Winning the Chemo Battle

“Dear Joyce, I have just won the Chemo Battle and I can thank you for much of it! I found your book early in my treatment. Not only was it a marvelous resource book about things the oncologist didn’t say, but it affirmed that someone else had experienced the same fears and horrors of chemotherapy. I have shared your book with many others. It should be mandatory reading for anyone with breast cancer.” Fan letter from a breast cancer survivor, 1988.
Here is the only breast cancer book by a “woman on the street,” not a celebrity, not a doctor, not someone thanking their spouse or partner without whom they would never have survived, but one of the thousands of divorced moms with two teenagers in college dealing with breast cancer.   This book will be of immense value to cancer patients and their families who have undergone or who are going into chemotherapy.  It provides the information and inspiration on coping with a treatment, whose side effects can be as devastating as the disease it is meant to cure.  You will laugh out loud and cry along with Joyce Slayton Mitchell for every little vignette and imagined outcome that she describes!

Still Winning – 29 Years Later
When you are in your 40’s and 50’s and in the throes of dealing with breast cancer and the dreaded chemotherapy that goes with it, you may not have considered that you could be headed for a long healthy recovery. Not some fragile, scaled down life as a result of cancer and chemo, but as a strong and vigorous life as any other who has not shared your burden of a life-threatening disease.
As you read these chemotherapy-filled pages, don’t lose hope. Know that better days are ahead and that you know someone who is still going strong 29 years later – at 80 years old. My last word to you is that you can do it too. Courage will be key in that dynamic life… and so to you, my dear readers, comes hope for COURAGE!

JSM 1984   On the road to recovery – with hair!

JSM 1984
On the road to recovery – with hair!

Excerpt from Winning the Chemo Battle
Dear Reader,
Winning the Chemo Battle is a personal account of chemotherapy. If you have had chemotherapy, you will recognize the “truth” in the book, even though your own may be different. If you are about to have chemotherapy, or if a friend or relative or spouse is about to have chemo, you will get an idea of what it’s like to go through this treatment by reading about someone else.
Even though this story is about one person, when we think about it, no one takes chemotherapy alone. If you have children, you will be eager to explain to them as much about cancer and crisis and death and living as well as you can. Regardless of the age of your children, you will want to reach out to them and help them understand the implications of cancer in their own family. On the other side of you, you have parents and relatives who have had cancer or other life-threatening diseases, so when you think about where you come from, you realize the kinds of feelings and expectations that your own family history brings to you.
And then, of course, you have a spouse or good friends: your peers who want to be working this crisis out with you. They worry a lot about you, but also worry about themselves and how they would handle a life-threatening disease. Your peers wonder how they would do with a horrendous treatment like chemotherapy, as they watch you go through it.
You are not alone in chemotherapy. You bring a younger generation and an older generation and your peers with you. They all see you differently, will have needs and expectations different from yours, and will give you different kinds of support.
The goal of Winning the Chemo Battle is to help you plan and work toward your own quality of life. In other words, the purpose of this book is for you to see creative ways to make the best of what is … even with cancer and the possibility of a shorter life.
Yours with hope,
Joyce Slayton Mitchell

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Introduction: A Letter to teenage children
Final Chapter: Fight to Win!
Joyce Slayton Mitchell published 40 non-fiction books, including Winning the Chemo Battle during recurrent breast cancer 30 years ago.  She now travels extensively throughout America, Europe, and Asia giving workshops and lectures about getting into U.S. colleges and universities.  Follow JSM on Facebook and Twitter: Mitchell and Son Ebooks

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