When A Nurse Gets Breast Cancer


We had a remarkable guest on the show recently, Hollye Jacobs, the author of The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer.

Jacobs is an RN and also has an MS and MSW degrees.  Among other experiences in her medical career, she has been a hospice nurse treating adults and children who were dying from cancer.

She exercised, was a vegetarian and had no history of cancer in her family.  Thus, it came as a shock when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  The book engagingly tells the story of the emotional and medical journey she took toward recovery — all from the perspective of someone who was used to being “on the other side of the bed.”

Jacobs says her goal was to write a book that was a smart, sensitive and medically informed resource for other people facing breast cancer.  Each chapter includes spiritual and emotional insights and easy-to-understand, point-by-point, no-nonsense medical advice regarding questions to ask and what to expect at different stages of surgery and treatment.  The book is a compelling mixture of head and heart — two atttributes Jacobs is blessed with and which she generously shares with her readers.

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