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Thanks for the Mammogram!
From Library Journal
As her previous book titles imply (Dated Jekyll, Married Hyde; Love Handles for the Romantically Impaired), journalist and author Walker tries to see the humor in all situations. Her experience with breast cancer is no exception. Diagnosed eight years ago, the day after her first wedding anniversary, she initially responded with disbelief, but her support network, including a mother who survived breast cancer, a loving husband, and friends helped her through mastectomy, reconstruction, and high-dose chemotherapy. With candor, she relates those glorious moments of heaving and hairlessness to which most cancer patients will relate. Walker is also a religious woman (her spiritual nature precludes the raw language of other personal narratives), and she credits her faith as well as her sense of humor with getting her through. Though her stories are amiable, they aren't as funny or wise as those found in Joyce Wadler's My Breast (LJ 9/15/92) or Julia Sweeney's God Said, "Ha!" (LJ 6/15/97). Recommended for patient health collections in search of religious titles.DBette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal"
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Could anyone write a humorous book about breast cancer? By sharing the story that began with her diagnosis on her first wedding anniversary, Walker has. "Some couples get monogrammed stationery, or beautiful coffee table books or colorful picnic ware," she writes. "I got cancer. Not exactly a gift that can be returned." She blends irreverent humor with her actor husband's creative approach to cancer--he wrote a song, "Mammories," to the tune of "Memories" from Cats-- and once more verifies the healing power of laughter and optimism in the face of fear, pain, and even baldness. Walker may do more than any dry tract could to help women toward early detection and prompt, aggressive treatment. Whitney Scott
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