"How can I know if I'm really cured?"
"Will anyone ever be attracted to me again?"
"Will I ever get to enjoy sex again?"
"It is safe for me to get pregnant?"
"How do I live well beyond menopause without estrogen replacement therapy?"
"What do I tell my boss?"
"My daughter wants to know if she's going to get breast cancer too. What should I tell her?"
If you are one of the 2.6 million women in the U.S. living beyond breast cancer, these may be some of the questions troubling you. You've been through diagnosis and treatment; now you're ready to move from "I have breast cancer" back to "I am leading a normal life." Living Beyond Breast Cancer will help you understand and manage the tough issues you face as you go on beyond treatment, and well into the future.
You'll learn how to become as healthy as possible for as long as possible by eating right, managing your weight, and finding an exercise program that works with your lifestyle. You'll find out what to do if you've got to stop taking hormones or want to start. You may also need advice on achieving intimacy and having a baby. You'll also find invaluable guidance on growing older and navigating troubling symptoms of menopause, particularly when they're brought on by chemotherapy or tamoxifen or by stopping hormone replacement therapy. A normal life includes dealing with job and health care issues and wills. So you'll find in-depth information on these subjects too.
You're a survivor, and you've got a future. This empathetic book, filled with comprehensive medical information, practical advice, and the voices of survivors who have lived through everything you're going through, will help you celebrate your second chance at living beyond breast cancer.
From the Trade Paperback edition.