Press Release — What woman does not fear breast cancer?—and justifiably so. Yet every year, thousands of women the world over are successfully treated for this dreaded disease and then go on to live long and happy lives—finding themselves, often to their own surprise, changed for the better in body and spirit. A few of those women then write about their experiences and emotional journeys, often with the aim of helping other women who are dealing with breast cancer or who fear that they might contract it later on.
One such woman is Leonore H. Dvorkin, of Denver, Colorado (USA). She had breast cancer and a mastectomy, with no reconstruction, in 1998. Now she is pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of her book Another Chance at Life: A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Journey. Also, for the first time, the book has been translated into Spanish. That title is Una nueva oportunidad a la vida: El camino de una sobreviviente de cáncer de seno, translated by Gloria H. López. Both books are available in print and e-book formats. Dvorkin took the beautiful cover photo in Germany in 1988.
In her compassionate introduction, the author makes it clear that she has no intention of trying to dictate to other women with breast cancer how they should view their situation or what steps toward recovery they should take. “Your emotions and reactions and medical choices are your own,” she states. In the subsequent 17 chapters, frankly and sometimes humorously, she details the discovery of her cancer and the surgery she had, some unexpected reactions she received from family members and friends, the severe setback she suffered when she fell not long after her mastectomy, and the interesting experience of shopping for her first prosthesis and mastectomy bras. The later chapters grow more philosophical in tone as Dvorkin talks about such things as the people and things she misses more than she misses her left breast, sex and breasts or the lack thereof, and how surviving breast cancer wiped out her fear of aging.
The five helpful appendices cover risk factors for breast cancer, steps one can take to try to help prevent it, some suggestions on where to shop online for mastectomy products, and much more.
The previous two editions of Dvorkin’s book were very favorably reviewed. To find review quotes, links to online interviews with Leonore, a photo of her, a selection of chapters from the book, and buying links, please see her website: www.leonoredvorkin.com.
About the Author
Leonore Dvorkin and her author husband, David Dvorkin, have lived in Denver, Colorado since 1971. Leonore works as a language tutor, an editor, a German>English translator, and a weight training instructor. Their son, Daniel Dvorkin, is also a published author. Besides constantly doing more writing of their own, Leonore and David are currently helping other authors self-publish their books.
Title: Another Chance at Life: A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Journey
Spanish title: Una nueva oportunidad a la vida: El camino de una sobreviviente de cáncer de seno
Author: Leonore H. Dvorkin
Available in print and e-book formats
Publishers: CreateSpace (Amazon) and Smashwords
Publication date: 2012
ISBN 13, English edition: 978-1477585757
ISBN 13, Spanish edition: 978-1479151301
Trade paperback: 154 pages / Spanish: 164 pages
U.S. prices: $9.95 paperback, $3.99 e-book