- Written from several survivors' viewpoints
- Language is accessible, non-medical, easy to understand
- Nonjudgmental, no agenda is pushed on the reader
- Well formatted, easy to use information
- Great resources and practical checklists
- No advice on how to make surgical decision (lumpectomy vs. mastectomy)
Guide Review - Now What? A Patient's Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy
About six weeks after Linda's recovery, Amy went for a routine mammogram, was advised to have a breast biopsy, and found that, at age 39, she had developed early stage invasive breast cancer. After weighing her decisions with her personal risk factors, she had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. In her book "Now What?" Amy and her sisters tell their own stories briefly, and focus on the practical details of getting through the barrage of decisions and details that come with a breast cancer diagnosis. If that path leads to a mastectomy, then this book will provide excellent practical advice for preparing for every step of the process.
This book is one to keep with you as you prepare for surgery, consider reconstruction (or not), recover from surgery, and move on into follow-up care. The authors share a good list of questions to ask your surgeon, practical checklists for home recovery, and a very honest section devoted to dealing with the range of emotions that mastectomy can bring. Other voices of survivors are included, giving their personal stories and insight. Readers and easily see that the Curran sisters know that there is no "one-size fits-all solution" to recovery from a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy. They have talked to previvors as well as survivors, and aimed to cover complications, physical recovery, and emotional acceptance.
Even though this is a relatively short book at 192 pages, it is packed from start to finish with information that you can put to use: resources, glossary, book list, forms to log drain fluids and medications. The book is well formatted, making it easy to flip through and pick out the advice that you need quickly. A good index allows you to reference terms and information with very little work. I would recommend this book for newly diagnosed patients, who are very likely to pass it along to others for their benefit.
Who Should Buy This Book
Author:Amy Curran Baker
Publisher: Demos Health
ISBN 13: 9781936303250
Published: December 2011
List Price: $16.95
Ebook: Kindle $9.63, Google eBook $9.99
Book Details: Paperback, 192 pages