Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (February 25, 2014)
From NPR News executive editor comes an indispensable and approachable guide to life during, and after, breast cancer.
The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Madhulika Sikka’sA Breast Cancer Alphabetoffers a new way to live with and plan past the hardest diagnosis that most women will ever receive: a personal, practical, and deeply informative look at the road from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.
What Madhulika Sikka didn’t foresee when initially diagnosed, and what this book brings to life so vividly, are the unexpected and minute challenges that make navigating the world of breast cancer all the trickier. A Breast Cancer Alphabetis an inspired reaction to what started as a personal predicament.
This A-Z guide to living with breast cancer goes where so many fear to tread: sex (S is for Sex – really?), sentimentality (J is for Journey – it’s a cliché we need to dispense with), hair (H is for Hair – yes, you can make a federal case of it) and work (Q is for Quitting – there’ll be days when you feel like it). She draws an easy-to-follow, and quite memorable, map of her travels from breast cancer neophyte to seasoned veteran.
As a prominent news executive, Madhulika had access to the most cutting edge data on the disease’s reach and impact. At the same time, she craved the community of frank talk and personal insight that we rely on in life’s toughest moments. This wonderfully inventive book navigates the world of science and story, bringing readers into Madhulika’s mind and experience in a way that demystifies breast cancer and offers new hope for those living with it.
“Breast cancer patients will fall in love with Sikka . . . a funny, chatty, and honest storyteller. Just what the doctor ordered.”—Booklist (starred)
“[Sikka’s] charming alphabetic compilation . . . is a warm and fuzzy friend to keep close during the cancer journey.”—Library Journal (starred)
“Sometimes humorous, always honest and straightforward, this little book offers the perfect combination of practical advice and personal musings to help any woman, her family and her friends handle the complicated road through Cancerland.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This useful and often amusing little book should be the first present you 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.”—Cokie Roberts, journalist and author of We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters
“Thank goodness for Madhulika Sikka! She is neither a warrior nor a hero. Her breast cancer made her neither sexy nor spiritually enlightened. She is simply a real woman with a real illness who tells it true: with grief, anger, wit, and great authenticity.”—Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
My take on this book:
A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulka Sikka provides insight and plenty of information whether you are going thru this dreaded diagnosis or just know someone who is! While each person's experience is unique reading this book may affirm some things they are experiencing but mostly it will allow them to know that they aren't alone in their experiences. Ms. Sikka writes in an easy to read manner making for a comfortable read that allows an up close look at what she experienced. I appreciated that she went into detail with not only the medical side of her experience but also a personal insight of how her world was changed. Overall this book would make a wonderful gift for anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but it is also great for anyone who wants to learn more about what to expect if someone they love finds themselves fighting breast cancer.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.