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Now What?: A Patient's Guide to Recovery after Mastectomy

by Amy Curran Baker

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It is such a thrill to see a mass produced book aimed for those going through the difficult times of cancer diagnosis. However, as inclusive as Baker's book tries to be,it fails. Much of "Now What?" is focused on reconstructive surgery and the impact mastectomies have on nuclear, female-caregiver households. Very few of Baker's words address the world of a younger (or not), single female, and what SHE is going through; nor is there enough of a comment on life after surgery without cosmetic breast augmentation. There is one paragraph on this decision to reconstruct or not, on page 11; afterwards the rest of the novel is based solely on the decision to reconstruct. Hardly a book that would be received by much of the population of breast cancer survivors. The only redeemable part of this book is the final chapter, chapter 5, which holds blank sheets to chart progress and helps the reader keep track of medications and such. What a shame this book wasn't better. ( )
  kristincedar | Jan 26, 2013 |
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This "Patient's Guide to Recovery after Mastectomy" was an easy,
understandable read which is good when one is under stress and not
always thinking straight. The chapters are laid out in a natural
progression and the index at the back of the book was handy for looking
up a topic quickly. The author tells her story in the first person,
enabling the reader to relate to her experiences. Along with that
perspective, there is a chapter called "Voices" which includes stories
and experiences of other cancer survivors which truly helps one to see
that they are not alone. A well thought out, helpful book. ( )
  BlackjackNY | Jul 3, 2012 |
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I took this book to work, I'm an oncology nurse, and had a couple of the doctors & other nurses look it over after I did. Everyone thought it was useful and accessible for our breast patients. I will add it to my "lending library" and gladly recommend it. ( )
  SallyApollon | Jun 26, 2012 |
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It is sad when one member of a family gets the breast cancer diagnosis, but for the author it was a recurrent theme due to her family medical history. Amy Curran Baker, MA, OTR/L received her diagnosis of breast cancer two months after caring for her sister, Linda Curran, MSN,APRN. Linda, specializing in women's health, and being a mastectomy patient; joined her sister Mary Beth Curran Brown RN, and the three sisters have written a first hand account of a patient's guide, from making difficult decisions confronting them to post-surgical concerns.

Some of the contents are hints, such as holding a pillow to your chest to ease discomfort when coughing;other helpful items are illustrations tastefully done to show implant options. Other helpful items are post0surgicazl instructions, a glossary of terms, a list of useful products and resources for additional help.

I highly recommend this book as an invaluable resource from day one of diagnosis to post-reconstruction. Key issues are covered by the sisters in an easy-to-read book. Because everyone's experience will differ slightly, Ms. Baker has included over 50 other mastectomy and reconstruction experiences. Feeling less alone during a very daunting and overwhelming process, this resource can be used and then passed on. A never-ending gift from breast cancer survivors that can be shared over and over again until a cure is found for this dreaded disease.. ( )
  bakersfieldbarbara | Jun 18, 2012 |
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I wish I had this book three years ago when I had a double mastectomy and reconstruction! The author provides much first-hand information about available options, preparing for the surgery, after care, and the emotional journey of the entire experience. Although the emphasis throughout the book is on prophylactic surgery and reconstruction, those of us who had or are about to have the entire surgery/chemo/radiation/possible-complications adventure will benefit from the material presented here. ( )
  HouseofPrayer | Jun 13, 2012 |
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In 2008, Amy Curran Baker was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma and opted for bilateral mastectomy with Direct to Implant Reconstruction. Within three weeks of being diagnosed she had a mastectomy and was on the road to recovery. But after the surgery she had a lot of questions, the same that most women will have. As an Occupational Therapist, she knew some of the answers from her own clinical training and experience. But many more came from speaking with other women who had undergone mastectomies, from researching message boards, and a little bit of luck.… (more)

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