The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming

by Jennie Nash | Health, Mind & Body |
ISBN: 0743229339 Global Overview for this book
Registered by mrsjones of Hamilton, Ohio USA on 5/22/2005
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by mrsjones from Hamilton, Ohio USA on Sunday, May 22, 2005
Here's a book I bought because of it's cover. I liked the title, too. I just never did get around to reading it. Will pass this on.

Journal Entry 2 by mrsjones at Community Center's Book Exchange in Mason, Ohio USA on Monday, May 23, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (5/24/2005 UTC) at Community Center's Book Exchange in Mason, Ohio USA

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Taking a load of books to the Book Exchange. Books can be taken May 23-25 and exchanged for tickets to swap for other books May 26-28 (I think), or books can be bought on those days for $1 each.

Journal Entry 3 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Thursday, May 26, 2005
I picked this book up because it looks interesting. I am going to read it. Then I will either RABCK or hold onto it for a new bookbox similiar to the "You Go Girl" bookbox I have going now.
Because of the nature of this book, I am willing to RABCK to someone if they inquire. I figure if you are looking for a book on this subject, you need it and are welcome to it.

Journal Entry 4 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Saturday, August 20, 2005
I would consider this very good read for anyone- those with or who have had breast cancer, someone close to a person with breast cancer, or anyone in general. It is an autobiographical account written by a woman in her 30's after having dealt with having breast cancer. It wasn't really humoress, the subject doesn't lend itself to that obviously, but the narrator was straightforward and plain spoken in a way that made it not only a good "breast cancer" book, but an interesting book in general. I thought what she had to say was wonderful and the way she said it was perfect and honest sounding. It was all conveyed in a loving manner without seeming weepy or touchy feely.

I am posting on the ring, ray, bookbox forum to see if anyone would like to participate in a ray for this book. My hope is to circulate it to all that are interested and then maybe have the last person wild release it at a place where someone in need of it might find it.

Journal Entry 5 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Monday, August 22, 2005
PARTICIPANT LIST FOR THIS BOOKRAY
Bethieb (Kentucky, International shipping)
hoopsielv (Minnesota)
labmomnm (New Mexico, International shipping)
your-book-fairy (New York, International shipping)
nikel27(Germany, Prefers Europe shipping, will do any)
TracyR (Wales, UK)
morsecode(New York, US/Canada shipping)
Wild released at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York


I will edit this as needed to update the participant list and shipping order.
Please try to keep this book for no more than a month.
Thanks.

Released 14 yrs ago (8/25/2005 UTC) at Fellow BookCrosser in Postal release, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

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Please journal when recieved and when sent on. Try to keep no more than a month.
ENJOY!

Journal Entry 7 by wingbethiebwing from Hopkinsville, Kentucky USA on Monday, August 29, 2005
Received today from guinaveve. Thanks for the bookray.

Journal Entry 8 by wingbethiebwing from Hopkinsville, Kentucky USA on Sunday, September 04, 2005
I've had 11 surgeries in the last 25 years and have developed a huge phobia of stitches. I'm not sure what I expected this book to be; but I definitely didn't expect it to be so graphic about blood, guts, and...stitches. I'm sure this would be a wonderful book for someone who deals with a medical situation by gathering as much information as possible-the "information is power" attitude. For me, "ignorance is bliss" reigns. Hopefully I'll never be faced with breast cancer; but should it arise, the information in this book would terrify me. The one thing I did gain from reading it: I would not make the same cosmetic choices for reconstruction which the author made.

Thanks to guinaveve for making this available. I'm sorry that I'm such a wuss! Mailing to hoopsielv on 9/6/05.

Journal Entry 9 by hoopsielv from Adrian, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, September 14, 2005
I received this book from bethieb yesterday- thanks so much! It looks like a great read... my plan is to get it done before the weekend and out in the mail on Monday, but I will post for sure!

Journal Entry 10 by hoopsielv from Adrian, Minnesota USA on Sunday, September 18, 2005
I read this book on Friday night. It's a quick read! It really struck me how much I have in common with Jennie- we are both 35 and married with 2 small children and have one older sister. I have no family history of breast cancer either. I think her message is that if you feel something isn't quite right, get it checked out. I'd be curious to hear how she is doing today. Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of this bookring- it's my first! :)
It's ready to ship to Luintaurien as soon as I get her address!

Journal Entry 11 by hoopsielv from Adrian, Minnesota USA on Saturday, September 24, 2005
This book was mailed to labmomnm this morning, via first class mail. Enjoy! :)

Journal Entry 12 by winglabmomnmwing from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Sunday, October 02, 2005
Arrived in yesterday's mail; TBR

8 October '05 - I started reading this book yesterday morning on the way to work, and quickly discovered that it is *not* a good bus book! I finished it last night, and my strongest suggestion would be to read it with some Kleenex on hand. Maybe it just came close to home for me; I do come from a family with a history of breast cancer, and am pretty much resigned to the fact that I may be part of that "tradition". So, that said, I did enjoy reading Jennie's "lessons learned" and story, and it did strongly affect me, but it seems to lack some of the depth I'd expected in a book from someone who is a writer by profession. Maybe I now compare all "my experience with cancer" books to "Seeing the Crab", which was written by a woman who is a Jungian analyst - she really ripped the whole experience apart and took you with her through it. Jennie's seems more surface (to me). It isn't that I expected her to suffer more, I just got the impression that she felt certain things and never stopped to think why her responses were what they were...shouldn't a writer go into that? Am I just being cranky?

Mailed this morning to your-book-fairy

Journal Entry 13 by your-book-fairy from South Orange, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Got the book today! I'm finishing up another bookring book now and will definitely have this one started by the weekend. I'm looking forward to it, even though I'm sure it will feed into my most paranoid fears about the issue.

PS, the photo enclosed with the book was a wonderful antidote to what has been a very, very grey and rainy day here in the city. I'm going to stop looking out the window and start enjoying this view instead. Thanks!!

Journal Entry 14 by your-book-fairy from South Orange, New Jersey USA on Saturday, October 29, 2005
At first I thought the numbered lessons that structured the book were going to be a distraction, one of those gimmicks that seems like a good idea when you pitch the book but is hard to maintain in a consistently good or useful manner throughout the book. But I ended up really enjoying how she broke things down, and I think anyone who is suffering from a disease might really appreciate having things laid down so clearly (e.g. "caregivers are human"), and I think the lessons help make the book useful and interesting to people living with or through a wide variety of illnesses, not just breast cancer.

I agree with other reviews that the author balanced the gravity of her topic with humor and a dose of reality. I was also amazed at how attached I got so quickly to other people in her book.

Reading the book also helped me put a new spin on an assignment I was supposed to do for one of my classes in graduate school. It was a body image self reflection worksheet that was part of a human sexuality course I'm taking. Part of the worksheet involved writing about what parts of our bodies we didn't like and why we weren't satisfied with them. Rather than completing that section, I told my professor that life was too short for me to sit around thinking up lists of things I didn't like about myself. I also said that as a healthy and strong woman who has borne a child, it was insulting to women who can't say those same things for me to sit and quibble about whatever jiggly bits I may have, especially since they're not going anywhere anyway. I'm lucky that I learned to love my body more, not less, during and after my recent pregnancy, and this book definitely added fuel to that fire. After reading about Jennie and the other women in this book, I was not about to spend a half an hour writing an essay about things like how my breasts aren't so perky anymore. So that was a nice, unexpected side effect for the book, that it made me take a moment to really appreciate how fortunate and healthy I am.

Mailing off to Nikel27 today!

Journal Entry 15 by nikel27 from -- Irgendwo / Somewhere --, Hessen Germany on Tuesday, November 08, 2005
arrived safe at my house, two more BookRings before I can start this book.

update:
thanks so much for sharing this book with me, so far we have no member in our family with cancer.
But a very good friend of mine has cancer, and he know's that he has only a short time left to stay here,he is taking each day as his last one.
Great book, I think it gives hope to someone who has cancer, even you have to read that 2 people has to die of cancer.

Journal Entry 16 by nikel27 at Post Office in BookRay, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 14, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (11/21/2005 UTC) at Post Office in BookRay, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases

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EnJoy the book as I did !!!

Journal Entry 17 by TracyR on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Arrived safely with me this morning.
Will hopefully get it read and on its travels again by early next week.

Journal Entry 18 by TracyR on Friday, December 02, 2005
A quick and easy read.
I really admire Jennie's attitude to her cancer and with her active involvement with counselling now.
I lost a very close friend to breast cancer and now have 3 work colleagues who are battling with it.
My father died of cancer and so i am obviously aware of how it affects the family dynamics.
For the last 4 years i have be able to complete the 'Race for Life' which is a 5km run in aid of breast cancer research. I feel it is a worthy cause.
Thanks to guinaveve for sharing this book.
I have pm'd the next person on the list and will send it on its travels again as soon as i have the address.

Journal Entry 19 by TracyR on Monday, December 05, 2005
Sent this off in the mail today to morsecode.
Thanks again guinaveve for starting this ray.

Journal Entry 20 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Saturday, December 10, 2005
This book arrived in Buffalo safe and sound today.
I'm the last one in this ray and the plan is for me to wild release the book at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, probably in one of the waiting rooms.
I don't want to wild release it until after the holidays so I am going to take my time with it.

Journal Entry 21 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Monday, January 16, 2006
What a wonderful book! There were many times when reading it that my eyes started tearing up.

Jennie Nash says something very important in her introduction:
"Most of us can't do much to find a cure for breast cancer. We can write a check or take a fundraising walk, but we're not the ones in the lab working with vaccines and genes and coming up with new theories of detection that might make the mammogram seem archaic. What we can do--whether we're looking back on a cancer experience, helping someone else through a cancer experience, or living through the horror right this minute--is tell our story. Stories help. Stories heal. Your story might be the very thing that saves someone's life or helps them get through the night. It might be the only thing that brings you a measure of peace."
And I am so glad that she's shared her story with us.

Another small way to help is to visit The Breast Cancer Site everyday. When you click on the button, you help fund free mammograms for women in need.

My husband and I are going to make arrangements to release this book at Roswell Park sometime next week. I hope it finds its way into the hands of someone who will be comforted or inspired by it.

Journal Entry 22 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Saturday, February 18, 2006
This book is all dressed up and ready to be released.
Hubby and I are going to Roswell Park this afternoon.
I'll make release notes with exact release location as soon as I get back.
Let's hope that someone finds and is helped by it.

Journal Entry 23 by morsecode at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York USA on Saturday, February 18, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (2/18/2006 UTC) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York USA

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