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FOOT SOLDIERS: Stories From The Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

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FOOT SOLDIERS: Stories From The Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

By Deborah Douglas, M.D.

Price $ 16.95 - ISBN 0-944031-24-2



Retired pathologist, author, and breast cancer survivor, Deborah Douglas, M.D., walked 600 miles in 10 Breast Cancer 3-Day events to interview cancer survivors and co-survivors. The collected stories not only emphasize the complexity of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, but-due in large part to the emotional honesty of the contributors-challenge the popular mantras that a positive attitude is the only healthy way to cope with the disease and that cancer is an unequivocal gift.

Read this book if you are:
  • A cancer patient or loved one who wants to know how other patients handle the challenges of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship and still find the courage to participate in a long-distance walk
  • A health-care provider who wants cancer patients to understand that there are no right or wrong ways to face this disease
  • Interested in signing up for a Breast Cancer 3-Day event, but want to know what it's really like to walk 60 miles, sleep in a tent, shower in a truck, and use porta-potties
  • Simply curious why an otherwise perfectly reasonable middle-aged woman would leave behind her comfortable home, family, friends, and dogs to walk 600 miles in 10 cities

The chapters deftly weave together incidents, observations, and conversations from the walks themselves; the stories of survivors and their families; the medical "journeys" of those survivors along with accessible technical explanations; and occasional incidents and insights from the author's own story. The writing is technically excellent, compassionate, humorous, and emotionally open. Everything about this book is exemplary.

-Dianne Schilling, Instructional Designer


The stories made me laugh; they made me cry; at times, they even made me angry at the situation faced by some patients. This book will be an invaluable source for those who have been directly or indirectly touched by cancer, including providers like me who treat patients with this common disease. I can't wait to share it with my patients.

-Sharon T. Wilks, M.D., F.A.C.P., medical oncologist, Founder, Alamo City Breast Cancer Council
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