Had I known a memoir of survival

by Lunden, Joan,

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In Had I Known, the former host of Good Morning America, health advocate, international speaker, mother of seven, grandmother of two, and New York Times bestselling author Joan Lunden speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it has had on her life. With a large extended family counting on her, giving up was not an option. After Joan announced her diagnosis of Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer on Good Morning America, people all over the country rallied around her as she went into warrior mode. Joan appeared on the cover of People magazine bald, showing the world her brave resolve and that breast cancer does not need to define you. Joan's illness has changed her in profoundly unexpected ways and has redefined her values{u2014}and, most of all, her health. Following a new clean and healthy way of eating, Joan became her own best advocate by taking control of her nutrition, which helped combat the adverse side effects of chemotherapy. Uncharacteristically vulnerable, irreverent, and straight from the heart, Had I Known is a deeply personal and powerful story of pain, persistence, and perseverance in which Joan openly evaluates her decision to go public with her battle, involving shaving her head, wig shopping, reconnecting with her viewers, rediscovering her purpose, and ultimately realizing that sometimes you have to look back to move forward.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this refreshingly candid memoir, Lunden, former cohost of ABC's Good Morning America, shares the story of her recent breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and her decision to appear bald-headed on the cover of People. The 64-year-old mother of seven (three from her first marriage and two sets of twins from her second) openly admits that some choices may have increased her risk, including hormone replacement supplements to avoid menopause symptoms, pumping more hormones into her body for unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization, and exercising and sleeping too little. Fortunately, she also diligently got annual mammograms, and because of her dense breasts, an ultrasound that revealed her 2.3-centimeter main tumor. Fans of inspirational quotes will like reading lines from such cancer survivors as Ingrid Bergman, Angelina Jolie, Diahann Carroll, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Crow, and John Wayne. And Lunden's fans will enjoy learning more about her life. With longtime coauthor and friend Morton, Lunden offers a chatty book with an empowering message for women with breast cancer.--Springen, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this memoir, Lunden, author (Wake-Up Calls) and former Good Morning America co-host, shares the details of her battle against breast cancer. In 2014, Lunden's cancer was discovered via ultrasound; an initial mammogram showed nothing out of the ordinary, but she requested the additional exam upon learning that her breasts were dense. The veteran journalist, who has long been an advocate for women's health, parallels her personal struggle with discussions of the importance of additional ultrasound testing for women with dense breasts, and she clearly describes the characteristics of triple negative breast cancer, which does not respond to treatments that target hormone receptors. Lunden emphasizes that each woman's breast cancer is unique, and that each patient needs to work closely with a knowledgeable team. Lunden is well aware of the uncommon blessings of her notoriety; after some indecision, she agrees to pose bald on a People magazine cover, using her public persona as a means of connecting with and informing others. Despite her celebrity status, many will relate to her desire to maintain a sense of normalcy in her family, her fears about death and recurrence, and her courage and strength. Lunden's forthright, informational, and intimate story will resonate with women from many walks of life, and particularly with those who have confronted this formidable disease. Agent: Ellen Geiger, Ellen Geiger Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Lunden, Joan
Journalists United States Biography
Television personalities United States Biography
Breast cancer patients' writings, American
Biography & Autobiography
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Harper2015
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780062404114
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