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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Your health is the most important thing that this life has to offer. As you read Dr. Janet Maker’s account of her life's journey in The Thinking Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer: Take Charge of Your Recovery and Remission about being a breast cancer survivor, you will discover the truth in this statement. Dr. Maker shows that becoming more focused on the quality of life, especially your health, is more important than anything else and is crucial for your survival. In this book you are taught to be proactive, ask questions, and not to settle for only what your doctors say. For your health and survival or that of your loved ones, go out and research, talk to others, and take charge of your own life. In attending a breast cancer support group, Dr Maker did not feel alone, but was also able to get the help and answers that she needed from the lessons and pathways that others in the group or their loved ones had traveled.
As I was reading this book, I began to focus on my own personal experience. If my grandmother had had the information, support and care that she needed, she probably would still not only be alive, but living in remission as well. The nuggets that Dr. Maker provided don't only apply to breast cancer, but a variety of other health issues that anyone can acquire from diabetes, weight loss and learning disorders to mental illness. There are other alternatives available outside of what your doctor may recommend, which may not only be beneficial according to medical culture, but can have minimal side effects for you. Knowledge is power and we should all be appreciative of the transparency and knowledge that this book contains.