After the Cure: The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors

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Abel , Saskia K. Most narratives about surviving breast cancer end with the conclusion of chemotherapy and radiation, painting stereotypical portraits of triumphantly healthy survivors, women who not only survive but emerge better and stronger than before. This book received funding from the Susan G.

After the Cure

Remedying Managing and Making Do. Like Talking to a Wall. Turning a Bad Experience into Something Good. Subramanian , Patricia A. Ongoing side effects typically led to a withdrawal from work and social activities all while dealing with the burdens of medical appointments, bills, insurance problems, altered relationships, and physical and emotional suffering.

They contain elements of personal transformation as women learn to live with vulnerability and uncover inner resources. They also value the people in their lives who are willing to walk with them on the cancer path.

After the Cure: The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors by Emily Abel

The authors argue for a dismantling of the structures and ideals that encumber the lives of all disabled people p. Abel and Saskia K. Sometimes family members who provided essential support through months of chemotherapy and radiation don't believe them. Their work lives, already disrupted by both cancer and its treatment, are further undermined by the lingering symptoms.

The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors

And every symptom serves as a constant reminder of the trauma of diagnosis, the ordeal of treatment, and the specter of recurrence. Most narratives about surviving breast cancer end with the conclusion of chemotherapy and radiation, painting stereotypical portraits of triumphantly healthy survivors, women who not only survive but emerge better and stronger than before.

Here, at last, survivors step out of the shadows and speak compellingly about their "real" stories, giving voice to the complicated, often painful realities of life after the cure. This book received funding from the Susan G. Hardcover , pages.


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Academic but accessibly-written, this is a thorough and scientific look at the reality of life with and after breast cancer, in the United States. I recommend it for anyone researching or writing about breast cancer, and for patients and family who are concerned about what to expect from a cancer diagnosis. Jan 10, Elevate Difference rated it really liked it. The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors is, as the title states, a book about what happens to women after they have undergone treatment and their cancer is in remission. Most people assume that if a woman has battled breast cancer and lived to tell the tale, she must have a new lease on life and be living every day to its fullest.

Sadly, for many breast cancer survivors, this is just not the After the Cure: Sadly, for many breast cancer survivors, this is just not the case. After the Cure reveals that many survivors are plagued with severe after effects from their life saving treatments. Some of the effects are expected, such as fatigue and depression, but others—memory loss, for example—are surprising.

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The fact that these effects are, for the most part, unknown to the general public makes them all the more shocking. After the Cure was written by Emily Abel, a breast cancer survivor, and Saskia Subramanian, a medical sociologist.