Why I Wore Lipstick to My Masectomy
St. Martin's Press
On Sale: September 9, 2004
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Non-Fiction Memoir | Self-Help Health
A soulful, surprising coming of age journey by a dynamo who
used her own adversity as a platform for examining issues
all young women face.Having finished journalism school and
landed her dream job at age 27, the last thing Geralyn Lucas
expects to hear is a breast cancer diagnosis. She decides to
go public with her disease despite fears about the backlash
at work, and her bold choices in treatment are irreverent
and uplifting. When her breast is under construction and her
hair is falling out, her skirts get shorter. She goes to
work every day and gets promoted. She has sex with her
bandages on. She reinvents her beauty and in a bold move of
conscious objection, forgoes the final phase of her breast
reconstruction: the nipple. She is reborn in a tattoo parlor
when she gets a heart tattoo where her nipple once was.
Geralyn recovers from her mastectomy and chemo and has a
baby in the same hospital where she was treated for cancer.
What could have been a huge negative for this young cancer
survivor became the impetus to examine her own sexuality and
burgeoning womanhood. Virtually nothing has been written for
women of a young age who have been diagnosed with breast
cancer. This book also deals with the broader issue of
self-acceptance that anyone grappling with questions of
illness, self-image and sexuality can identify with.
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