Award-winning blogger, breast cancer advocate and now author, Nancy Stordahl, takes a no-nonsense approach in engaging her audience. Her books “Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person” and “Getting Past The Fear: A Guide to Chemotherapy” are as relatable as they are helpful.
Mommy blogger Ashli Brehm got the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Raising three young boys with her husband, she didn’t have time for it; but cancer be damned, her sharp wit, unique perspective and sharing it all with her followers helped her push through. I promise you will love her as much as I do when you read her book – Wear the Damn Swimsuit.
A comic book like memoir, Teva Harrison, writes honestly about the struggles and realities of living with metastatic breast cancer. Diagnosed at 37, Teva confronts all of her emotions while balancing her relationships with family, friends and her husband. Teva also published a coloring book that is a wonderful tool when you need to focus on absolutely nothing.
The first person with metastatic breast cancer I found on social media was Lisa Bonchek Adams. Lisa was prolific, insightful, honest and pulled no punches. Lisa’s blog included poetry in addition to health updates and deep thoughts about the future for her children and her husband without her in it. After her metastatic diagnosis, she became disenchanted with the pink ribbon culture. Her blog posts about her strong feelings were featured in an article from The Daily Beast. Like countless others, I found her inspirational and a source of comfort with my own struggle living with this diagnosis. Lisa died in 2015. Her family lovingly put her blog together as a book and published it as a memoir.
Kate Pickert thought she understood the delicate balance that existed in the medical arena until her own health crisis changed everything. Kate’s own breast cancer diagnosis made her realize what a huge disconnect there is between public perspective and what patients really live through. Radical unwraps all the pink ribbons and brings everything we know, everything we thought we knew and reports on what’s changed and those who were responsible for all the forward strides.