"Her writing sparkles with clarity and wisdom throughout" —Kirkus Reviews "Dunnewold approaches the difficult subject with warmth, eloquence, and wit." —IndieReader
Mary Dunnewold was a yoga-practicing, organic-food-eating health geek. But six months
after a clear mammogram, she was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer. She had six tumors. The largest was
the size of a summer plum.
In the next two years, she endured a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation,
and multiple reconstruction procedures. But she soon learned that navigating cancer involves more than suffering
through the treatment gauntlet. How do you walk the aisles of the small-town Target, guilty of having cancer
in public, wondering who knows and who doesn’t. Where do you look when the handsome plastic surgeon kneels in
front of you to measure your body fat? What etiquette applies when, during a dinner party, your chest splits
open like an overripe watermelon?
In this memoir, the author moves from needing a reason to explain her troubles to finding
meaning despite the randomness that afflicts us all.