Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer

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Press: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 3, 2013)
Author Name:Gubar, Susan
Edition:1st Edition


A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book "Staggering, searing…Ms. 
Gubar deserves the highest admiration for her bravery and honesty." ―New York Times Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, Susan Gubar underwent radical debulking surgery, an attempt to excise the cancer by removing part or all of many organs in the lower abdomen.
Her memoir mines the deepest levels of anguish and devotion as she struggles to come to terms with her body’s betrayal and the frightful protocols of contemporary medicine.
She finds solace in the abiding love of her husband, children, and friends while she searches for understanding in works of literature, visual art, and the testimonies of others who suffer with various forms of cancer.
Ovarian cancer remains an incurable disease for most of those diagnosed, even those lucky enough to find caring and skilled physicians.
Memoir of a Debulked Woman is both a polemic against the ineffectual and injurious medical responses to which thousands of women are subjected and a meditation on the gifts of companionship, art, and literature that sustain people in need.
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About the Author

Susan Gubar received the Natalie Davis Spingarn Writers Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and, with Sandra M. 
Gilbert, was awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Critics Circle.
She is the Distinguished Emeritus Professor of English at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington.


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Comment List (Total:3)

  •     I have stage three ovarian cancer and found this to be terrifying and discouraging. The end leaves one feeling beaten and hopeless. The author actually lives many more years ( I believe still alive) but would have never guessed this - I had to research this afterwards to find out! I would tell women with ovarian cancer to stay away. How about an uplifting update from the author?!
  •     excellent
  •     While this was a challenging read because of the dramatic and painful treatment of Gubar's cancer, I stuck it out to understand her resiliency. .

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