The Bottom Line
- Honest and engaging, hard issues (recurrence and death) are not avoided
- Clear prose, easy to read and understand, with glossary of medical terms
- Each author has a unique perspective which complements the others' stories
- None of these women whine or whimper; they fight with great energy
- The four-author format in each chapter is sometimes cumbersome
- Four women, ages 24 - 30, compiled their breast cancer experiences in order to help other young women.
- This book is a portable support group for women of any age, but will be especially helpful to younger women.
- The authors will donate part of the proceeds from this book’s sale to several nonprofit breast cancer organizations.
- Awarded the Natalie Davis Springarn Writer’s Award in May 2007 from the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship.
- Published by Da Capo Press, Lifelong Books. Copyright 2006. 283 pages. ISBN-10: 0-7382-1086-2. Available in paperback.
- Nordie’s At Noon – The Personal Stories Of Four Women “Too Young” For Breast Cancer
Guide Review - Nordie's at Noon - a Breast Cancer Memoir
"There is no rhyme or reason to why you get cancer. No one promises you the answer." - PattiThis book takes you by chapters through the complete cancer journey - finding the lump, being diagnosed, sorting through treatment options, having surgery, reconstruction, chemo and radiation. Each author steps up to the microphone and gives her angle on what it was like for her. This is a strength and a weakness of this book - sometimes it's hard to keep the authors' voices separate.
"I decided to focus on living and taking chances." - JenThe Nordie's girls dish about relationships and intimacy, and how they related to their own, or others' children. Jennifer, pregnant when diagnosed, rejoices when her baby is born with a full head of hair, with no ill effects from her chemotherapy. Two of the women experienced a recurrence to their bones. They tell honestly of the pain and emotions that follow, along with their acceptance of support and renewed treatments. In the chapter "Two Weeks," the foursome deal with Patti's death. The grace with which Patti speaks of her own approach to dying and resolving her life experience is so peaceful that she removes fear and dread from the scene.
These young warriors will inspire you - on with the fight!