Is breast cancer a laughing matter? Jill Foer Hirsch tells us that while it might not be true for everyone, she couldn’t help but laugh at the unexpected, bizarre and downright hilarious experiences she had while working her way through a mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstruction surgery.
What’s so funny about breast cancer? Let’s see, reconstruction surgery that included implanting oxygen sensors in her breasts, writing heartfelt breast cancer haikus, and her knack for styling hospital gowns with high heels and sparkly jewelry, to name a few. Of course there was also the breast implant that slid over several inches and created a side/armpit boob she sported for 6 months.
Voiced in the chatty informal way you might speak with a close friend, Hirsch’s book takes the reader from the sublime to the ridiculous. In her witty, inimitable style, Hirsch shares the good, the bad, the ugly and the funny about her journey.
“An amusing handbook for many navigating the scary terrain of cancer, the author offers a blueprint to settle the fears of treatment and recovery. With a fun, sassy perspective, this book is a real gift for anyone starting their fight and hoping they don’t have to take everything so seriously!” —Craig Price, author of Half a Glass: The Realist's Guide
“After years of looking after hundreds of breast cancer patients, I am constantly amazed at the level of optimism. This book is a symposium of that optimism, expressed in a funny, yet thoughtful way. Books have been written about surgery, recovery, and choices in breast cancer treatment, yet this is an excellent addition as a personal journey. It is heartfelt and sensitive in a way that reflects a triumphant arrival at the destination, having beaten breast cancer.” —Steven P. Davison, MD, FACS
“I’m a reluctant user of adjectives, but this book is truly awesome, profound, and laugh-out-loud funny. There is nothing funny about cancer; there is something funny about surviving cancer with humor. The author takes us on a very personal journey with a simple message: 'laugh with me, celebrate life with me, and if possible please give me an award so I can make a graceful acceptance speech.' Read this book and delight in her perceptions about dancing through life, with or without music.” —Mimi Krumholz, MA, Clinical Psychology