Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer

She Writes. Oct. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781631522628. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781631522635. HEALTH
Martin used journaling and emails to "My Everyone," her group of close family and friends, to get through her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from early-stage breast cancer. Her "therapy" included a writer's program for patients at New York City's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which led to the creation of this memoir. The account reveals the value of keeping a journal as a means of coping with one's fears and acknowledges the support Martin received through sharing her experience rather than trying to shield others from her illness. She also encourages readers to take control of their own health care by questioning medical providers and making sure they are comfortable with the people administering their treatment.
VERDICT A solid read for breast cancer patients.
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