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Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips

September 11, 2008

Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips (Crazy Sexy)Ever wonder how to boost your blog stats overnight? Well, apparently announcing that you have cancer is one way to do it! My blog doubled in viewership on September 9, 2008 just on that one post. I’ve gotten many comments and wonderful e-mails and really appreciate all the support around the Internet. THANK YOU ALL! As I type this, I’m in the waiting room at Sloan Kettering in NYC awaiting my appointment to discuss our next step. Thank goodness for wireless Internet access!     

Now, on to the book review. Even before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I picked up a copy of Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr. I was going through various tests, including a biopsy and felt that I should be prepared for what might actually come my way by reading about cancer. I am glad that I found this book.   

The author, Kris Carr, is an extremely lively, take the bull by the horns type of gal. Carr wrote Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips as an informative book that deals with the situations and problems facing younger women with cancer and she hits the mark perfectly. The book starts off with the Carr’s own cancer story. Carr was working as an actress and photographer, living a health conscience lifestyle and WHAMMO, she was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of cancer and was propelled into the world of hospitals, doctors and medical tests.

A couple chapters are filled with “tips” (hence the name) that range anywhere from the very important (#22. create and maintain a medical binder) to the more superficial and fun (#27. Bring tons of trashy, fluffy magazines to help you escape). The book also includes stories of encouragment and advice from Carr’s “Cancer Posse” which includes thirteen women with various cancers. She also focuses a lot on nutrition and alternative healing techniques. 

Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips is written as Carr speaks and even though the hippy-ish jargon is not what I am used to reading, it added a certain charm to the book. Carr’s upbeat attitude is also contagious. She writes with an intense zest for life and a great sense of humor.

I hate using the G-word – you know, cancer is a “Gift.” Yuck. It isn’t! There is no return receipt, and it certainly isn’t a present I’d give to you. “Happy holidays! Ooh, just what I wanted, cancer, you really shouldn’t have.”

I also appreciated the fact that she is honest about how she sometimes doesn’t feel so upbeat and this makes her come across as someone you would like to know. The book is also visually attractive. Between the typeface used for chapter headings to the many photographs used throughout, it really is a good looking book.

Was this book worth my money? Yes! I do have to say that Carr’s new age way of living isn’t for everyone. If your elderly neighbor is diagnosed with cancer, this probably isn’t the perfect reading material for her. But as a newly diagnosed young women, I found the content refreshing and helpful. On a side note, after reading the book I rented Carr’s TLC documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer and found it a nice companion to the book.

To find out more about Crazy Sexy Cancer books and the documentary, check out the website here.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2008 6:14 pm

    I’m glad to hear this was a good book for you 🙂 It sounds very interesting.

  2. September 11, 2008 10:00 pm

    I’ll just say again how much you are in my thoughts. And what a coincidence! I got an ARC for Crazy Sexy Cancer several months ago. I wasn’t sure what to do with it and even thought to send it off to you when you wrote to me about your diagnosis. Sounds like it was a worthwhile read. I just finished watching a trailer to the documentary. What an inspiration.

    Hope all went as well as can be expected today at your appointment.

    Keeping good thoughts, Steph.

    Love, Les

  3. September 12, 2008 11:40 am

    It’s great how bloggers come out of the woodwork with supportive messages just when you really need them most, isn’t it?

    Sounds like a perfect book for you, right now.

    Thinking of you and sending good wishes!!!

  4. September 12, 2008 4:14 pm

    That sounds like an amazing book! Hang in there and it’s good they have wireless internet there 🙂

  5. September 13, 2008 12:47 am

    What a cool book! I love that there are books out there for just about everything you can imagine. I’ve read some great books on infertility this year.

  6. September 13, 2008 4:29 pm

    I’ve been out of the blog reading loop, and missed your initial announcement. I want you to know what I’m thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way, and it sounds like you have a great doc. What a blessing!

  7. September 15, 2008 11:18 am

    Sounds like just was just what you needed at the time. I think it’s great that there are books like this out there to add some levity to a scary situation.

  8. September 17, 2008 9:08 pm

    I watched her documentary awhile ago and frequent her website. I love her diet. I don’t like green stuff, but she makes one heck of a healthy drink that even Dr. Oz seemed to enjoy. She really has done a lot with her diet since being diagnosed and I admire her. I was so glad to hear she got married. I just love this gal.

  9. September 19, 2008 2:06 pm

    Great review and I will add this to my mental list of books to recommend. I took a few days off and am just now getting to my google-reader and OW! so, I just want to give you a few more hugs, smiles 🙂 and good wishes.

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