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Beauty without the breast

Author: Felicia Marie Knaul
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard Global Equity Initiative, [2012]
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Knaul, Felicia Marie.
Beauty without the breast.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard Global Equity Initiative, ©2012
(OCoLC)780334060
Named Person: Felicia Marie Knaul
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Felicia Marie Knaul
ISBN: 9780982914441 098291444X
OCLC Number: 1105200628
Notes: "Originally published in Spanish"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 384 pages) : color illustrations.
Contents: Part 1 Doubting --
Chapter 1 Could it be ...? 3 --
Mammogram at 40 3 --
The mammogram and the precipice 6 --
What is a BI-RADS? 12 --
I am not overreacting 16 --
Tell me I am overreacting! 21 --
Next steps; first decision 24 --
Chapter 2 Pause to enjoy the world of the healthy 27 --
The wait 27 --
Disneyland ... To go or not to go 32 --
Though it sounds childish: The magic of Disney 38 --
Part 2 Knowing --
Chapter 3 It is 43 --
The biopsy: Now I know 43 --
Lunch in Tlalpan 49 --
One afternoon to get my life in order 53 --
Hannah's question 57 --
Chapter 4 Meeting my altered-self 61 --
Becoming a patient 61 --
The first surgery 67 --
The first night 70 --
My mother 75 --
Next steps amid tribulations 78 --
Celebrate life as if you were healthy 84 --
Decisions, round one 88 --
Part 3 Accepting --
Chapter 5 Tómatelo a Pecho 95 --
The birth of an idea 95 --
Juanita 106 --
Chapter 6 A tempest of decisions 109 --
Facing my fear 109 --
The friendly tumor board 111 --
I am cancerous 116 --
My first, second opinion 120 --
Alone, for the first time 123 --
Chapter 7 In search of answers 129 --
The trip to Seattle 129 --
A cancer hospital with a view of the bay 132 --
Some answers and more questions 134 --
Navigating the labyrinth 140 --
Chapter 8 Time with friends 143 --
Decisions 143 --
Cushions 145 --
Moving forward 147 --
Chapter 9 To mastectomize or not to mastectomize? 151 --
Confusion 151 --
My first MRI 154 --
Results and progress 157 --
A gift to myself: painting with hospitalized children 160 --
The second trip to Seattle 166 --
Radiation or mastectomy 168 --
I finally cry 170 --
Part 4 Embarking --
Chapter 10 A farewell to health 175 --
Bridging the worlds of the healthy and the sick 175 --
Sky, sand, sea, and moon 176 --
The rock of singing seals 178 --
Mastectomy is right for me 179 --
Inner peace 183 --
Chapter 11 The mastectomy 187 --
The surgery will be in Mexico 187 --
Presenting Tómatelo a Pecho 188 --
The mastectomy 190 --
I can do this 194 --
Chapter 12 Facing Chemotherapy 199 --
Concentration camps and chemotherapy 199 --
Becoming a patient 202 --
With Maha's help 208 --
Chapter 13 Preparing for chemotherapy 211 --
The wig business 211 --
Looking in the mirror 217 --
Breast 'inflation' 219 --
Acapulco 220 --
Chapter 14 The first dose: FEC #1 225 --
The haircut 225 --
The day before 228 --
The day finally arrives 233 --
Chemotherapy begins 238 --
Unveiling the wigs 243 --
Part 5 Learning --
Chapter 15 I lose my hair and rediscover myself 251 --
The loss begins 251 --
I decide to live life 253 --
Helping Maha to assimilate loss 257 --
Hair just keeps falling 259 --
With Hannah, I manage to end the endless hair loss 261 --
I develop a new identity 263 --
Chapter 16 Life with chemotherapy 269 --
Coping strategies 269 --
Healing myself through exercise 272 --
Taking heart: opportunities to enjoy life 274 --
Finding inspiration 275 --
Chapter 17 Expectations mold perceptions 283 --
My last dose of chemotherapy 283 --
Venturing back 284 --
Sepsis 287 --
Part 6 Surviving, living, and giving --
Chapter 18 Entering survivorship 297 --
Why survivorship 297 --
Life post-chemotherapy 302 --
Chapter 19 Living survivorship 311 --
Some surprising improvements 314 --
Breast reconstruction ... an ongoing dilemma 320 --
Sexual non-health 328 --
Ongoing challenges 334 --
Living with the fear of recurrence 340 --
Chapter 20 The many forms of prayer 345 --
I was blessed with many prayers 345 --
Giving back is a way of healing 349.
Other Titles: Tómatelo a Pecho.
Responsibility: Felicia Marie Knaul ; forewords by Julie R. Gralow and Paul Farmer ; epilogue by Julio Frenk.

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