The Silver Lining

The Silver Lining : A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer

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When she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age thirty-nine, Hollye Jacobs-a pediatric and adult palliative care nurse with graduate degrees in bioethics and child development-started a blog to keep family and friends informed. It soon evolved into a daily must-read for thousands of women worldwide. Now, in a graceful, exquisitely illustrated work with full-color photographs by award-winning photographer Elizabeth Messina, Jacobs offers an informative, therapeutic guide for people who have been diagnosed with the disease.

Part personal memoir, part professional guide, The Silver Liningis the book that Jacobs wished she'd had when she began her fight with cancer. She covers what every patient can expect as they go through their specific treatment and teaches other big issues, such as nutrition and how to talk to children about illness. While the book is brimming with action steps to help negotiate each phase of treatment and recovery, every chapter concludes with "Silver Linings"-the sources of inspiration and perspective that buoyed Jacobs through her own journey and that, taken together, comprise the heartbeat of the book. The Silver Liningwill be the manual for breast cancer patients and their loved ones.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 185.42 x 256.54 x 17.78mm | 793.78g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 75 4-c images thru-out
  • 1476743711
  • 9781476743714
  • 442,574

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"...pragmatic and empathetic... unabashedly candid.... If you or someone you know has battled breast cancer, this book will serve as a lifeline for navigating this potentially devastating disease." * Publishers Weekly * "With her humorous and approachable style, Jacobs has written an essential title for patients facing a cancer diagnosis. Highly recommended for all consumer health collections." * Library Journal (starred) * "A two-year ordeal with breast cancer conveyed with frank prose and stunning photography.... Award-winning photographer Messina beautifully captures the essence of Jacobs' journey, delivering mood and emotion through gorgeous imagery. Throughout it all, Jacobs remained resilient, buoyed by a holistic approach to wellness. This is a wise investment for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer or simply interested in how the process works. Unfailingly optimistic, Jacobs compassionately offers proof positive that even a terrifying, arduous disease like cancer can have a silver lining. A dignified, intensely personal journey of survival." * Kirkus Reviews * "The Silver Lining reflects the experience of a remarkable woman, undergoing what is sadly an all too common journey. The challenges faced are honestly, yet compassionately shared, often with humor and always with grace. The lifelines and wisdom remind readers that at the end of this expedition there is growth and hope. The breathtaking photos reinforce the beauty that can come from pain. This book is an extraordinary gift for all who have been touched by breast cancer." -- Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN, director, Cancer Pain Program Division, Hematology-Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine "It is a rare thing to find a resource that captures both the very real, lived experience of having breast cancer while also serving as an incredibly practical guide to understanding cancer and its treatment. The Silver Lining should be read by every professional who cares for those who face breast cancer as a reminder of the person and family surrounding the tumor. Hollye Jacobs' expertise as a nurse, social worker, and child development specialist is evident, as the book is richly infused with the wisdom of each of those professions. Even more important is that this book is clearly coming from a woman who has been there, heard the words, 'you have cancer,' and found the silver linings known only to a survivor." -- Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN, FPCN, professor, research scientist, and director of Nursing Research, City of Hope National Medical Center "This book is a little miracle, both for the body and the soul. If ever there was light in the face of the storm, this book is it. Read it and heal." -- Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author of Quantum Wellness, Veganist, and The Lean "Hollye Jacobs has provided us with an informative, supportive and uplifting account of her unusually arduous breast cancer treatment. From mouth sores to mood swings she extends us 'life lines,' her practical hints for adaptation. Through the dark clouds and dense fog of cancer treatment she both recalls and discovers beauty and hope and her "silver linings" are pithy expressions of wisdom and truth - maxims that help make the difficult doable." -- Mary Jane Massie, MD, Director, Barbara White Fishman Center for Psychological Counseling, Attending Psychiatrist Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center "This book provides true insight into the challenges involved in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. It is a lesson in survival. It is a testament to the courage, grace and dignity of one woman who truly defines the word 'survivor.'" -- Otis W. Brawley, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society "This bold and resourceful woman's powerful account of her breast cancer experience offers important guidance, strong encouragement and real inspiration to any person challenged by this disease." -- Marisa Weiss, M.D., President and Founder, "Hollye probes the varied and granular issues surrounding breast cancer with thoughtfulness and sound advice while leavening the experience with humor. Elizabeth Messina's collector-quality photographs... aid in capturing the essence of the journey.... [and] result in a remarkable tension: the allure of life simultaneously overlaid with the threat of disease, which is starkly, and beautifully, portrayed." -- James L. Madara, M.D., CEO, American Medical Association, Former Dean and CEO, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Hospital System "Hollye Jacobs combines inspiration with practical suggestions for women and men working through a breast cancer diagnosis. She gives breast cancer survivors the ability to put things in perspective, with spot-on advice about what to expect." -- Nancy Brinker, Chair, Global Strategy, Susan G. Komen (R) "Like a good friend, this book will be by your side as you travel through the world of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery." -- Susan Love, MD, MBA, author of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
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About Elizabeth Messina

Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, speaks publicly and writes about her experience on her award-winning blog, She is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post,, Susan G. Komen, and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Army of Women Blog. Elizabeth Messina was named one of the 10 Best Photographers in the World by American Photo 2010. She writes the award winning blog and lives in Santa Barbara with her family.
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