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Then Came Life

Living with Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer

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The author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy dares all women who have had a stumble in life to harness their fighting spirit and stand back up with courage and optimism.
One mastectomy, two C-sections, three pant’s sizes, and lots of red lipstick later, Geralyn Lucas is dealing with the same issues as other women her age. Her miracle babies have grown into a typical tween with a fierce eye-roll for her mom’s failings and a tornado of a little boy who won’t play by his preschool’s rules. Her storybook romance with her husband has spiraled into couples therapy and her perfect-if-demanding corporate job as a TV producer has abandoned her for L.A. When she looks in the mirror at her hard-won wrinkles, all she wants is . . . Botox.
Celebrating her sweet sixteen cancerversary she’s thankful for her second chance and ready to be daring—but can she survive life’s new ups and downs with the same courage she’s always had?
With an infectiously hilarious voice and a true sense of empowerment, Geralyn harnesses her fighting spirit to live life loudly and lustily, and to grab on to all the moments that might never have happened. Knowing she can only pedal forward, she mines every day for boldness, joy, and gratitude, and eventually falls in love with life again. Then Came Life is not just for cancer survivors; it’s for life survivors—a call to rediscover the resilience and optimism it takes to reinvent yourself at any age.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 16, 2014 – Television producer and women's health advocate Lucas (Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy) was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy and treatment at age 27. Now 45, the survivor and mother of two reassesses life after cancer and discusses the challenges it entails, including fear of the cancer returning, uncertainty about the future, parenting struggles, marriage woes, and struggles with her identity as a stay-at-home mom. In addition to telling her story, Lucas explores the dangers and warnings associated with pregnancy after cancer. She also weighs in on political issues such as a bill that requires mammographers in New York to give patients with dense breasts the heads-up that additional screening methods may be needed; in the course of the book, the author's cousin falls victim to breast cancer after being misdiagnosed for this very reason. Lucas also deftly mines the topic of mother/daughter relationships, discussing her "enmeshment" with her teenage daughter and her sometimes-rocky connection with her own mom. Prone to self-criticism and with an affinity for Botox, Spanx, and antidepressants (as well as the red lipstick gives her courage), Lucas doesn't hold back as she confronts aging, negativity, and living fearlessly. This forthright tale of a woman facing her future after cancer will resonate with survivors as well as others caught in the throes of midlife.
Then Came Life
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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 02, 2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
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