When she was 32 years old and newly diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, Tara Shuman learned the power of hope. Tara was married with two young children, a full-time job, and no family history of the disease when she began her cancer treatment. Over the next year, Tara would undergo a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and she would receive chemotherapy and biotherapy at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Hope Is a Good Breakfast is a memoir about this journey.
With honesty and humility, Tara takes readers into some of her most personal moments including conversations with her husband about fertility issues and life insurance, with her four-year-old son about heaven and hair loss, and with her doctors about her biggest fears. In Hope Is a Good Breakfast, Tara describes the physical challenges that her surgeries and treatment presented—including an anaphylactic reaction to chemotherapy—as well as the emotional challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis in a young adult.
Hope Is a Good Breakfast offers a down-to-earth and even humorous account of a young mother's journey of self-doubt and self-discovery. It is not simply a book about cancer, but rather, a story about strength and struggle, fear and failure, life and love. Hope Is a Good Breakfast is for anyone who has ever carried the weight of the world on his or her shoulders and wondered, “How will I bear it?” While this memoir does not offer instructions, it does tell simple and inspiring stories of how one woman, her family, and her community faced the dreaded disease. Hope Is a Good Breakfast offers proof for all ages of how some people decide to not only hope but to dream big—really big—even when the odds are stacked against them.