Cancer Is A Funny Thing
By Marie de Haan
Marie de Haan—wife, mother of three, piano teacher, songwriter, and writer—was leading an impossibly busy life. All of that changed when she was blindsided by a diagnosis of Stage III breast cancer.
She got even busier.
From chemotherapy and surgery to battles with the insurance company, tussles with her naturopath over the consumption of sugar to internal debate over whether or not to endure radiation, Cancer Is A Funny Thing details how Marie handled these issues: with humor and grace. And Häagen-Dazs chocolate mint ice cream.
Cancer Is A Funny Thing: Reconstructing My Life
By Marie de Haan
Marie de Haan—wife, mother of three, piano teacher, songwriter, and writer—is back again, snarky as ever. Cancer Is a Funny Thing: Reconstructing My Life is the heartwarming follow-up to Marie’s memoir about her breast cancer diagnosis, and details her pursuit of joy and purpose in the midst of continued treatment and healing.
Diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer at the age of 42, Marie was given a poor prognosis. Putting on her big-girl panties, she endured surgery and chemotherapy, albeit kicking and screaming. At visits to the naturopath, the battle continued over her consumption of sugar. In between all of her doctor appointments and infusions, Marie started a cancer blog, which covers such subjects as poop, boobies, and sex.
Now, as if six doctors wasn’t enough, she agonizes about adding a plastic surgeon—to perform a breast reconstruction—to the mix, all the while trying to stay on top of medical bills, lose weight, fulfill her dream of meeting Fran Drescher, and accomplish her never-ending to-do list. She handles all of these issues with humor and grace. And Häagen-Dazs Rocky Road ice cream.