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When Melissa’s gynecologist recommends she get a test specifically for women with a history of cancer in their families, she agrees. With seventeen cases of cancer in her immediate family , she knows she might not be happy with the results.
But nothing can prepare Melissa for the outcome: She tests eighty-seven percent positive for breast cancer and forty-four percent positive for ovarian cancer, both by the age of forty. She faces a twenty percent chance of the cancer recurring in less than four years if she opts for chemotherapy and radiation.
Those aren’t good odds, and Melissa makes a brave decision: She has both breasts removed and goes through the process of breast reconstruction. In Perky Mutant, she shares how she made tough decisions, how surgeries affected her body, and what helped her get through the recovery process. She also includes week-by-week progressive photos to help other women going through the breast reconstruction process.
With a cast of characters by her side that includes her husband, “Studly,” Melissa somehow maintains her humor, wit, and hope. An inspirational story, Perky Mutant will help patients, their friends and family members learn, cope and laugh.
- iUniverse, December 2010
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