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Talk to the Head Scarf

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Emma was busy minding her own business when four little letters and one small number, BRCA1, threatened to turn her life upside down. Discovering the rare BRCA1 gene meant Emma had a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer and an 85 percent chance of developing breast cancer. This book tells her story.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Hodder Headline Ireland
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Mar 14, 2012 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Imagine you’re thirty-two, married, with two little children and you find out you’re carrying a deadly cancer gene? That was me in August 2005. I discovered I had the gene Brca1, which means a 50% chance of developing ovarian and an 85% chance of developing breast cancer. I had two options – wait for the big bad cancer wolf or have radical surgery. I chose the latter. Over the following year, I had a double mastectomy and both ovaries removed, which reduced my cancer risk to 5%. I was just ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Never did I think that reading a book about a woman who is currently on her seventh bout of cancer would be so uplifting. Not only is this one incredible story but it really makes you stop and think about all of the little things you let yourself get upset over that don't really matter. Everyone is different and has their own way of dealing with big events in their lives. Me and Emma Hannigan have one thing in common. If I am upset about something I let myself have my sad day and then its time ...more
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A brilliant read!
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In purchasing this book I did know I would be reading a story about cancer but I was pleasantly surprised by how well written it was and some of the humour that was throughout the book did help with the heavy subject matter, however I did feel that this book was more aimed at people/women who have been diagnosed with cancer.
This book contained what I'm sure is valuable information for someone who has had or has cancer I was reading as someone who has cancer in my family and although there were s
Oct 04, 2011 Carole rated it liked it
Emma is 32 she has the cancer gene
Her options are wait and see does she get it or have surgery to try and prevent it.
The book is Emma's journey with the disease and how she and her family deal with what life has thrown at them
There are times the book is boring others more then half way through when it is actually funny.
It is her third book and I suspect none of her books would have been printed except one of her best friends is the acclaimed author Cathy Kelly who encouraged her.
Her best book
Sharon Smyth
Apr 12, 2013 Sharon Smyth rated it it was amazing
What an honest, uplifting account of Emma's battle with her cancer. This book made me laugh and cry in equal measures. As I was dealing with my own illness at the time, I could relate to so much of what she had written in her book. It is a 'warts n all' account, but such a postive outlook, you can't help but admire her bravery, strength and tenacity. Well worth a read
Feb 12, 2013 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma is a beautiful writer so I liked this book very much, found the content sometimes hard to deal with and had to start another book whilst reading this but will definitely read more from this author as her first two are two of my favourite books. Thanks Emma for sharing your journey :)
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Mar 10, 2015 Patricia Mccullagh rated it really liked it
I read this book a few years ago but it was one of those books that was very thought provoking. It is well written and very sympathetically written from an author who has been through it herself.
Nov 22, 2013 Ghizlane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely memoire! the first time to read someone's fight against cancer in a funny way! She is strong , a fighter, a good mother! I wish I could know how things are going now!
Jul 01, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a brave lady that has beat cancer 6 times, a great book sad but funny at times, everyone should read this book, I would definetely recomend.
Jul 27, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
Emma juggles with Henry ( Cancer ) in an amazing and completely astonishing way - how she coped and is still coping is beyond words... she is awesome ... :)
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I live in Bray, Co Wicklow with my husband Cian and our son Sacha and daughter Kim and Tom the cat. I'm 38 years old, but in my own head I still believe I'm 25. Every now and then, I look in the mirror and wonders what’s happened to the face I used to own.

In August 2005, I discovered I was carrying the potentially deadly cancer carrying gene, BrCa 1. In plain English, this meant I had a whooping 8
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