GLOBAL EQUITY INITIATIVE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
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Beauty without the Breast

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$17.95 • £14.95 • €16.20

ISBN 9780982914410

Publication: January 2013

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410 pages

6 x 9 inches

48 color photographs, 1 line illustration

Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University > Women, Health, and Equity

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  • Forewords
    • [By] Dr. Julie R. Gralow
    • [By] Dr. Paul Farmer
  • Introduction
  • I: Doubting
    • 1. Could it be…?
      • Mammogram at 40
      • The mammogram and the precipice
      • What is a BI-RADS?
      • I am not overreacting
      • Tell me I am overreacting!
      • Next steps; first decision
    • 2. Pause to enjoy the world of the healthy
      • The wait
      • Disneyland… To go or not to go
      • Though it sounds childish: The magic of Disney
  • II: Knowing
    • 3. It is
      • The biopsy: Now I know
      • Lunch in Tlalpan
      • One afternoon to get my life in order
      • Hannah’s question
    • 4. Meeting my altered-self
      • Becoming a patient
      • The first surgery
      • The first night
      • My mother
      • Next steps amid tribulations
      • Celebrate life as if you were healthy
      • Decisions, round one
  • III: Accepting
    • 5. Tómatelo a Pecho
      • The birth of an idea
      • Juanita
    • 6. A tempest of decisions
      • Facing my fear
      • The friendly tumor board
      • I am cancerous
      • My first, second opinion
      • Alone, for the first time
    • 7. In search of answers
      • The trip to Seattle
      • A cancer hospital with a view of the bay
      • Some answers and more questions
      • Navigating the labyrinth
    • 8. Time with friends
      • Decisions
      • Cushions
      • Moving forward
    • 9. To mastectomize or not to mastectomize?
      • Confusion
      • My first MRI
      • Results and progress
      • A gift to myself: painting with hospitalized children
      • The second trip to Seattle
      • Radiation or mastectomy
      • I finally cry
  • IV: Embarking
    • 10. A farewell to health
      • Bridging the worlds of the healthy and the sick
      • Sky, sand, sea, and moon
      • The rock of singing seals
      • Mastectomy is right for me
      • Inner peace
    • 11. The mastectomy
      • The surgery will be in Mexico
      • Presenting Tómatelo a Pecho
      • The mastectomy
      • I can do this
    • 12. Facing chemotherapy
      • Concentration camps and chemotherapy
      • Becoming a patient
      • With Maha’s help
    • 13. Preparing for chemotherapy
      • The wig business
      • Looking in the mirror
      • Breast ‘inflation’
      • Acapulco
    • 14. The first dose: FEC #1
      • The haircut
      • The day before
      • The day finally arrives
      • Chemotherapy begins
      • Unveiling the wigs
  • V: Learning
    • 15. I lose my hair and rediscover myself
      • The loss begins
      • I decide to live life
      • Helping Maha to assimilate loss
      • Hair just keeps falling
      • With Hannah, I manage to end the endless hair loss
      • I develop a new identity
    • 16. Life with chemotherapy
      • Coping strategies
      • Healing myself through exercise
      • Taking heart: opportunities to enjoy life
      • Finding inspiration
    • 17. Expectations mold perceptions
      • My last dose of chemotherapy
      • Venturing back
      • Sepsis
  • VI: Surviving, Living, and Giving
    • 18. Entering survivorship
      • Why survivorship
      • Life post-chemotherapy
    • 19. Living survivorship
      • Some surprising improvements
      • Breast reconstruction …an ongoing dilemma
      • Sexual non-health
      • Ongoing challenges
      • Living with the fear of recurrence
    • 20. The many forms of prayer
      • I was blessed with many prayers
      • Giving back is a way of healing
    • A chapter of beginnings
      • Moments mean so much more
      • Feeling health
      • To loving life
  • Epilogue
    • The partner’s perspective: four love letters [Julio Frenk]
  • Bibliography
  • Websites