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Naked In The Wind - Chemo, Hairloss and Deceit

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Shirley Ann Ledlie, former UK magazine columnist, experienced what thousands of women are diagnosed with every year. The memoir begins AFTER her breast cancer treatment ends and a different battle begins. It quickly becomes a mission to uncover the truth about this little known side-effect all women (and men) should know about. With unstoppable determination her conflict w ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 16th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 11th 2014)
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Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Independent publishing has changed the world. No longer can big institutions – government, corporations, or establishments – silence those who would speak. Shirley Ledlie has shared her story of adversity in her book Naked in the Wind: Chemo, hairloss and deceit. As part of her treatments for breast cancer, she is given a chemotherapy agent that results not in temporary baldness, but permanent baldness. Shocked by this disfigurement, she seeks answers, and learns that many, many women have had t ...more
Julie Haigh
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of memoirs, particulary medical memoirs
Recommended to Julie by: We Love Memoirs Group Author-Member
Moving, Memorable And Inspiring.

I loved this book-quite a different approach to a memoir of this type, but, it works really well. Shirley's memoir begins after her fight for life-she has had all the tests, diagnosis, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, hair loss etc. then, devastating and final, she is told her hair is never going to grow back. Maybe her reasons for not including all her experiences of her Breast Cancer are that she wanted a different memoir to all the rest where they mainly tell of the
Pat Ellis
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Author has taken-on Cancer & undergone treatment which is where this Memoir begins on it's 7 year trip.... Life is taking a turn for the better - or is it... !! It's always difficult to say you 'loved' a Memoir when the subject is likely to have been sole-destroying for the Author - but, I really couldn't put this book down and have no hesitation in recommending it. Devastating side-effects come to the fore - Shirley Ledlie comes across as a tenacious, brave lady who likes a giggle and loves ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, memoirs, health
This memoir is Shirley’s story of her battle with a French drug company when the combination of chemotherapy drugs she was given for her breast cancer left her with an unpleasant side effect. Having come through the cancer treatment and at a time when life should have been getting back to normal she was told some devastating news that would change her life forever.

This is a very personal journey full of raw emotions, anger and pain; it is not an easy story to read, but it is one that needs to b
Sandra McKenna
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one gutsy lady.
After receiving treatment for breast cancer and suffering permanent hair loss, Shirley is determined to receive answers for this mistreatment of her, and others facing the same problem.
She has a long battle ahead, with the drug company and medical professionals, and none of them are willing to take responsibility.
A very moving and heart-wrenching memoir, which also contains the writer's fabulous sense of humour.
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naked in the Wind by Shirley Ledlie is the story of what happens after the cocktail of drugs she was given as treatment for breast cancer leaves her with permanent hair loss. I can’t even begin to imagine what that would be like but I can totally understand her quest to find a cure.
Finally she realises that it’s not going to happen and seeks to find out why she is one of the few this drug has affected in this way. She sets up a support group and discovers that her case is not rare as she has be
Jill Stoking
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve just finished this book and need to post a review while the emotion aroused in me is still raw. Shirley is one of an elite company of women who have lost their hair as a result of treatment for breast cancer. Temporary hair loss is a given but for a percentage of women, who were given this particular drug, the hair loss was permanent and nobody thought to inform them that this was a possible outcome. I found myself reading this book out loud to feel the emotion that Shirley imparts so eloqu ...more
E.J. Bauer
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a breast cancer survivor. My journey through diagnosis, surgery, chemo and radiotherapy was all I was promised it would be. I lost my hair as did the author, but my hair grew back. My own experience made this author's fight for recognition and some semblance of justice all the more poignant. Your frustration levels will be tested as you read of the endless red tape and brick walls involved in trying to hold a drug company and medical consultants to account. There are also delightful intermi ...more
Susan Keefe
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this amazing story, not only does the author tell her readers of her very personal fight against breast cancer, but also the effects of the cocktail of chemotherapy drugs she was prescribed to cure it.

When ill, we are vulnerable, we trust those who are treating us, and Shirley was no different. However, when these people let us down not many people a brave enough to stand up against them like Shirley Ledlie. Her treatment left her with permanent hair loss, something which may have been avoide
Lucy Lang
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author of this memoir is one brave lady who as a vulnerable cancer patient took on the big drug companies. This entailed doing battle in French at high powered meetings in Paris. I admire her spirit, humour and courage. Ledlie has a pleasing writing style, which makes easy reading. Having endured the same drugs myself during cancer treatment, I realize I had a narrow escape!
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Shirley Ledlie's memoir was an eye opener into the drug company's power and deceit. After realizing her hair isn't growing back after breast cancer treatment, Ms. Ledlie's determination to uncover the truth about the drug she was given leads her on a seven year journey. The cover-up and lies has left hundreds of women with permanent hair loss. It only goes to say that all of us should do our own research into the drugs drs. try to push on us. Bravo Mrs. Ledlie for your courage and for never givi ...more
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Shirley is a former weekly columnist for the Bella magazine, author of three books, numerous media articles and she is never short of invitations to take part in podcast/radio interviews.

Currently, Shirley is writing short fiction stories for women's mags and working on her first novel, which she's very excited about: 'it's a psychological suspense thriller inspired by a true story.' There is als

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