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This comprehensive guide for mental health practitioners and medical professionals addresses the delicate issues surrounding breast cancer and the processes involved in emotional coping and healing. The book covers concerns of family members as well as women worried about developing breast cancer.

Setting the Stage
Setting the stage

When I entered her room, I remember feeling shocked by her appearance. She was bone-thin, with tiny wisps of hair remaining on her head, and so weak from the chemotherapy and the cancer that it took all her energy to talk to me. Despite her labored breathing, she spoke to me for over an hour about her fears and the pain of her many losses. Eventually, she collapsed back into her bed from exhaustion. This woman was an art teacher who felt devastated because she was no longer able to do even the simplest everyday things, never mind the activities that fulfilled her. She showed me photographs of herself and her family, pointing out that she felt like a shell ...

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