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Thousands of members of MyBCTeam connect with one another and read each other's stories to gain perspective and validation about living with cancer. Another way to discover how to live better with breast cancer is through books written by people who have this condition. We combed through member book recommendations and collected a list of the most popular.
1. B is for Breast Cancer: From anxiety to recovery and everything in between - a beginner's guide by Christine Hamill
Hamill began this self-help book and breast cancer roadmap on the day she was diagnosed. From the emotional and physical toll the disease had on her body, to what kind of waterproof mascara could withstand her tears, this book details the ups and downs of battling breast cancer.
2. Mummy's Lump by Gillian Forrest and Sarah Garson
This free, downloadable children's book is a necessity for mothers with breast cancer. It is not easy to explain to small children when their mother is battling cancer, but this book makes it easier to open the lines of communication.
3. Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, 5th Edition by Dr. Susan Love
This piece of medical literature has been called "a bible for the newly diagnosed." It has been revised through the years to benefit those at any stage in their breast cancer journeys. From prevention to recovery, Dr. Love's book is a must-read for informational guidance and emotional reassurance.
4. The Breast Cancer Survival Manual, Sixth Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide for Women with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer by John Link, MD
This medical manual on breast cancer treatments and care by renowned oncologist Dr. John Link is filled with tips for self-advocacy, information on genetic testing, all current treatment options, and so much more.
Check out some book recommendations and favorites from members of MyBCTeam:
"Relaxing Sunday. Laundry, groceries and reading a good book. You need these kind of days."
"I am in the process of battling breast cancer for the second time but I remember when I was diagnosed the first time (2015). Like you I was befuddled, everything happened so fast and I was given so much literature to read."
"I’m up at 4 am reading a bunch of stuff about fatty liver and Arimidex. At least it gives me something to do."
What book about breast cancer do wish you knew about when you were first diagnosed? Share in the comments below!