Kate thought she had it figured out. Life so far was pretty straight forward with only a few challenges. When Kate turned 40, an unclear spot was noted on her very first mammogram. She was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), a type of cancer she had never heard of, even though there are about 60,000 new cases of it (that is 1 in 5 of every new breast cancer diagnosis) each year in the United States. DCIS is the presence of abnormal cells inside the milk ducts of the breast. It is considered the earliest form of breast cancer and is noninvasive, as it has not spread to invade other parts of the breast. It has close to 100% survival rate. Women who are diagnosed with DCIS live in this sort of limbo between being survivors of cancer and not having "real" invasive cancer that requires chemotherapy and/or radiation. But the tests are similar, the waiting for results is identical and the emotional ups and downs are just as gutting. Kate's journey through a year of cancer diagnoses, doctor's appointments, decisions, surgeries and recoveries sheds light on her own personal journey through the emotions of cancer. Though no woman chooses the same cancer treatment journey, all will face anger, tears, weakness, laughter, strength and solidarity.
"A frank and informative work about illness and recovery."- Kirkus Reviews