Bald is Better with Earrings: A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer by Andrea Hutton

Review:

Product DetailsI don’t know about you, but I found this title irresistible. It perfectly conveys the attitude and topic of the book. With so many risk factors for breast cancer and so many women diagnosed every year, I can’t see how it’s ever too early to learn a bit about it. I knew the basics on what people do after being diagnosed, like get treatment and that it will likely involvement radiation, but I never knew the little things about it. Like what do people go through when they get radiation treatment?

This book does a little bit of the scientific and medical speak to get the reader familiar with what’s going on in the body of a patient, but that’s not what it’s really about. Bald is Better with Earrings is really about getting through it as best you can. I had listened to the audiobook, which is a short 5 hours, and loved the way she broke down getting through it all. Each chapter covers a different part of the process and includes personal tips on how to get through each part.

To be specific, the book is broken down into 10 chapters that covers everything from suspecting that there’s a problem to the last day of treatment. My favorite part was the way she talks about talking to other people. Okay, I haven’t had cancer, but I have dealt with the insane things people say when they don’t know what to say. She has tips for that too. While Hutton does consistently relay her experiences with breast cancer, this isn’t a memoir. It’s definitely a guide.

I can’t speak to how great it is for helping someone newly diagnosed get through their treatment, but Goodreads has plenty of reviews that are #ownvoices and quite favorable. For those of us who have not had cancer, it’s a great insight into what it’s like and how people deal with it and just might help us help them more. There’s even a section on the support caregivers need and what those of us who are not the direct caregivers can do to support the family.

My copy came from the library but feel free to add it to Goodreads and/or buy it down the road.

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