Just Diagnosed started with scores of sticky notes as certified healthcare professional Arlene Karole began navigating the early stages of her own diagnosis. Voluminous research and numerous consultations with doctors and discussions with friends followed, ultimately leading to this book, which is designed to teach, inspire, and empower. No matter your unique diagnosis, stage of breast cancer, stage of life, or gender (men get breast cancer too), you have choices regarding your attitude, approach, and health-care decisions.
Karole employs incredible candor, an often-humorous approach, and a great deal of vulnerability in connecting with her readers. She provides resources, checklists, and definitions. This book is designed as a road map through a breast cancer diagnosis; it's a step-by-step guide on what you can expect, what you need to know, and what to do next—from initial diagnosis through the difficult decisions ahead.
In Just Diagnosed, Karole helps readers grapple with this most intimate disease. With her book as a guide, you will face this news with great friends—even "breast friends"—courage, and fearlessness, knowing you do have choices, you are in control and most of all, you are not alone.
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What People are Saying About This
“This is a book that aims to help those who have just been diagnosed to get the most from their breast cancer-related consults and appointments. Some of its sections focus on preventive care and suggest changes to enjoy better health; others are directed at those who are coping with medical challenges in the moment. The text is written with nuance, and its lines are empowering and coherent, even when it comes to technical medical jargon. It is also perky, reassuring, and sisterly…Just Diagnosed: Breast Cancer is a practical guide through breast cancer that includes sensible support options for every phase, from diagnosis to discovery and recovery.”
Arlene has hit this issue head-on and approached what can be a catastrophic event in a woman’s life and turned her personal diagnosis into a testament of victory! So often women faced with breast cancer feel defeated and hopeless. After all, it’s our breasts, an important part of who we are, and our feminine badge of honor is at stake! Just Diagnosed is the playbook of experience, fear, strength, and tenacity, a guide for all women who have faced breast cancer; may face breast cancer; or who need the confirmation that I can, I will take charge of my life, my breast, and survive! Arlene, I applaud you!
Hallia Baker, President, The Labor of Love Association Inc.
This book fills an important void in consumer health literature. It takes the science of the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment out of the medical journals and streamlines it, making it accessible and understandable to everyday patients and their loved ones. As you read, you’ll get the sense that Arlene isn’t just dispensing information. Her approach is deeply human. She’s your friend, your advocate, and, because she’s walked this road before you, your Sherpa.
Steve Dunlop, communications trainer, former anchor and correspondent, Fox News and CBS News
As a medical educator Arlene has been a passionate and relentless force in bringing the most up-to-date information to the health-care community. She now brings that same relentless passion to educate and empower all of us though the breast cancer journey. Her words compel all to trust that inner voice and advocate for health and wellness. Her optimism makes survivorship possible.
Jean M. Cacciabaudo, MD, FACC; FASNC; medical officer, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Northwell Health; assistant professor of Cardiology at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Both informational and inspirational, this book is the goddess guide to the universe of breast cancer complexity. Few people have the grit and deeply inquisitive and tireless nature of Arlene Karole. With determination and courage to dig deeper, she’s done the work and relieves the burden of “not knowing what to do.” This well- organized stepwise guide helps readers prioritize not just their breast cancer-related consults and appointments, but to commit to greater awareness of what changes we can make to enjoy better health than what was “normal” before.
Ricki Pollycove, MD, San Francisco Integrative Gynecology
In her own inimitable voice, Arlene Karole issues a deeply personal invitation into a breast cancer sisterhood that none of us choose but all of us cherish. Through wit and wisdom, anecdote and alchemy, she weaves practical advice, inspirational guidance, and deep caring intended to ease the burden of a breast cancer diagnosis. Arlene accompanies women on their journey as reluctant travelers on a feared and unknown path, helping them find the gift of deeper meaning along the way.
Laura Adams, special advisor, National Academy of Medicine; breast cancer survivor
Just Diagnosed is at once a much-needed resource for those diagnosed with breast cancer and a deeply moving authentic exploration of one woman’s universal healing journey. I look forward to offering this guide as a resource for my patients and to anyone in need of a comprehensive guide for navigating the breast cancer diagnosis. Arlene’s uplifting attitude and positive self-agency permeates the book and, most important, helps anyone diagnosed with breast cancer feel they can handle the experience.
Lisa Langer, PhD, clinical psychologist; associate professor of Psychiatry at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine Hofstra/Northwell; Author, Deeper into Mindfulness: Next Steps to Sustain Your Meditation Practice and Find Inner Peace; certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher
This book shares greatly helpful information for anyone facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Arlene’s experience provides a clear benefit to those looking for help during one of the most difficult challenges in life. This book shares Arlene’s experiences from the moment she heard those dreaded words“You have cancer”to today, where she has come full circle and is now a volunteer for the Breast Cancer Helpline at SHARE, the same helpline that aided her through her own ordeal.
Christine Benjamin, LMSW; SHARE, senior director, Patient Services and Education
This inspirational book about Arlene’s own experience and journey provides the reader with detailed research and guidance in how to advocate for yourself through this sensitive topic. Its writing is aided by her New York wit and personality. Having known Arlene for almost eight years, she has always demonstrated a passion and drive to serve others through her work and personal life. Listening to her body was pivotal in empowering herself during her experience, which led her on this path of determination to know more about this devastating diagnosisand how it almost was missed.
Tracy Lin, PT Cert.; advanced clinician physical therapist, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Just Diagnosed is a must read for patients who have received a breast cancer diagnosis, as well as one for their families and caregivers. A brilliant woman with extensive knowledge of a large health system’s intricacies and complexity, Arlene’s inspiring story is one of empowerment, advocacy, and hope.
Ann C. Lichti, CHCP; FACEHP; Vice President of Outcomes, Accreditation, and Compliance, PER Physician’s Education Resource, LLC
Just as the Vinnie Myers Team provides a unique service to survivors in need of closure, Arlene Karole provides a unique service to her “breast friends” with this enlightening collection. Her facts, figures, and fighting mentality will rally those just starting their journey and those looking for answers.
Vinnie Myers, tattoo artist, Vinnie Myers Team and Little Vinnies Tattoos
Arlene has been a friend and colleague for twenty years; this book reminds me why our friendship has lasted. She is insightful and speaks in a voice we can understand and believe. While supporting her views with helpful information, she tells a compelling and relatable story that will undoubtedly aid many women in her shoes. While I would expect nothing less from this talented author, I continue to be amazed by her drive, skills, and knowledge. Arlene speaks from the heart; it is our privilege to listen.
Rick Amari, founder, Columbus Consulting Inc.
Having worked with Arlene for many years, I have found her passion, enthusiasm, and innovative teaching create a dynamic learning environment that allows her students to thrive both inside and outside the classroom. With this approach mirrored in Just Diagnosed, she guides her readers with warmth and candor, offering many teachable moments. With commitment and authenticity, she provides her readers a how-to guide for taking ownership of and navigating their diagnosis.
Glenn Gerstner, PhD; MBA; Dean, The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies, St. John’s University