Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-shares is Now Available

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Let Me Get This Off My Chest is my collection of essays, anecdotes, life lessons, and tips surrounding my two experiences with breast cancer, the first as the mother of a two year old, and the second time with my recurrence twelve years later.

When I started talking about my surgery in conversations online, the word “mastectomy” was hard to write. I’m over that now, so everyone else should be too. (Eyes up here.) In all seriousness, I did notice that a few people, especially men, seemed uncomfortable with the idea and subject of mastectomy. One of the reasons for this book was to further the discussion on the topic and to, hopefully, help de-stigmatize it. There really is no reason for people to be squeamish about the topic. Really, in the scheme of terrible things that can go wrong with the human body medically, there are far worse things that can happen than mastectomy and reconstruction. (Not that it is in any way easy. Not in the least.)

So far, I’ve been able to share my story with a few breast cancer survivors. After they’ve read the book, they’ve shared their stories with me. I have a feeling our conversation is just getting started, and I look forward to more dialogue with other women, hearing about their experiences and fears, their hopes, and their triumphs.

This project has been much more difficult and encompassing than I thought it would be—it’s taken over my head space and kept me up at nights--but it’s also been rewarding in ways I couldn’t have imagined. It’s been a mostly wonderful experience. I hope readers will find something helpful, at least hopeful, within its pages.

Available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon, and in paperback on Barnes & Noble.


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