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Memoir of a Debulked Woman by Susan Gubar
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May 02, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from May 02 to 03, 2012

If you're looking for a book that is full of cheerful platitudes and blind hope, this is not for you. In fact, in the introduction, Gubar writes, "...For those who have reason to believe or need to believe that their cancer is curable, please remember this book is not about you...." After seeing the relentless ravages of ovarian cancer up close and personal for over 2 years, this book accurately captures the devastating diagnosis and the limits of medicine. A cancer that has such a high morbidity rate - that hasn't changed much since the 1970s - receives so little attention. Gubar weaves in her own experiences with literature, other patients' experiences, medical studies and advocacy. She manages to talk about what it means to live with a terminal disease and how she sees dying, without being too morbid or preachy. Rather than submit to the "tyranny of positive thinking," as psycho-oncologist Jimmie Holland calls it, Gubar writes with candor and courage about an experience that has been undocumented for too long.
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