Bilateral Mastectomy & Me
“I knew from experience that you can survive anything in the world, no matter how awful it might be, just as soon as you can laugh about it,” she said. “But during my bout with breast cancer, which led to bilateral mastectomy, I could not find one single funny something.
“Then came the day that an absolutely ridiculous thought popped into my head, and I started to laugh. And that day I knew I could get through all of the other trying moments I still had to face.
“When I was diagnosed with this disease, which kills a woman every 13 minutes, I assumed it would be all about boobs. But for me it turned into an introspective journey. I not only found humor, I lost my breasts and became the woman I have always wanted to be.”
Coner dedicates the book to women who have or will soon lose their breasts to cancer, saying, “Know that thousands of other breast cancer survivors don’t even need to know your name to know your heart. We hold your hand in spirit. Every step of the way, we’re with you. We are resilient. We are survivors. And you are too. You are one of us.”