by Andrea Hutton
(Deckle Edge, July 7, 2015)
I hope you never need this wonderful, compassionate and informative book. Given that the American Cancer Society says that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are likely to get cancer in their lifetime, however; there is, unfortunately, a chance that at least someone close to you will need the wisdom that Andrea has collected here.
Bald is Better with Earrings is a human, witty chronicle of Andrea’s experience of having breast cancer; what helped to get her through the grueling process of recovery; what was less useful; and what to expect on the way. She shares her insightful perspectives and tons of tips, from the practical – how to get ready for a PET scan or choose a wig, to the emotional — how to break the news to your children or how to avoid blaming yourself for your illness.
The book is written about Andrea’s experience with breast cancer and, I think, would be an invaluable companion for anyone with that diagnosis. It could also be very helpful, comforting and informative for people facing any kind of cancer that requires significant treatment. Some elements will not apply to people with a different cancer, but the overall arc of treatment and recovery and the useful tips regarding managing all the tests, treatments and symptoms could be helpful to all.
In fact, I would recommend it to anyone who might support someone going through cancer. Having never had cancer myself, but having supported several close friends who have, I found it incredibly useful in laying out what goes on for cancer patients. Of course, everybody has different physical and emotional reactions and Andrea acknowledges that regularly in her book, but to get an inside look at the myriad of tests, what it’s like to go bald, or how a month of breast cancer awareness might impact someone who has or had breast cancer is eye-opening for all of us. After reading Bald is Better with Earrings I feel much clearer regarding what to expect, how to offer support and what to say when I support others dealing with cancer in the future. It packs a lot into a small book. Andrea has done a real service to all those who find themselves following in her footsteps.
If you get Bald is Better with Earrings, let me know, I’d love to hear what you think.
To Your Health,
* Along with my book, Everyday Healing, Bald is Better with Earrings was one of the books at Fran Drescher’s (actor and activist of The Nanny fame) Recommended Reading corner at Fran’s organization, Cancer Schmancer‘s, first annual Women’s Health Summit in October 2015. The Summit was powerful and inspiring, as were all the books and their authors. I want to share some of what I discovered there with you!