It's (Not) Just About the Breast is an inspiring book about Petrina's triumph over the adversity of her breast cancer and BRCA1 gene mutation diagnosis (also carried by Angelina Jolie). Diagnosed in 2007 at only 31 years of age, Petrina confronts the challenges of her breast cancer treatment and risk reducing surgeries, including bilateral mastectomies and breast reconstructions to manage her breast cancer risk, and oophorectomies to manage her ovarian cancer risk. These treatments save her life; however, they also leave her with a number of challenges to overcome, including early menopause and infertility.
In her must-read book, Petrina provides insights and ideas about how to navigate the post-diagnosis pathway. She demonstrates the importance of access to holistic and comprehensive healthcare, and the value of loving, supportive and meaningful relationships with friends and family. Petrina also shows us that through courage, hope and determination, it is possible to find our way back to a meaningful and full life. We must, however, always remain open to the positive times and opportunities that can come our way, even in our darkest and most vulnerable moments.
This is her story, the story of healing and rebuilding after cancer, the story of the BRCA1 gene...and the story of family resilience over generations.
"Petrina's book is a must-read... I couldn't put it down."
Assoc. Prof. Paul Cohen, FRANZCOG, MD
"Beautifully described. This book provides invaluable advice and inspiration... not just to survive, but to live, thrive and kick ass "
Prof. Christobel Saunders, Order of Australia, FRACS
"Petrina's reflections are a true insight..."
Ms. Kirsten Pilatti, CEO, Breast Cancer Network Australia