A Breast Cancer Alphabet

Author(s): Madhulika Sikka
Original Publish Date: Feb 25, 2014
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (2.53 hours)
Product Number: Z100063111
Released: Feb 25, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780804192804
Narrator/s: Madhulika Sikka
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A definitive and approachable guide to life during, and after, breast cancer The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Madhulika Sikka's A Breast Cancer Alphabet offers 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 Alphabet is 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 cliche 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.

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Author(s): Madhulika Sikka
Product Number EB00154548
Released: Feb 25, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: #9780385348522

Professional reviews

"In these 26 short personal essays, Sikka shares her musings and observations on being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. As executive producer of NPR, Sikka is aware of the power of spoken words, and her reading is enriched by that understanding. Her slightly British-sounding voice infuses the reading with the warmth, personal experience, and attitude that only she could bring. ÒJ Is for JourneyÓ questions societyÕs need to transform this disease into a mystical journey, and ÒQ Is for QuittingÓ gives listeners permission to give up when they feel like it. Sikka couches insights in the practical and often poignant language of her own experience (Òyou will find . . .Ó and ÒdonÕt be surprised if . . .Ó) rather than the neutral language of medicine. This is valuable information many listeners will find helpful and comforting. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"