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3 reads for breast cancer patients

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Take a look at our new collection of recommended books that poignantly capture the experience of a cancer diagnosis through first-hand accounts. Our selection of books showcases the stories of those who have intimately experienced the influence of cancer and provides clarity to those seeking to understand their cancer. 

Explore your local library or bookstore for these authors or use the Libby app to potentially read the following books for free.

In-Between Days by Teva Harrison

Author Teva Harrison documents her diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37 through a series of short personal essays and comic illustrations. As a lifelong vegetarian, Harrison candidly shares her struggles with identity as she agrees to use experimental drugs that have been tested on animals as part of her treatment. Her book articulates the daily emotional complexities of a terminal illness and how to navigate the good days, the bad days, and all the days in between.

The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Winner of the 2023 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences and the 2023 Chautauqua Prize, The Song of the Cell is an immersive read that unfolds centuries of discoveries in the basic building block of life: the cell. This fascinating book offers readers a gripping story that blends together science, research, and evolution.

The Dog Lived (and So Will I) by Teresa Rhyne 

In this bestselling book, Teresa Rhyne tells the story of her recently adopted beagle’s battle with cancer, just as she receives a breast cancer diagnosis herself. The memoir recounts the duo’s emotional and medical stages with cancer and highlights the power of courage, friendship, and hope.

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