Breast Cancer

Biography of an Illness
Penelope Williams


“... empowering, informative and unforgettable ...”
Sally Armstrong, author of Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan

“... a gift of hope ...”
Maureen Manningham, Breast Cancer Action

Nicole phoned very early one morning from her hospital bed. It was still dark, a February darkness that held no promise of spring, or even of light.

“I've joined your club, Pen,” she said.

The club, of course, was breast cancer, a club that is becoming less and less exclusive. It will accept anyone as a member, and not one, not a single one, ever wanted to join.

Breast Cancer: Biography of an Illness is a book for women diagnosed with breast cancer who suddenly find themselves facing a multitude of personal decisions – and for anyone who has been touched by the malevolent mystery of the disease. A breast cancer survivor herself, Penelope Williams has filled this gritty, honest book with information, research, stories, and hard-won personal insights so crucial to living with – and living past – breast cancer.