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It Is What It Is...

by:
Carol Chatellier Kleinrock (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-5509-9 ©2009
Price: $13.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 216 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women

This book follows my journey through breast cancer from start to finish, through the highs and the lows.

Abstract:
This book follows my journey through breast cancer from start to finish, through the highs and the lows. I’ve tried to capture the candid, random thoughts of both myself and the people around me while going through chemo and radiation. After starting an email chain my family and friends were informed, enlightened, amused and most importantly not afraid for me. I can’t say I enjoyed the experience, but I am totally enjoying the outcome! If this book helps just one person face “the monster” with courage, humor and dignity it will be well worth the work.

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Customer Reviews

  Encouraging, informative AND funny...! , 08/09/2009
Reviewer: Brenda Reamy
As a breast cancer survivor (although I prefer the word 'thriver'!) myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Carol Chatellier Kleinrock is articulate, informative, uplifting and encouraging, all while maintaining her sense of humor. I would recommend this book to all recently diagnosed, current patients and fellow survivors/thrivers. Family members and friends of patients would also enjoy the author’s take on what to say/not say to anyone fighting this battle. In my opinion, purchasers of this book will not be disappointed!

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  It Is What It Is , 08/10/2009
Reviewer: Dawn
Even though I knew the outcome of this story, I could not put this book down. I was amazed at the candidness and personal sharing of the author. I laughed out loud, cried, laughed some more and cried some more. It is a true inspirational story for anyone going through cancer or any crises in their life. It shows you that if you stay strong and never give up, you will win. Friendship and prayer are strong healers and this book proves that. I recommend that EVERYONE read this book. It is what never giving up or giving in is all about.

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  More than I expected! , 08/10/2009
Reviewer: Nancy
This book amazed, impressed and inspired me. It was intense ~ funny ~ heart breaking ~ extremely readable ~ enlightening ~ and most of all IMPORTANT! Not exactly what I expected. I expected a book that told the story of one woman's fight with Breast Cancer and that it would be inspriational to women dealing with this diagnosis and treatment. I'm sure it IS that, but more it is a book that MUST be read by women like myself who have NOT been faced with this monster first-hand but who have friends, family and co-workers who have, or may come to face this in the future. This is a lesson on how to support your friends. It is a Wake-Up call to those who are currently trying to be supportive but don't know how. It is a lesson to all women (and men) on how to BE a sisterhood (brotherhood) of freinds and what that really means. This MUST be read by all young women, such as my daughter who will undoubtedly have friends and/or family members facing cancer in the future. What I DID expect, I got also. The author's story ~ told in her own words (and she does have a way with words) honors the reader with shared intmacy of the true emotional roller-coaster of her one-year journey. That she could candidly share this with us, the readers is truely an honor. I will share it with and recommend it to everyone I know. Carol's personality comes through so clearly that after the first chapter everyone who reads it will feel like they "know" her, love her, cry with her and cheer for her!

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  Touching and Funny , 08/11/2009
Reviewer: Jill
Kleinrock uses humor to tackle a tough subject. While the book deals with breast cancer, it provides great insight into how to approach any illness. It is touching and funny at the same time. It is also great to help others understand the process patients go through and is a great guide if you have a friend or loved one that you want to help and support. Easy and fun to read even though the subject matter is serious. Very positive!

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  Very uplifting... , 08/11/2009
Reviewer: Tari
It is a wonderful read. Carol has a way finding the humorous and positive in any situation. My sister is going through very much the same scenario, so this helped me to understand better what she may be experiencing and to perhaps be more helpful. Thank you Carol for a great book!

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  a remarkable personal journey , 08/11/2009
Reviewer: janet
it is not often that one gets the opportunity to share in anothers personal journey of fear, confusion, tears, laughter, and in the end triumph. carol takes you on this roller coaster ride and you get to sit right next to her. you will forget you are reading a book... you will feel like you are sitting talking to your best friend. her story and her strength will touch your heart. after reading this book... you will not be the same. there is heart and soul between those covers that you don't find very often and it should not be missed.

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  Entertaining / Lifechanging , 08/12/2009
Reviewer: Laura Moffett Myers
Carol Chatellier Kleinrock invites us to share tears of laughter AND heartache as she bares her innermost thoughts, hopes and especially her oversized sense of humor! Anyone who opens these pages will broaden their understanding of those who have had to face a medical crisis, and the strength that she shows in her journey is contagious. This is NOT a quick read, but then, it isn't meant to be. There are pages in this book that I will return to and reflect on in days to come ... Laura

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  , 08/16/2009
Reviewer: Irene
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Carol's sense of humor, bravery, and not being afraid to admit she was scared and cried sometimes proves that it's a hell ride that can be beat! Any woman going through this should read it and know that they aren't alone.

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  Amazing & Touching , 08/17/2009
Reviewer: Kathy Ferris
I have known Carol for over 20 years and have always known she had an amazing zest for life. In her book she reveals all sides of her personiality, parts I never knew excited. She is not only one of the strongest people I know but also one of the most sensitive and caring people I have ever met. She faced a demon, one all women dread and still found time for all the people in her life. She not only made everyone around her at ease, she was able to face this monster and know she would win. Any one facing this monster should read Carol's account of it and know "If she can do I can do" and Carol did it. Families facing this monster should also read Carol's book, it is informative and will help them understand what their loved ones are facing. Bravo Carol, job well done.

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  This book is like a life manual.... , 08/24/2009
Reviewer: Janet Finn Germinario
This book is like a life manual. Read it if you are looking for inspiration on how to approach life and its problems, how to deal with the day-to-day challenges that may come your way as a cancer patient, what to do for a loved one or friend who is battling with cancer, and how to remain strong and overcome huge obstacles in your life while spreading love and joy to others. One of the many things that makes this book so special, and so very effective, is how easy it is to read – as you read it, you feel like you are listening to a close sister or friend, it is so honest and clear and understandable. You get the entire story, the whole picture. Really, a must-read for all women, and for the men in their lives!

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  You MUST Read This Book! , 08/31/2009
Reviewer: Colette Landi Sipperly
This book is a MUST READ for anyone who has encountered life's blips - and who among us hasn't! You laugh, you cry and become reborn as Kleinrock leads you down her personal rocky road. The human spirit prevails! You go girl...

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  Inspiring , 09/16/2009
Reviewer: Jeannette
An absolute must read for anyone who has a loved one fighting cancer of any kind. Have you ever not said anything because you didn't know what to say - this wonderful book provides deep insight into what a person fighting cancer is going through. With that insight you will realize it is okay to laugh and cry with them and when each is appropriate. In addition, Carol's amazing strength and heart will inspire you not to give in, whatever challenges you might be facing. It Is What It Is is an enjoyable read on a tough subject, read it slowly and let it touch your heart!

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  , 10/11/2009
Reviewer: 3rd Year Nursing Student
I was surprised at how much I laughed when I read this book. Cancer is a topic that, if discussed at all, is usually done so with a "hush hush," somber attitude. Kleinrock's down-to-earth, in-your-face, matter-of-fact approach to her journey with cancer allows the reader to learn that a patient HAS the disease but doesn't BECOME the disease. There is still a person inside the patient, a person with friends, family and-- as Kelinrock shows-- a great support system. As a nursing student who plans on going into oncology, I particulaly enjoyed the "do's and dont's" of dealing with a cancer patient. Her writing brings a human voice to a very clinical subject and her journey from diagnosis to remission should be shared with anyone dealing with cancer.

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  timing is everything , 03/23/2011
Reviewer: Carol Lahti
I actually read the book prior to getting breast cancer. Lucky i did. It helped me keep things in perspective and knew the importance of humor and letting people in to help. Very funny and personal.

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