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Writers discuss breast cancer awareness

You’ve probably already adjusted to October’s pink glow.

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when you can find shades of pink on items ranging from cosmetics to bottled water. The reading world is no exception.

Sure, pink pages are a little rare. But with just a little research, you can build a book collection that spans survivors’ stories, advocacy and more.

Don’t know where to start? Try these titles.

“Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer” by Nancy G. Brinker

Brinker is the sister of the breast cancer victim for whom advocacy organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure is named. Brinker founded the organization.

In her memoir, Brinker details her relationship with her sister as well as the challenge she faced when she, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Five Lessons I Didn’t Learn from Breast Cancer (And One Big One I Did)” by Shelley Lewis

Dubbed “a modern girl’s guide to breast cancer,” the book defies a belief that a breast cancer diagnosis always results in an endless array of epiphanies.

Lewis humorously tells readers that breast cancer didn’t exactly teach her new lessons. Instead, it reminded her of lessons she’d already learned.

“Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health” by Gayle Sulik

Beside the most ardent Breast Cancer Awareness Month supporters, there’s another contingent of health advocates. These critics question the current approach to breast cancer awareness, highlighting how the corporate world profits from the campaign.

This book falls into that category.

Sulik, a medical sociologist, put eight years of research into “Pink Ribbon Blues.” It outlines pitfalls in breast cancer culture, but also offers solutions for the future.

“Stand by Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men” by John W. Anderson

Aimed at husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and more, this book tells men how to help women deal with a breast cancer diagnosis. It covers topics like diagnosis, treatment and physical/emotional support.

“Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors” by Barbara Delinsky

Consider this book a support group in written form. It includes breast cancer tips and experiences from other women — proving that in the battle against breast cancer, there’s strength in numbers.

Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at 706-571-8516.

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