"Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy"

A book by Geralyn Lucas.

St. Martin's Press

Ms. Lucas was twenty-seven when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to youngsurvivalcoaltion.org (a breast cancer group for women diagnosed under the age of 40).

This is an empowering memoir about her experience with breast cancer. The book's underlying theme is self-acceptance.

From the publisher:

"Instead of writing a tale of woe, Lucas's writing is full of how she empowered herself as she went through her surgery, recovery and reconstruction and dream of motherhood. Lucas's book also demonstrates that while one in eight women may develop breast cancer, seven in eight of them and eight in eight men can lend support to the breast cancer patient. WHY I WORE LIPSTICK also explores the broader issue of self-acceptance that anyone grappling with questions of illness, self-image and sexuality can identify with."

Q: Did you consciously write this book with a particular audience in mind?

GL: I wrote this book for any woman who ever felt robbed of a person or a dream or a piece of herself...so, the answer is most women. I think it is a universal story of loss of recovery. It is about seeing pieces of me fall away and still being there...I think almost everyone can relate to that.

Q: Though this book is based on your experience with breast cancer, there is an underlying theme of self-acceptance. Can you tell us a bit about that?

GL: We are all so hard on ourselves. Funny how losing my hair made me worry less about a bad haircut and how losing a breast made me feel so confident in other ways...the things I used to be critical about my looks really seemed less important.

I could not believe what was still there when everyone else left. What was left was bold and powerful and hanging on with claws screaming "My show must go on!...Don't give up now!"

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