MASTECTOMY: FROM DEVASTATION TO RESILIENCE explores the experiences of seven young mothers, from diagnoses up to several years after their operations. This inspirational book describes how these young mothers pulled themselves from devastation to resilience. The book provides valuable insights, not only for women with breast cancer, but for spouses, and other family members, caregivers, and medical professionals.
MASTECTOMY is dedicated to the resilient women who willingly shared their experiences with the hope of making the world a better place and to women everywhere devastated by breast cancer. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and as an e-book.
MASTECTOMY is a 364-page heartwarming book about seven young mothers as each faced her new existence. When abruptly diagnosed with breast cancer, they were forced to confront their own mortality. For many young women, mastectomy is the most devastating treatment imaginable—physically, emotionally, and mentally. The experience is ongoing. After the incision heals, psychological healing is only starting. They described their ups and downs, defeats and successes.
Their first concerns were for their families. As their concerns shifted from thoughts about dying to thoughts about living, they chose to make the most of their limited time on earth. Mastectomies afforded opportunities to recreate themselves. They were determined to fulfill their roles as mothers, and to make a difference for their children and future generations by participating in breast-cancer-related projects. The women described how pursuing worthwhile activities pulled them from Devastation to Resilience.
MASTECTOMY was written for husbands, family members, friends, associates, and medical professionals who care deeply about women living through and after the devastation of mastectomy. Seven young mothers openly disclose personal information about their bodies, their sexual behaviors, and their innermost hopes and fears. You will be amazed at how these women struggled to regain a sense of autonomy after realizing that they were no longer in control of their own bodies.
As you read about life after breast cancer, you will realize the need to listen to their fears, concerns, and discussions of their options. Above all, they need to know that you are there with them. A line from an old movie goes something like this: “Do you know what was worse than going to the dark side of the moon? It was going there alone.” When confronted with the devastating discovery of breast cancer, every woman needs information about her options. But even more, she needs to hear: “You are no less a woman. You are not in this alone — I am here with you.
A common thread weaves through all of the stories – these courageous women willed to live a full life despite their ordeals. By reading their stories about how they took charge of their lives and journeyed from devastation to resilience, I know you will be better prepared for the mastectomy experience as a patient, a doctor, a caregiver, a friend, or a family member. The book illuminates the world of mastectomy patients through their innermost thoughts, allowing the reader to feel their devastation and marvel at the ways they created resilience.
Dr. Patricia Morgan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Clarion Pennsylvania. Upon completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dr. Morgan taught psychology classes at Clarion University and then worked as lead therapist in the Family-based program at Northwest Human Development in Warren, Pennsylvania. Patricia started college part-time the same year that her son Jeff started first grade. After earning college degrees from Clarion University in business and psychology and a master’s degree in education, she worked as a trainer and consultant in areas related to communication skills, leadership training, and quality circles. Her work was recognized by being listed in Who’s Who of American Women, 1983-1984 and Who’s Who in the World, 1984-1985.
Dr. Morgan is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the International Positive Psychology Association. In addition to five college degrees, she is certified as a Parent Effectiveness Instructor, an Anger Management Facilitator, a Hypnotherapist, and an Executive Coach. She graduated from Redbank Valley High School, Clarion University, and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University. More information about the author is available on www.ClarionPsychologist.com
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