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Then came life : living with courage, spirit, and gratitude after breast cancer

by Lucas, Geralyn,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection RC280.B8 L828 2014
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  RC280.B8 L828 2014
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction RC280.B8 L828 2014
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  RC280.B8 L828 2014
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 LUCAS
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  92 LUCAS
Sewickley Public Library Biography B LUCAS 2014
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B LUCAS 2014
Shaler North Hills Library Biography 92 LUCAS
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  92 LUCAS
The author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy dares all women who have had a stumble in life to harness their fighting spirit and stand back up with courage and optimism.
One mastectomy, two C-sections, three pant's sizes, and lots of red lipstick later, Geralyn Lucas is dealing with the same issues as other women her age. Her miracle babies have grown into a typical tween with a fierce eye-roll for her mom's failings and a tornado of a little boy who won't play by his preschool's rules. Her storybook romance with her husband has spiraled into couples therapy and her perfect-if-demanding corporate job as a TV producer has abandoned her for L.A. When she looks in the mirror at her hard-won wrinkles, all she wants is . . . Botox.
Celebrating her sweet sixteen cancerversary she's thankful for her second chance and ready to be daring--but can she survive life's new ups and downs with the same courage she's always had?
With an infectiously hilarious voice and a true sense of empowerment, Geralyn harnesses her fighting spirit to live life loudly and lustily, and to grab on to all the moments that might never have happened. Knowing she can only pedal forward, she mines every day for boldness, joy, and gratitude, and eventually falls in love with life again. Then Came Life is not just for cancer survivors; it's for life survivors--a call to rediscover the resilience and optimism it takes to reinvent yourself at any age.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lucas was 27 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She wrote about her experiences in Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy (2004), empowering women with her bright spirit and humor in the face of adversity. Now, after two miracle kids, Lucas returns with this engagingly thoughtful and funny memoir. When facing son Hayden's antics at his preschool interview, she thinks, I want normal cells in my lungs and breast. But who wants a normal' kid? Hayden was in my life to keep wonder alive. When the family's beloved nanny is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Lucas reflects, this is our world now . . . the cancer side. The normal side . . . we can visit, but then we must return to the cancer side, where we belong. After exulting at a SoulCycling session (an invigorating indoor cycling workout) during her hard-won second act of parenting and career success, Lucas dares to hope for a third interlude out of the shadow of cancer that still seems to cast its darkness. An uplifting tale of survival, positive energy, and love.--Scott, Whitney Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Television producer and women's health advocate Lucas (Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy) was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy and treatment at age 27. Now 45, the survivor and mother of two reassesses life after cancer and discusses the challenges it entails, including fear of the cancer returning, uncertainty about the future, parenting struggles, marriage woes, and struggles with her identity as a stay-at-home mom. In addition to telling her story, Lucas explores the dangers and warnings associated with pregnancy after cancer. She also weighs in on political issues such as a bill that requires mammographers in New York to give patients with dense breasts the heads-up that additional screening methods may be needed; in the course of the book, the author's cousin falls victim to breast cancer after being misdiagnosed for this very reason. Lucas also deftly mines the topic of mother/daughter relationships, discussing her "enmeshment" with her teenage daughter and her sometimes-rocky connection with her own mom. Prone to self-criticism and with an affinity for Botox, Spanx, and antidepressants (as well as the red lipstick gives her courage), Lucas doesn't hold back as she confronts aging, negativity, and living fearlessly. This forthright tale of a woman facing her future after cancer will resonate with survivors as well as others caught in the throes of midlife. Agent: Joelle Delbourgo, Joelle Delbourgo Associates. (Oct.) (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, New York :2014
Language English
Description viii, 209 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781592408955
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