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    Lorna J Brunelle(Author)

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A treasured read. I learned, laughed, and cried. I will pass on this remarkable resource.
- Dawn Eger Rizzo, Thyroid Cancer Survivor

Unflappable, witty, honest, and inspirational describe Lorna's exploration of her journey. As a survivor of kidney cancer, I was awed, captivated, and encouraged by the positive nature of Lorna's personal philosophy.
- Marsha E. Bergquist, Cancer Survivor

Having suffered much loss from this disease, Lorna's narrative about dealing with thyroid cancer is not only filled with useful and practical information, but was cathartic for my own repressed emotions. I laughed, I cried, and I healed.
- Ellie Osborne

Lorna has the innate gift of bringing light, laughter, and hope while sharing her journey with readers. I was pulled in by her honesty and even laughed out loud at times.
- Linda Joy, Publisher

Main Entry: dirty bomb-shell Function: noun Date: 2005 : a former bombshell beauty fighting thyroid cancer in the Nuclear Medicine Department of a hospital about to ingest a purple radioactive radiation pill that will make her a contagious toxic human dirty bomb.

Dirty Bombshell is the poignant and brave story of a 33 year old girl who is fighting her way back to wellness. Her triumphant story sheds light on a cancer most Americans are in the dark about. This story of faith, forgiveness, strength, hope, courage, tolerance, and self-discovery will change the way you tackle hardship, leaving you with the power to survive and thrive. Dirty Bombshell will help you find your way back to FABULOUS!

As an actor, singer, writer, producer, and teacher, Lorna J. Brunelle has always had a passion for the arts. A tireless volunteer, with an indelible commitment to bring positive change, she is dedicated to a range of causes.

Certainly we all have in us a remote (or perhaps more immediate) fear of a cancer diagnosis. What if it wasn't just any cancer, but one that targets the very area on which your livelihood depends?  Some of us might think we'd curl up and expire, but until you're faced with the reality of it, you never know how you'll take it. Lorna J. Brunelle resolved to dig down deep in her soul and find the fight to push through the hardship, and come out the other side a survivor. Her story raises awareness for what is, in fact, the fastest-growing cancer in the United States, with new cases cropping up at a rate of approximately four percent annually--faster than colon or breast cancer. In 2009, 35,000 new cases of thyroid cancer were diagnosed. It's estimated that more than 350,000 people in the U.S. are living with thyroid cancer. A treasured read. I learned, laughed, and cried. I will pass on this remarkable resource.  - Dawn Eger Rizzo, Thyroid Cancer Survivor Unflappable, witty, honest, and inspirational describe Lorna's exploration of her journey. As a survivor of kidney cancer, I was awed, captivated, and encouraged by the positive nature of Lorna's personal philosophy.  - Marsha E. Bergquist, Cancer Survivor Having suffered much loss from this disease, Lorna's narrative about dealing with thyroid cancer is not only filled with useful and practical information, but was cathartic for my own repressed emotions.  I laughed, I cried, and I healed.  - Ellie Osborne Lorna has the innate gift of bringing light, laughter, and hope while sharing her journey with readers. I was pulled in by her honesty and even laughed out loud at times.  - Linda Joy, Publisher Main Entry: dirty bomb-shellFunction: nounDate: 2005: a former bombshell beauty fighting thyroid cancer in the Nuclear Medicine Department of a hospital about to ingest a purple radioactive radiation pill that will make her a contagious toxic human dirty bomb.  Dirty Bombshell is the poignant and brave story of a 33 year old girl who is fighting her way back to wellness. Her triumphant story sheds light on a cancer most Americans are in the dark about. This story of faith, forgiveness, strength, hope, courage, tolerance, and self-discovery will change the way you tackle hardship, leaving you with the power to survive and thrive. Dirty Bombshell will help you find your way back to FABULOUS! As an actor, singer, writer, producer, and teacher, Lorna J. Brunelle has always had a passion for the arts. A tireless volunteer, with an indelible commitment to bring positive change, she is dedicated to a range of causes.

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  • PDF | 340 pages
  • Lorna J Brunelle(Author)
  • AuthorHouse (December 2, 2010)
  • English
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  • Health, Fitness & Dieting

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  • By robk on February 10, 2011

    I am a 10-year thyroid cancer survivor, and was eager to read this book. Although I certainly empathize - and can relate- to Ms. Brunelle's fear and and confusion upon diagnosis and surgery - her writing of her experience struck a sour note with me. I am VERY thankful that I did not read this book BEFORE my biopsy, surgery, hypothyroidism, and radioactive iodine treatment. The needle biopsy, for me, was unpleasant, but not horribly painful, the surgery uncomfortable and stressful, but with minimal scarring and some hoarseness which disappeared. During my "hypo" phase, I was fatigued, but certainly was able to "squeeze the toothpaste on my toothbrush", and go about my daily activities with extra sweaters (!) And I approached the treatment of radioactive ioidine as my "cure", and had no ill effects from the pill. Yes, the quarantine was stressful - the subsequent body scan even more so - but the end result well worth every step of this journey. It is srange, I agree to call thyroid cancer the "good cancer", but after watching a dear friend die from pancreatic cancer, another friend with incurable kidney cancer - I am thankful that my papillary carcinoma has a 98% cure rate, and I am still here to write this. I also find it interesting that upon lowering her meds, Ms. Brunelle "immediately" was thrust back into "hypo" mode. Thyroid meds take several weeks to "kick in", so lowering meds would also take that long to feel any ill effects. I am writing this review (the first time I've ever done so) to give "another side" to treatment of this disease. My experience was nothing like Ms. Brunelle's - I'm sorry she went through so much suffering - but this is not what EVERYONE goes through who has this disease.

  • By Love shopping Amazon on January 30, 2011

    I am about halfway through this book and ready to move on to the next. I am surprised to find so many typos and grammatical errors. They are far too distracting for me.

  • By Ashley on March 27, 2011

    I'll admit, I didn't read the whole thing. I couldn't. I have thyroid cancer and was really looking for a book that would help me with what I'm feeling and what I've been going through physically. But all I found was someone who felt sorry for herself and complained about being hypothyroid. For anyone who has suffered from this disease, you know that it's just a part of the process and you push through and you move on. You may be afraid of the scans, but you do them anyway. They will save your life. I wasn't interested in reading about someone feeling sorry for herself; I wanted to read about the realities of the disease from someone else who recognizes that things could always be worse. Every comment I read said how funny and uplifting it was, but I didn't get that...maybe I didn't read enough of it but if it starts off that bad I just can't see how it could be any better later on. I also felt like she bragged a lot about her accomplishments and how tough she is. If she's so tough then why couldn't she realize that not only is cancer not a death sentence, but thyroid cancer is treatable and curable? There are so many people out there who have it worse than we do. I'm not saying it's an easy thing to go through, but the last thing I need as a cancer patient is to read about someone who thinks it's the worst thing in the world. The treatments are tough, and dealing with the hormonal changes is not easy, but it's all bearable. I have done it as a single mom to a 2 year old, so it can't be THAT bad.

  • By Linda Nuckolls on October 10, 2013

    I happened upon this book by accident and started reading out of sheer curiosity, as I haven't given my thyroid cancer (Papillary, follicular variant back in 1998) much thought in years. I knew when I read it that I had to write a review in the hopes of saving some poor soul(s) a good deal of grief and stress.First of all there are several different kinds of Thyroid cancer. The author and I had the most mild and common form - Papillary. Medullary and Anaplastic Thyroid cancers are quite serious and very, very rare. Unless you are diagnosed with metastatic disease, or you are diagnosed with one of those rare types, odds are very, very high that you're going to be just fine. Yes, you have to have surgery, full body radiation, and periodic scans for about a decade. You will have to have blood tests and take one thyroid replacement hormone pill a day for the rest of your life. If that was the worst problem I ever had in my life I would consider myself quite lucky indeed! I have been through far scarier, more painful things than my thyroid cancer, and so have countless people on this planet who don't write self-indulged books about their experiences. My 12 year old was braver for her emergency appendectomy than this author is! Boo-hoo the body scan was soooo scary - seriously, get over it.As a contrast, this is my experience: I missed exactly one week of work for my entire cancer treatment: surgery + radiation. My TSH for the scan skyrocketed, of course, but frankly I was more worn out in my first trimesters of my pregnancies (which were both post cancer), than I was from being extremely hypothyroid. I did have heart palpitations when getting my dosage adjusted after my scans, which was unnerving, but it is part of the process. My scar is so faint I can hardly see it. My only real reminder of the whole deal is the Synthroid I take every night, and my yearly visit to my Endo for blood work. This book makes everything to do with Thyroid cancer treatment sound so awful, but that is just the narcissistic author spinning her tale. I have friends who have been through other cancers, and Papillary Thyroid cancer treatment for most people just doesn't even compare to the hell they have had to go through - not even close!!! Take care of it, do your due diligence in monitoring and hormone adjustment, then live your full complete life. Please don't let the 'woe is me' spin of this book cloud your experience. It is an inconvenience, for sure, but it's not like other more serious prolonged cancer treatment. Have a positive attitude, and don't be afraid, because you're much more likely to die from driving on the highway to your doctor appointment.But wait - here's for all of you that will be offended because I have minimized this experience. I recognize that everyone is different - of course! I am trying to give the most common (and contrasting to the author's) perspective on Papillary Thyroid cancer, one that is also shared by my doctor, and the women I know personally who were diagnosed after me. So much of your experience is in your mental attitude. Don't read this offensive book unless you just want to feel sorry for yourself or scare yourself. Take a long walk instead.


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