NYMC Faculty Publications

Title

Hell and Back: Wife & Mother, Doctor & Patient, Dragon Slayer

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2018

Department

Otolaryngology

Abstract

Impossibly deep armpits, wigs named Brenda, nipples shaped like bullets and when to play the “C-card.” These are some of the things they never tell you about breast cancer.

In this uplifting and poignant tale, Dr. Tali Lando Aronoff shares an honest account of her journey through the various stages of advanced breast cancer and beyond. As a pediatric ENT surgeon and mother of two toddlers and an infant just out of the Neonatal ICU, she was blind-sided by her cancer diagnosis.

This well-crafted and appealing book uses small-bite storytelling to explore heavy topics such as body image and complex relationships with friends and family. Dr. Aronoff’s voice is unique and relatable combining the knowledge-base of a physician and the personal insight of a patient.

This is the book for the recently diagnosed, those in the thick of it or those who are finished with the battle, their family and friends and everyone else in between, including the doctors who care for them.

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