synopsis: "The only real pink I knew was the dark pink of my double mastectomy scars." - from the Introduction This is the true story of how Laura Chamberlin, an art therapist diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of twenty-eight, survived diagnosis, treatment, and recovery while still forging her career path, maintaining relationships, and seeking true love. Her story begins in 2010, pre-diagnosis, with a journal entry relaying her relief after hearing from her doctor that the lump she felt in her breast was nothing to worry about. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Through journal entries, reflections, photographs, and artwork, Laura's journey takes shape as she faces disease, pain, hair loss, exhaustion, heartbreak, family members, and a multitude of obstacles. Pushing the boundaries of the memoir, Underneath the Pink Ribbon also unravels the hypocrisy and damaging effects of the ubiquitous pink ribbon. Challenging readers to see beyond the pretty pink products and look directly at the reality of breast cancer, this is a book not only for the person who has endured cancer. This is a book for the loved one who's not sure what to say or do; it is for the doctor who has dozens of patients but who has never suffered what they are going through; it is for the art therapist who will find inspiration from Laura's own use of art therapy on herself; it is for the consumer who sees pink every October; and it is for the twenty- or thirty-something woman who, like Laura did, feels lost on her path and who will find solace in these pages. Underneath the Pink Ribbon reaches out to the reader with the same raw honesty that cancer forces upon the body, the mind, the spirit. You will come away from reading this changed; not only in how you look at breast cancer, but in your approach to life. Laura's continued persistence and, at times, hilariously honest frankness will inspire you to speak your truth and tell your story.

About the Author: Laura Chamberlin is a Board-Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with a Master's degree in Psychology. She works as a mental health counselor and art therapist at a mental health facility in Louisville, KY, leading groups of teenagers and children by helping them express their thoughts and feelings through art making in order to promote hope and healing.

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Title: Underneath the Pink Ribbon: A Breast Cancer ...
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication Date: 2015
Binding: Paperback
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