TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Book offers breast cancer patients lots of good information

By Terri Schlichenmeyer

Though you tried, there was really no way you could ignore it. The first time your fingertips spotted the lump, you were sure it was nothing. Just a little abnormality beneath the skin, probably one of those weird things everybody’s body does now and then.
But the lump was there the next time, and the next, and you couldn’t ignore it anymore. With a big lump in your throat (ironic, huh?) you saw your doctor and got the diagnosis you dreaded.
So what next? How can you get past breast cancer and stay well?
You can begin by finding “Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things You Can Do” by Greg Anderson.
Before you start reading, though, Anderson says to grab some paper and create a Wellness and Recovery Journal. Write whatever comes to mind: your insights, thoughts, fears, questions you have for your doctor, success stories. Paste in it articles you find interesting. Use it as a reference on your journey.
When you get a cancer diagnosis, it’s natural for your mind to do frantic loops of doom, but in order to get through what lies ahead, you need real answers. “Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things You Can Do” can help.
From the panic of first opinion to surgery and beyond, author Greg Anderson takes patients through every step as he offers nurturing advice along the way. There’s a lot of new information in this book, as well as plenty of common sense guidance of which breast cancer fighters need to be reminded. Anderson doesn’t step lightly here; he charges through the battlefield, which is the perfect tone.
Though bits of this book are a little on the new-agey side, “Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things You Can Do” would, overall, be of great benefit to patients. If you’ve just received the diagnosis that set your world a-tip, this is a book you can’t ignore.
Terri Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was 3 years old and never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in West Salem, Wis., with two dogs and more than 9,500 books.