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⥧ Free Read Format Kindle Ꭵ Then Came Life: Living with Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer ⦅ Kindle By Geralyn Lucas 䔈

⥧ Free Read Format Kindle  Ꭵ Then Came Life: Living with Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer  ⦅ Kindle By Geralyn Lucas 䔈 ⥧ Free Read Format Kindle Ꭵ Then Came Life: Living with Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer ⦅ Kindle By Geralyn Lucas 䔈 CHAPTER 1Right Now Stop and Smell the RosesItalk too much Mostly to myself.Sometimes the conversations are productive pep talks, but usually they are negative and dont reflect how optimistic I want to be and all the money I spend on therapy and that I am a cancer survivor and Im still alive.I was only twenty seven years old when I was diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer Because of my age and the type of cancer, the prognosis wasnt great They expected me to have a recurrence within two years, and any future recurrence would than likely be, as they said, treatable, not curable Every six months Id have blood tests to check my tumor levels I was constantly put into different scanning machines so the doctors could look at all my organs to make sure the cancer hadnt traveled somewhere else A single rogue cell could start trouble again.Im forty five now, but I remember when all I wanted was to hit thirty At the time that seemed like a dignified age to die than twenty eight or twenty nine I had read the statistics for the percentages of women who would be alive two years, five years after my kind of diagnosis Even though I survived the first round with cancersix months of chemotherapy and a mastectomyI never knew if or when there might be another round Would I die or live Which column would I land in When I turned forty, my forty year old friends started complaining that we were getting old I always thought Please dont complain to me about getting old I know the other option too well Each year passed with the punctuation of tests, mammograms, and scary reminders of the possibilities I still think about those statistics and hold my breath every time I wait for my medical test results All that worryingand then came life.For instance Tonight Im on my way to Saratoga Springs for my seven year old sons chess tournament We are all squeezed into the car, three moms and three sons We have already been pulled over by the cops for making a left turn from the right lane It wasnt really our fault the GPS isnt working I am sandwiched in the backseat between two boys playing video games The games are loud, theres not enough heat, and I wish I werent in this car The conversation has begun, and Im so relieved that the other moms and kids cant hear what Im saying to myself.Youre dreading the weekend Chess moms are so uptight After he lost a round, last year, Hayden complained that you dont push him hard enough to practice, and that he wants you to be a Tiger Mom You dont even remember how to play checkers or backgammon.I interrupt the conversation and ask Hayden to turn the music down so I can hear myself better I pull out my mirror that lights up in the dark and stare at myself.Your hair is so grayyou havent had time to dye it Why do you always revert to pulling it back in a greasy ponytail I squint into the mirror to see better in the dark and realize how much my face is falling My Botox shot is long overdue My pants are too tight I unbutton them so I can breathe I pull my sweater down to cover my muffin top.Maybe you didnt need those fries with your meal today Arent you trying to be healthier I have no cute clothes any Earlier today when I was packing, I sneaked into my teenage daughters room to borrow a T shirt She claims my stomach stretches her shirts, so Im not allowed to wear her cute stuff She scares me Shes the cool girl I never was I worry about our relationship lately She seems like she hates me.I want to call Tyler from the car, but I figure hell just screen the call I cant remember the last time we had a real conversation.I feel all the gratitude for my hard earned life draining out of me All the things I wanted so desperately, clung to life so I could keep, just feel like a drag at this moment I sigh into the mirror. Before they wheeled me into the OR, I put on bright red lipstick and I swore to myself that I would come out the other side and become the woman I never thought I could be I would dare to live up to my lipstick and make every day red lipstick worthy It was all about transformation As my breast was being removed, I was going to be glamorous and reinvent myself I had always been a gloss girl, and I thought I couldnt wear red like other women But I decided to wear bright red lipstick to my mastectomy to show the doctors and nurses in the operating room that I had places to go, things to do And here I am in the car nineteen years later, a chess mom Alive.I pull out a new tube of red lipstick and pucker up.You need a lip wax.Its going to be hard to put the lipstick on right at sixty five miles per hour, but I need to live up to that notice me hyper red lipstick again I need to make that feeling last, to remember the courage from that morning in the operating room and have it inform my entire life No taking life for granted.I pause to reflect, and a different voice chimes in to the conversation in my head Remember when you thought youd never have kids after cancer This little guy is your bonus Remember when he was in speech therapy and couldnt pronounce an R and you worried about his future Now hes playing two hour notated games And your hairremember when it all fell out from chemotherapy When you used to watch Hair Club for Men commercials and cry Remember when shampoo commercials made you lustful You prayed to grow old when you were only twenty seven and diagnosed with cancer You said all you wanted were wrinklesand now you hate them And yeah, so youve gained a few pounds At least youre healthy Do you remember when you had to drink Ensure to keep your weight up for the chemotherapy treatments How can you be afraid of your own daughter And so grumpy at Tyler He was there when you woke up from your mastectomy Why do you fight all the time if you were strong enough to survive cancer together What else could be so bad You are lucky to be alive To be a mom, to have hair, to have wrinkles How dare you take one day for granted Remember the friends you met who werent as lucky, who would give anything to be here, alive.I take a deep and grateful inhale to slow down and smell the roses in my life Long breath in through my nose, long exhale from my mouth A cleansing breath Breathing connects me to life It is at this precise moment that my son and his friends begin to have a farting contest.Guys, gross I yell, and they all crack up.I am trying to smell the roses, but all I can smell are the farts in the car.I lean across my son and hit the button to put the back window down as fast as possible.Mom, you have a double chin, like Family Guy Im sorry, Mom, its true Hayden is giving me the news as Im trying to jut my face out the window to suck in the fresh air.Sometimes gratitude is so easy for me Other times its hard, like when Im bored, cold, and grossed out I have everything I worried I never would, and it came with heartache and pain and gray hair and wrinkles and cellulite and insomnia and even joy than I ever imagined.Im not going to take one day of life for granted I promise.I keep inhaling Im visualizing my roses, even though the farts are lingering The roses are long stemmed and fragrant, not like the corner market kind that have no scent Mine are perfumed, and a reminder of how gorgeous life can be, how you can miss it if you dont pause and reflect, appreciate, and see what is right in front of you as life whizzes by.My son is laughing hysterically, even as Im almost crying because his farts are so bad.Be grateful.Okay, its hard to be grateful for farts But I need to remember to cherish it all, even the farts We arrive at the hotel I smile at my son in the badly fluorescent lit corridor of check in Hayden seems concerned and points at my mouth I have lipstick on my teeth.Im not sure if hes embarrassed by me or looking out for me, but I wipe my teeth quickly and do a lipstick check with him thumbs up I decide its his way of showing me he loves me.Chess game on.Life game on.Here is my story of mining the gratitude.CHAPTER 2Skyes the LimitMy name is Geralyn Lucas, and I have a shopping problem I have always had a shopping problem.Admitting it is the first step to recovery.It got worse after my cancer diagnosis Not only was I looking to replace my lost nipple with every purchase, but shopping took on a deeper meaning Shopping was a way of running toward life, a declaration that I was sticking around I needed to wear all the purchases Buying stuff guaranteed time I was shopping, not dying.The things I bought seemed to promise a new identity, novel experiences, and possible life changing opportunities A new me was always just a purchase away Hiding my shopping bags from my husband, Tyler, was a full time job Tyler would ask, Is that a new dress No, Ive had this forever You dont remember Even chemo couldnt keep me from shopping After my injections, feeling woozy, nauseated, exhausted, veins blackened, I always found just enough energy to make it to T J Maxx Plus, losing my hair opened up a whole new shopping category I was suddenly in the market for berets, baseball hats, fedoras, and scarves No one could judge me for buying new head coverings they were an essential part of my self esteem Did I really need four fedoras Or eleven baseball caps, in every color, smooth velvet and plush velvet, wool and satin Yeah, I did the berets would bring a sophistication that had always eluded me, the baseball caps a downtown edge I had craved.After spending time with the skull and crossbones on my chemo bag, wheeled over to me on the IV pole, shopping felt so alive I had places to go, people to meet, things to wear.I shop, therefore I exist.One day, after an especially awful chemo when they couldnt find a good vein and had to reinsert the needle three times, I fled to the warm and reassuring shopping aisles of T J It was only when I was at the checkout counter, surveying my loot, planning all the different outfits that would coordinate with my new hats, that I had an existential moment of sorts Just as I was about to swipe my credit card, a voice inside my head boomed so loudly that I was sure the cashier could hear it too.You cant take it with you.People could be buried in their favorite outfits, but there was no way that I could wear all these hats at once to my funeral I didnt know how to explain all this to the cashier, so I bought everything anyway, but as I unpacked at home I had that sickening and paralyzing thought again I couldnt take it with me.Where exactly would all my prized possessions go Before I could spend too much time worrying about that, I had stuff After chemo my hair grew into a chemo chic short buzz cut look, and none of my old clothing matched my hair My wardrobe was too conservative I needed edgier suits to match my hair And then there was my chest Two A cups had become a removed then reconstructed B plus cup, and the other one enhanced to match, thanks to my plastic surgeon So of course I needed new bras It was nice to have a medical excuse to shop It felt like having a prescription that said Go shopping instead of a prescription for a dose of medication I did need an entire new wardrobe after my cancer treatments, and I was ready My look was evolving Tyler bought me a black satin suit with zippers, to match my new punk hair I was trying to forge a new identity for my new life I loved feeling so new and different, like maybe the cancer couldnt find me again.But I worried a lot about the cancer coming back I developed a phobia about waiting I couldnt wait in lines at the bank Tyler tried to take me to an art exhibit to cheer me up on a really bad day, and I had to leave because of the crowd It got so bad that I had to go on medication I went to a doctor who specialized in EMDR, a kind of therapy used for people who have suffered severe trauma and PTSD, and I began to understand that I had a fear of waiting because I thought I didnt have enough time left until my cancer might return Waiting for anything reminded me of being in doctors waiting rooms, waiting for bad news Waiting for test results, watching the second hand on the big clock as I waited to get my bone scan Minutes in machines felt like hours days waiting for blood test results to see if my tumor levels were up and my cancer was back were torture My doctor prescribed Zoloft to take the OCD edge off my cancer returning ruminations It helped with my worrying, but nothing soothed me like being let loose at a T J Maxx Spending time in the home goods section was better than a double dose of Zoloft Looking at linens, shopping for pots and pans, buying another ceramic rooster, just brought a sense of calm that maybe I had a future.I became a big returner of gifts because that gave me a chance to shop again, without guilt, and it seemed there was always something better out there just calling my name loudly Returning was a guilt free shopfound money that I could spend on something new.After all the anguish, I made it to thirty, and got fantastic birthday presents The Now that you have cancer, let me show you how much I love you presents I was drooling over one particular present return because the gift came from a store that was way out of my league, a store that had a doorbell, plush carpeting, and in whichwhen I walked init was clear from what I was wearing that I did not belong The only reason I was holding a shopping bag from that store was to return something I did have awkward return guilt, and was extremely self conscious to go to such a fancy store I knew the drill Fancy stores have the worst return rules and are real sticklers I reassured myself that it was ridiculous to be intimidated by a store, and especially not a fashion model look alike sales associate named Candy, who inspected me as I handed over the bag.Return She was glaring at me like I was ungrateful, and her stare seemed to say, Do you know how much time we spent looking for the perfect present for you, scouring the store Your friend thought you would love the shirt If she could see you now, she might cry.To make matters worse, the birthday card was still in the box It had a heart drawn on the envelope, with my name above it.You forgot something, Candy said with a smirk.I kept checking to make sure my friend wasnt outside the store looking through the glass and watching me return the present, or standing behind me at the register because she had forgotten something in the store and just happened to be there at the precise moment I decided to come in and return the present I imagined the expression on her face when she realized I hadnt come to find a pair of pants that matched the shirt she had painstakingly picked out Is there return karma I felt it burning shame into my red face I wanted to blurt, I know its not the present, its the thought that counts, but I only wanted to shop I was a lowlife I had taken her beautiful sentiment, her act of caring, and made it a cold, hard business calculation.Any return guilt evaporated when the salesgirl handed me the receipt I knew I had to act calm when I saw the credit I nearly screamed, She paid that for that but fortunately my return experience came in handy and I just glanced at the receipt calmly Why dont you look around Candy suggested We just got some great pieces in.Before I could start browsing, something flashy and sparkling winked at me from a glass case across the store I tried to head toward the sweaters, but that thing kept flirting Sparkling red and pink gemstones were luring me toward the glass case I couldnt turn away Candy noticed the seduction going down and came over to make a formal introduction She took out a set of keys to remove a jeweled cowboy belt from its case When she held it in her hands, it seemed to sparkle even outside its case in the direct store light.Its like a piece of jewelry, isnt it Handmade, so much craftsmanship Candy looked like she wanted the belt too Do you want to hold it Hold it I was almost scared to touch it.Look It has sterling silver trim, traditional cowboy style, with all these semiprecious gemstones The stones made a dazzling pattern and the sparkle wattage had us under its spell It was a tiara version of a cowboy belt, with ruby red and the prettiest pink and vibrant violet crystals encrusting the belt, and the buckle was the most tasteful design ever The silver seemed to make the crystals shine even .Try it on, Candy encouraged me.I was experiencing the ultimate shopping moment This belt had the potential to transform me into a person I never thought I could be This belt was red lipstick on steroids This belt was self actualization This belt would make me live forever I would jump out of my convertible wearing the belt I dont have a car and I dont drive, but the belt would make me just that daring The belt would make me a world traveler it would encourage me to visit its relatives in Austria, where I could buy crystal laden things I could buy Austrian crystal chandelier earrings and real chandeliers, and I could hop over to Italy because its right on the border The belt would encourage me to stay thin because it accented my waist Actually, it wouldnt matter how much I weighed, because the beauty of the belt would distract people By association, I would be prettier.My hands were a bit sweaty as I looped the belt through my jeans Candy had to help me because I was shaking so much I had never owned anything like this, and when I looked at myself in the mirror, I sort of hallucinated the new life that awaited me.The belt was reminding me of everything I wanted I imagined brunches where I would never wait for a table because the belt had seduced the hostess The belt would be a magnet, drawing to me all the perfect things that had never been attracted to me before The belt was the perfect combination of high and low fashion It was as glamorous as a high heel, but as practical as a flat And where exactly was I going to wear this crystal cowboy belt Well, everywhere I could dress it up or dress it down I knew this belt would bring me invitations to places where it would look perfect It seemed like the kind of belt Pink might own She would wear it to her recording studio It would be so dazzling that it might inspire a new song Women who would wear this belt were rock stars This was a belt that conveyed a lifestyle, and new horizons would be discovered wearing this belt.To make the belt even better, it had to be special ordered from Austria, where all the crystals would be hand applied The one I tried on was a store model.Candy explained, It should take about three weeks for your belt to arrive Each dazzling crystal, shining brighter than I could dream, would be placed precisely into my belt The wait was hard because I wanted the life that would come with it Before the belt arrived, I had a strange dream that my nipple, the one I lost in my mastectomy, materialized from Austria How did it ever find its way back to me But when I woke up, I started craving the real package I was waiting for.Finally the belt arrived Candy called and sounded so excited on the phone.Its here, and I think its even shinier than the floor model Call waiting was beeping through My doctors office I didnt want to leave the belts status hanging there for even a moment.Candy, Im so sorry, its my doctors office I clicked over I always had to take calls from my doctor.Line one seemed to be the new life, just imported from Austria Line two It could be cancer.I was three weeks pregnant.Doctors had told me I would go into early menopause because of chemotherapy I couldnt bank eggs before chemo because the doctors were worried that the hormones would jump start any rogue cancer cells I begged, but they wouldnt relent They told me I needed to wait at least two years after treatment before trying to get pregnant to make sure that my cancer wasnt coming back.There was no consensus on whether it was safe to get pregnant after breast cancer But one thing doctors did agree on If I got pregnant, I would be a high risk patient the baby and I would have to be monitored closely.At the time I was a story editor at the newsmagazine show 20 20, and I went straight into research mode I found the preeminent Dr P, studying the question How safe is it for a young woman to get pregnant after breast cancer Unfortunately, her studyannounced in the journal Cancerfound that pregnancy after breast cancer was not as safe as previously assumed.I contacted Dr P anyway She said, If I were you, Id adopt.I understood that getting pregnant was filled with risk If I got cancer while I was pregnant, there was a program in Texas in which women could have chemotherapy after the third month, because after that the chemicals wouldnt cross the placenta and injure the baby But then I was haunted by the question What if I had a baby and then I went and died on her What if I died before I could teach her anything A piece I was working on at 20 20 finally convinced me that having a baby was still worth a shot The story was about Erin, a mom whose daughter Peyton was only four years old when she started videotaping a farewell to her child because she was dying of breast cancer At first Erin was scared to tape her good bye, but once she started, she couldnt stop She talked about everything from what to say to boys to what to do when Dad remarried, and how much she loved Peyton Erin showed me that I could still be a mom no matter what, and that love was so much stronger than cancer And I cant describe how badly I wanted a baby Put every purse, every shoe, every pair of jeans, every necklace I had drooled over in a huge pile and it wouldnt compare to how much I wanted to be a mom It was a longing unlike any I had ever experienced The they told me it was impossible, the I wanted to be a mom I had always wanted to be a mom, ever since I was little and played with dolls Now I wanted it even because Id had cancer.One rogue cancer cell started all my trouble, and one rogue sperm was responsible for my impending joy Thank you, Tyler Having a baby after cancer felt like a sprint toward life There was no turning back if you were pushing a baby carriage.When I clicked back over to Candy, I was still crying tears of joy about my baby news Maybe one tear of lament the belt I tried to imagine if I could wear the belt while I was pregnant How long did pregnant women retain any waistline Could I have the belt expanded But Id never seen a pregnant woman actually wearing a belt.Candy, this is so awkward The belt Can I return it Im pregnant No problem in fact, I just had a woman who wanted one too Come into the store we just got some great new things that might be practical The word practical hung in the air, and every dream about the belt and me evaporated and was replaced with visions of diapers, burp cloths, bottles, baby wipes, and the smell of poopy and spit up Those visions almost choked me when I returned to the store I saw the belt one time in its case, working its wiles on me again.Candy led me away from the case toward a black sweater made with spandex She explained it would stretch comfortably around my expanding belly and then shrink back after my pregnancy The good news I had a whole new category of shopping to domaternity wear. And once I realized I was having a girl, it was off to the baby stores because she needed that adorable leopard print onesie Shopping for baby clothing is an unfair challenge to someone with a shopping issue Baby clothes are all too cute and irresistible, and its always practical to keep buying stuff, because babies grow so fast My daughter had black fur lined white go go boots bought on deep discount , before she could even walk, actually before she was born.I named my baby for the mantra that had sustained me through every surgery, every IV they put into me My hypnotherapist had suggested the mantra Heres what she said You are like the sky Nothing can stick to you, not even a needle The sky is vast and open and never changes, even though there are changes A plane can roar through the sky, a storm, a sunrise, and a sunset You can throw paint at the sky, and it will always be the sky I was safe because I was the sky, so I named my daughter Skye.My estimated due date July 26, the exact date Id had my biopsy four years before How could the same date mean such different things A diagnosis of malignant cells and a birth Was that a bad omen or a good omen The baby would just miss having Cancer as her astrological signI had forgotten that cancer could also be a Cancer, a baby born when the sun was in that sign of the zodiac Her life was a new symbol of life for me Those endless white hospital floors had led me to the operating room for surgery to remove cancer, and now theyd take me to the OR for a C section to give me a baby.I wore lipstick to my C section.It was surreal to wear lipstick in the very same hospital, to a very similar operating room, for such a different reason When I had put on lipstick four years earlier, I never imagined wearing lipstick to meet my baby daughter.Tyler was there in the OR, as he was for my mastectomy When we heard our daughters first cry of life, it seemed to dry the tears wed both cried before He assured me that he would be both daddy and mommy if my cancer came back He knew that having a baby with me was a risk, but he wanted to take it I want your baby so Ill always have a piece of you if anything goes wrong.Remarkably, her eyes were sky blue, sparkling brighter than Austrian crystals, rimmed with thick black natural mascara lashes She, like my mantra, would heal me Her middle name was Meredith, to add gravitas and to honor my former boss, who survived breast cancer but was never able to have a child Giving my baby the name Skye Meredith was my tribute to the journey I took to have her She could always be S Meredith if she wanted to be a lawyer or do something else serious.In the hospital she was brought to me in a little glass jewel box the nurse wheeled her in, like wheeling in room service The box was like a present from Tiffanysall that was missing was a satin bow Her skin was pink and soft and suddenly she was the best present ever This was better than my engagement ring Better than the black patent leather shoes I looked at in the window longingly for three weeks waiting for them to go on sale Better than the Austrian crystal cowboy belt Anything I had ever wanted before seemed to go to the bottom of my wish list, and she was on the top I loved Skye in a way I had never loved anyone or anything before Just saying I loved her didnt seem enough.The glass box was so clear, I could see through it perfectly, and so clear there were no reflections to distract from the main attraction This glass held no secrets and it was shiny like her new life It was the perfect glass to hold her, like a simple clear glass vase to showcase only the beauty of the flower its holding I just wanted to stare at her in there When she was returned to the nursery, there was a glass wall between us, a glass wall marked with the fingerprints and breath of parents pushing up against it to look at these babies all wrapped in blankets.Sometimes Id look in on her in the middle of the night, staring at her until I needed to shuffle back to my room, barely able to stand from the C section, to take painkillers But the painkillers didnt kill the pain I felt from being away from her while she was sleeping in the nursery I needed to be with her, next to her, all the time On my second night in the hospital, I pulled myself slowly to the nursery, holding on to the wall to keep my balance When I got there I expected to see Skye sleeping peacefully in her blanket She was screaming.I will rescue you I will know when youre crying, I said to myself in a low but firm voice so the other people standing at the glass wouldnt think I was talking to myself like a crazy woman I will know whenever you cry I will be your knight in my hospital gown, here to rescue you, my princess in your poopy diaper It was so strange and complicatedthis love I felt for her despite morning sickness and vomiting, three days of labor, the cut from the C section that seemed to hurt especially when I held her, the breast feeding on one boob All of that risk to have her was rewarded by staring into her blue eyes, feeling invincible, like my mantra I am the sky.Praise for Then Came Life The candid and perceptive author talks about motherhoodmarriage, body image, self worth, family, and the loss of loved ones as she ultimately seizes living over living in fear Lucass sage commentary will bring a nod of recognition from fellow cancer travelers and a smile to everyones lips, even if they arent cherry red Highly recommended Library Journal Lucas success in overcoming breast cancer would give nearly anybody the sense that other, manageable obstacles can also be overcome Different challengeslearning to parent, resolving marital difficultieshave called on her to tap into other inner resources, and she continues to handle them with a positive attitude Women inspired by the way Lucas marshaled her resources for treatment will enjoy seeing how such strength can be channeled into other challenges Kirkus ReviewsProne to self criticism and with an affinity for Botox, Spanx, and antidepressants as well as the red lipstick that gives her courage , Lucas doesnt hold back as she confronts aging, negativity, and living fearlessly This forthright tale of a woman facing her future after cancer will resonate with survivors as well as others caught in the throes of midlife Publishers WeeklyI love this honest, funny, and deeply emotional book Geralyn charmed her way into my heart and took up permanent residence Delia Ephron, author of Sister Mother Husband Dog etc The author of the original girl power cancer tome is back with a tour de force THEN CAME LIFE isnt just for cancer survivors, but for anyone whos survived anything I just love this book Marissa Marchetto, author of Cancer VixenAs the physical embodiment of aspiration and audacity, she has paved the way for our generation of young cancer survivors to become the change we wished to see Matthew Zachary, cancer activist and CEO of Stupid Cancerl loved Geralyns words of wisdom, wonder and whimsy She is my pink soul sister Betsey Johnson, fashion designerIt takes a tremendous amount of courage, determination, and confidence to rise up and reinvent your life after breast cancer treatment is over Life feels fragile and frightening Geralyn Lucas book is a fresh, smart, funny, open and honest account of the raw moments from low self worth to new self appreciation, mourning to celebration, marriage to motherhood, and from hiding to bold extroversion Its a fascinating real life bumpy ride Buckle your safety belt and read this book Marisa C Weiss, MD, President and Founder, Breastcancer.orgPraise for Then Came LifeThe candid and perceptive author talks about motherhood marriage, body image, self worth, family, and the loss of loved ones as she ultimately seizes living over living in fear Lucass sage commentary will bring a nod of recognition from fellow cancer travelers and a smile to everyones lips, even if they arent cherry red Highly recommended Library JournalLucas success in overcoming breast cancer would give nearly anybody the sense that other, manageable obstacles can also be overcome Different challengeslearning to parent, resolving marital difficultieshave called on her to tap into other inner resources, and she continues to handle them with a positive attitude Women inspired by the way Lucas marshaled her resources for treatment will enjoy seeing how such strength can be channeled into other challenges Kirkus ReviewsProne to self criticism and with an affinity for Botox, Spanx, and antidepressants as well as the red lipstick that gives her courage , Lucas doesnt hold back as she confronts aging, negativity, and living fearlessly This forthright tale of a woman facing her future after cancer will resonate with survivors as well as others caught in the throes of midlife Publishers WeeklyI love this honest, funny, and deeply emotional book Geralyn charmed her way into my heart and took up permanent residence.Delia Ephron, author of Sister Mother Husband Dog etc The author of the original girl power cancer tome is back with a tour de force Then Came Life isnt just for cancer survivors, but for anyone whos survived anything I just love this book Marisa Marchetto, author of Cancer VixenAs the physical embodiment of aspiration and audacity, she has paved the way for our generation of young cancer survivors to become the change we wished to see.Matthew Zachary, cancer activist and CEO of Stupid CancerI loved Geralyns words of wisdom, wonder, and whimsy She is my pink soul sister Betsey Johnson, fashion designerIt takes a tremendous amount of courage, determination, and confidence to rise up and reinvent your life after breast cancer treatment is over Life feels fragile and frightening Geralyn Lucass book is a fresh, smart, funny, open, and honest account of the raw moments from low self worth to new self appreciation, mourning to celebration, marriage to motherhood, and from hiding to bold extroversion Its a fascinating real life bumpy ride Buckle your safety belt and read this book Marisa C Weiss, MD, president and founder, Breastcancer.organd author of Living Beyond Breast CancerPraise for Why I Wore Lipstick to My MastectomyThis is the first time that wearing lipstick is a metaphor for courage and hope Geralyn Lucass story of her experience with breast cancer is written in a breezy, inspirational voice Her energetic enthusiasm and fears are balanced beautifully and expressively to rivet the reader on each page.Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president of the Este Lauder Companies andfounder and chairman of the Breast Cancer Research FoundationI played it, Geralyn lived it Read this book and youll never wear lipstick the same way again.Kim Cattrall, actressIn this gutsy, touching, and often hilarious journal, Geralyn takes the reader on her roller coaster of emotional experiences, from the heartbreak of hearing her diagnosis to the triumph of her daughters birth Millions of women, and those who love them, will be forever grateful for this powerful and life affirming book At Lifetime, I know we are immensely grateful and proud to have Geralyns passion and knowledge dedicated to our advocacy campaign to stop breast cancer.Carole Black, president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment ServicesThis book is an extraordinary perspective from the inside out As Geralyns self discovery and triumph over breast cancer unfolds, she takes us with her from her doctors office, to work, through her living room, to the bedroom, right into the bathroom, and in and out of taxicabs You need to be with her through each of these moments to seeright up closehow much sheer sweetness, sadness, love, honesty, uncertainty, terror, courage, excitement, hope, and guts were bundled into each piece of every day Geralyn is bigger than life and death Now Im wearing lipstick Marisa C Weiss, MD, president and founder, Breastcancer.organd author of Living Beyond Breast CancerGeralyn Lucas makes you laugh and cry in the very same moment Her vivid scenes are cinematographic in detail and sweep you along her journey with unerring perception, insight, and, ultimately, acceptance and personal growth This unique story is a must read for any woman who has a friend, loved one, or who is herself enduring the experience of breast cancer Its like nothing else ever written on the subject, and adds a note of humanity and humor to a topic that often lacks either You cant help but thoroughly enjoy this book.Lucy Danziger, editor in chief of Self magazine the founder of Pink Ribbon A bold memoir PeopleSurprisingly optimistic and immensely empowering Publishers WeeklyOutrageous and often hilarious This is a totally frank, inspiring, and defiant account of undaunted courage Seattle Post IntelligencerPraise for WHY I WORE LIPSTICK TO MY MASTECTOMY This is the first time that wearing lipstick is a metaphor for courage and hope Geralyn Lucas story of her experience with breast cancer is written in a breezy, inspirational voice Her energetic enthusiasm and fears are balanced beautifully and expressively to rivet the reader on each page Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president of The Este Lauder Companies andfounder and chairman of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation I played it, Geralyn lived it Read this book and you ll never wear lipstick the same way again Kim Cattrall, actress In this gutsy, touching and often hilarious journal, Geralyn takes the reader on her roller coaster of emotional experiences, from the heartbreak of hearing her diagnosis to the triumph of her daughter s birth Millions of women, and those who love them, will be forever grateful for this powerful and life affirming book At Lifetime, I know we are immensely grateful and proud to have Geralyn s passion and knowledge dedicated to our advocacy campaign to stop breast cancer Carole Black, president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services This book is an extraordinary perspective from the inside out As Geralyn s self discovery and triumph over breast cancer unfolds, she takes us with her from her doctor s office, to work, through her living room, to the bedroom, right into the bathroom, and in and out of taxicabs You need to be with her through each of these moments to see right up close how much sheer sweetness, sadness, love, honesty, uncertainty, terror, courage, excitement, hope, and guts were bundled into each piece of every day Geralyn is bigger than life and death Now I m wearing lipstick Marisa Weiss, M.D., breast cancer specialist, president and founder of breastcancer.org, founder of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and author of Living Beyond Breast Cancer Geralyn Lucas makes you laugh and cry in the very same momentHer vivid scenes are cinematographic in detail, and sweep you along her journey with unerring perception, insight, and ultimately, acceptance and personal growth This unique story is a must read for any woman who has a friend, loved one, or who is herself 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    • Then Came Life: Living with Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer
    • 4.5
    • 844
    • Format Kindle
    • 224 pages
    • 1592409229
    • Geralyn Lucas
    • Anglais
    • 05 September 2017

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