One of the true signs of progress in the fight against breast
cancer is the number of survivors who have conquered this disease.
Their stories are wonderfully inspiring and their voices provide
both authority and experience for other women who are currently
Barbara Delinsky is known as the best-selling author of THE
VINEYARD and COAST ROAD. But until the publication of UPLIFT:
Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, many
readers would have had no idea that she also proudly carries a
In the foreword of UPLIFT Delinsky tells her own story, immediately
lending credibility to her role in shaping this book. Details from
her own experience are related in straightforward language that
encourages readers to understand that breast cancer can be viewed
as a moment in one's life, instead of consuming it. Intensely
personal and extremely enlightening, UPLIFT is chock full of the
kind of information you would want to share with a friend who's
been recently diagnosed. Better yet, you should read it yourself
and learn how to be the best possible friend to someone during this
tough time. Clearly the discipline and direction that Delinsky
created in her world carried through into her months of healing.
Her prose is inspirational.
Each chapter begins with more copy from Delinsky and then becomes a
bulletin board of sorts, with "postings" from "the sisterhood"
containing tips, ideas, and yes, their secrets on coping with and
conquering this dreaded disease. The commentary swings between
being serious to being upbeat. What was particularly nice to see
was the chapter on "Men" and their impressions of breast cancer. I
found the three men who commented on one woman's cancer from the
perspectives of partner, father, and grandfather to be particularly
The book is also pretty, with a vellum wrap surrounding a lovely
inner cover that resembles a floral watercolor. Due primarily to
her success as an author, Delinsky cites that she will be able to
donate all of her proceeds to breast cancer research. Thus, this
title is a special gift to readers. It's both a celebration and an
affirmation of the power of surviving.
Reviewed by Carol Fitzgerald on January 24, 2011