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A BREAST CANCER ALPHABET: Inspiration and Encouragement ~ Mudhulika Sikka

Purchase this book and tuck it into the purse of the next person you meet who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  You will not regret this, I promise you!

If I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer I would purchase this book and download it to my phone e-reader so that I could carry it with me through all the days of my healing and recovery.   When I did have Ovarian Cancer, I did not have an e-reader, but I carried a Book of Days with me everywhere I went and read and re-read to address the issues, to drive my healing work and to write in my journal.   A BREAST CANCER ALPHABET is specifically for BC patients.

Madhulika Sikka was diagnosed with Breast Cancer when she was producing a segment for NPR’s Morning Edition and her team had just interviewed President Obama.  When the diagnosis call arrived, she did not go directly to the Internet instead she told the two science writers in her office and they took on an advocacy role for her.

A BREAST CANCER ALPHABET reminds me that when one is seriously ill, one needs an advocate, who will listen and help interpret and assist in the healing / recovery with you – no exceptions to this rule.

On the cover Cokie Roberts says:

“This useful and often amusing little book should be the first present your give someone who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Its practicality extends from sound advice (‘drugs are your friends’) to the inclusion of pages for notes at the end.  By presenting her own experience in a wry and matter-of-fact manner, Madhulika Sikka removes taboos in talking about sex or looks or the desire on some days to just quit soldiering on through the whole deal.  It won’t make having breast cancer easier, but it will make the dread disease and its treatments less mysterious.  That’s a gift indeed.”   (Roberts – Journalist and author of WE ARE OUR MOTHER”S DAUGHTERS)

Madhulika Sikka is a veteran broadcast journalist with decades of experience. She has worked at NPR News and ABC News, among other outlets.

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TLC BOOK TOURS  sent me a copy for review of A BREAST CANCER ALPHABET and I want to share this gem with all my readers.

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11 Responses to “A BREAST CANCER ALPHABET: Inspiration and Encouragement ~ Mudhulika Sikka”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia … such a good book I imagine … I’m just very grateful I’ve not suffered from cancer – touch wood …

    There’s so much more information available and so many organisations we can turn to for help .. but having advocates makes so much sense …

    Thanks for sharing this with us .. I hope you’re well – all the best Hilary
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    Patricia Reply:

    Hilary,
    Thank you for stopping by – This is such a positive and fun book and even tells it like it is. I have several friends just diagnosed and I think I will tuck it in their purse for those tough days

    Reviewing Kim’s new book on Friday…what a gem
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  2. Talon Says:

    I wish I’d known about this book when my sister was going through her 13 rounds of chemotherapy and her mastectomy for her breast cancer. It sounds like it’s full of great advice and support. My sister did have great advocates and family support so I’m glad she had us to lean on. It’s nearly as difficult watching someone go through this trauma as it is for the souls who have to suffer through it.

    Patricia Reply:

    Kim
    I have already heard several folks wish they had had this book when… Yes I do indeed think the advocates and caregivers could use just such a book too – It is a huge task

    Happy to know that your sister had great support – I did that role for my father and mother….It is exhausting also

    looking forward to your review on Friday
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  3. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — My mother died from breast cancer at the young age of 53. I wish I knew then what I know now. This book is on my to-read list thanks to you!

    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie,
    Just a little guide and I think very helpful to have on hand

    My father died at 64 – filled with cancer and I learned so much caring for him and advocating It is a huge task and most folks have no idea until they experience it first hand.

    When I was in the hospital in the 90s I was so envious of the new citizens who brought their own food into the hospital for the patient and the patient was never left alone as their community gathered around them in shifts.

    As it was I fainted in the lavatory and remained on the floor for 6 hours waking up to a secondary skin infection that covered 60% of my body. The hospital just knocked one day in the hospital rooms fees off. In hindsight and now feeling better, I actually should have sued.
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  4. Sara Says:

    Patricia,

    A well-time review about a very helpful book. I loved what you said, “A BREAST CANCER ALPHABET reminds me that when one is seriously ill, one needs an advocate, who will listen and help interpret and assist in the healing / recovery with you – no exceptions to this rule.”

    Also, while Google is a wonderful source of information, it can also scare as much as help. That’s why I agree about having an advocate who can help filter information — I don’t mean keep something important away from someone with cancer — but make sure it is something helpful and truthful.

    I didn’t realize you were reviewing Kim’s book. I’ll be back on Friday:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Sara
    It is a wonderful book and right at the very beginning of the book the author suggests the patient not go to the Internet at all – She has 2 professional science writers do her internet searches and it helped her focus and recover…

    Yep reviewing STRINGS AND BONE Talon’s book on the 31st…It is delightful….

    I have such wonderful friends who write such wonderful words into delightful poems and stories… like you

    I have several new author books from friends in November – I took on a few too many books for November I think!!

    Coming on over to see your recent post and maybe comment a story myself!
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  5. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Thanks for being a part of the tour for this amazing book!

    Patricia Reply:

    Yes a very good book to know about Heather J.
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  6. Stiven Zerard Says:

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