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Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer [Hardcover]

Marla Shapiro
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Aug. 31 2006
To Canadians, Dr. Marla Shapiro is best known as the respected medical consultant for CTV News, the host of Balance: Television for Living Well and as a health columnist for The Globe and Mail. Admired for her intelligence and many accomplishments, “Dr. Marla,” or “Canada’s Doctor,” as she is known, seemed to have it all. But on Friday, August 13, 2004, Marla Shapiro found out she had an invasive form of breast cancer. Like the more than 20,000 Canadian women who are diagnosed every year with this disease, her world changed forever. But unlike most of those women, her status as a physician meant she had an insider’s knowledge of the disease and its treatments.

Life in the Balance is Dr. Shapiro’s intimate, inspiring and often surprising account of her battle with breast cancer, from the shock of the initial diagnosis to multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and her agonizing decision to have both breasts removed, followed by reconstructive surgery and recovery. She candidly recounts her struggle going from the woman who routinely delivered all the seemingly right answers to her patients and her family, to the woman who quickly discovered that there were no right answers when it came to her own life-altering decisions. A story infused with emotion, humour, family support and Dr. Shapiro’s unwavering passion to learn—and teach—this is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer or who knows someone who has.

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DR. MARLA SHAPIRO is a Certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a Specialist in Community Medicine. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and has her own family practice. The medical consultant for CTV National News and Canada AM, she also hosted the show Balance: Television for Living Well and writes a bi-weekly column in The Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto with her family.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Overall Good But..... Sept. 27 2007
As someone currently going through treatment for breast cancer a friend thought this book would be a great read. Overall I thought it was very good and I felt I could relate on an emotional level. However, I felt that her experience was definitely the 'rich Canadian women/Doctor', from diagnosis to surgery to treatments what she experienced is not how it is for the 'average Canadian women' and so by the end I felt very frustrated.
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By nlfk
Starting to read this book after finding out I had breast cancer but before I met with my surgeon caused me a great deal of anxiety. In fact, I could not read very much of it. I tried to read it again after my surgery but before I had my pathology report back (which would help with my treatment plan). Again it was much too stressful and caused me a great deal of unnecessary anxiety. Now that I have my pathology report back (and thankfully it is "good") I have started to read this again. However, Dr. Marla's choice of treatment is like hitting a fly with a sledgehammer. However, there isn't one right answer with a choice of treatment. Everyone is different. I would ONLY recomend this book AFTER you have had sugery and AFTER the pathology report is back and you know your recomended treatment.....perhaps have already met with the oncologists. Otherwise, I would recomend "Breast Cancer for Dummies".
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Lifeline Oct. 30 2009
By Jo-Ann
My best friend gave me this book when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and I read and reread it for the next two years, through two mastectomies, reconstructions and a million tests. It was my lifeline. Dr. Shapiro clearly describes the experience of diagnosis and what happens afterwards. She gives hope, but she doesn't leave you with any illusions. This book and Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book: 3rd Edition provided my cancer recovery road maps. I highly recommend it for women who have been newly diagnosed, and for women who are considering reconstruction.
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