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Why I wore lipstick to my mastectomy

by Lucas, Geralyn.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 362.1 Luc
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  362.1 Luc
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction RC280.B8 L83 2004
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  RC280.B8 L83 2004
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 LUC
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  92 LUC
Springdale Free Public Library Adult Nonfiction 362.196 LUCA
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
Collection  Adult Nonfiction
Call Number  362.196 LUCA
A soulful, surprising coming of age journey by a dynamo who used her own adversity as a platform for examining issues all young women face.Having finished journalism school and landed her dream job at age 27, the last thing Geralyn Lucas expects to hear is a breast cancer diagnosis. She decides to go public with her disease despite fears about the backlash at work, and her bold choices in treatment are irreverent and uplifting. When her breast is under construction and her hair is falling out, her skirts get shorter. She goes to work every day and gets promoted. She has sex with her bandages on. She reinvents her beauty and in a bold move of conscious objection, forgoes the final phase of her breast reconstruction: the nipple. She is reborn in a tattoo parlor when she gets a heart tattoo where her nipple once was.Geralyn recovers from her mastectomy and chemo and has a baby in the same hospital where she was treated for cancer. What could have been a huge negative for this young cancer survivor became the impetus to examine her own sexuality and burgeoning womanhood. Virtually nothing has been written for women of a young age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This book also deals with the broader issue of self-acceptance that anyone grappling with questions of illness, self-image and sexuality can identify with.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lucas was 27, happily working as a 20/20 producer, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Suddenly, her world became a blur of appointments with surgeons and emotional breakdowns. Her book's catchy title belies its substantial content: this is an honest, perceptive memoir from a feisty survivor who's willing to discuss every detail, like getting sick in cabs during chemo treatments, baldness and sex. In fact, the book opens with Lucas, who's now 36, recounting her visit to a New York topless bar as she agonizes over losing a breast and contemplates reconstructive surgery. Lucas doesn't dismiss her fears; she talks about wanting to have a child and how her husband withdraws when so many other people step in to provide her with emotional support. What makes her memoir so moving is the author's breezy style and her focus on the daily details of her illness ("I am in the shower, and when I start lathering my comb-over, most of it stays in my hands. The big patches of hair just come out. No warning"). The story of Lucas's recovery, and of the birth of her daughter, make her book surprisingly optimistic and immensely empowering. Agent, Joelle Delbourgo. (Oct. 14) Forecast: Sales will get a boost from fashion designer Betsey Johnson's T-shirt celebrating Lucas's book, Stila's "Geralyn" lipstick, and promotions with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Young Survival Coalition. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lucas, Geralyn -- Health.
Breast -- Cancer -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xv, 208 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0312334451
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