From Our Bookshelf to Yours: 4 Books for Women Fighting Breast Cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis causes an exhausting level of emotions and fear. At AiRS Foundation, we work on a one-on-one basis with breast cancer patients, and so we know how devastating and frightening it can feel. One way we’ve found to help ease the anxiety: hearing about the experiences of other women who have fought breast cancer and learning more about the disease itself. We, the staff and advocates of the AiRS Foundation, read a lot of books about breast cancer and those affected by this diagnosis. We wanted to share the books that have been especially helpful for us and the women we work with. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, we hope these books can help you, too.

Stepping into the Ring
By Nichole Johnson
This book is a must read for all women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families. It explains virtually every feeling a woman diagnosed could possibly have throughout the journey. The analogy of feeling like you have woken up and stepped into a boxing ring with the heavyweight champion is powerful for many women battling breast cancer. This book helps women learn how to recognize the real opponent and win the battle over despair and fear.
Purchase the book here.

The Victoria’s Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming & other Lessons I Learned from Breast Cancer
By Jennie Nash
The author, Jennie Nash, understands that stories can help us through life’s struggles and heal from deep pain. Honest and real, reading this book feels like you’re having a conversation with a friend. It’s a roadmap from diagnosis and surgery to reconstruction and recovery. Stories for healing, self-acceptance, and humor highlight the reasons to celebrate and choose life in this beautiful book.
Purchase the book here.

Cancer Vixen: A True Story
By Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Marisa Acocella Marchetto is a New York cartoonist who shares her story with cancer in this graphic cartoon strip memoir with an edgy sense of humor. The story isn’t only about cancer, but also about a woman’s love of fashion and travels. It’s funny and whimsical, and as we’ve found at AiRS — laughter is often the best medicine!
Purchase the book here.

After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life After Treatment
By Hester Hill Schnipper
From the moment a woman hears the words “you have breast cancer,” her world is forever changed. This book articulates the long-term impacts of surviving breast cancer and validates the survivor’s experiences and losses, long after diagnosis and even recovery.
Purchase the book here.

If you’re a woman in need of reconstruction, don’t hesitate to apply for a grant from AiRS!

Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy due to cancer is often a vital step toward feeling whole again. But many women cannot afford the procedure, which can be costly. That’s why we at the AiRS Foundation offer grants for women to receive reconstruction. Applying for one of our grants for breast reconstruction is easy!

We’ve tried our best to make the application as straightforward as possible, and we have a fast return rate so you’ll know the status of your application quickly. Here’s where you can learn more about how to apply. If you are a woman in need of reconstruction, we hope to hear from you. It’s our mission to help you feel whole again!