A Random Interruption
About the Book
Suzanne Zaccone writes with an iron grip on the details and reveals the secrets of cancer patients that are taboo and lost in translation. A Random Interruption is equipped with a dictionary of the language of breast cancer and a list of provocative questions to ask the doctors. World-renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Song adds a medical perspective to the book with a “Doctor’s Corner.”
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A successful businesswoman gives a warts-and-all account of her fight with cancer. In 2008, Zaccone learned that a mass in her right breast was an invasive cancerous tumor. Armed with pink boxing gloves and the unwavering support of her husband, family and friends, she underwent chemotherapy and radiation—and the vomiting, hair and weight loss, bouts of constipation and nearly unendurable pain that accompanied the treatment. First she cried: “Not the crying, boo-hoo-hoo, snotty, messy, snorting kind of crying—but more like Niagara Falls; constant.” During her “random interruption,” Zaccone met and held her ground with several medical professionals. She worried about her looks, had her breasts blessed with holy water, hosted a head-shaving party, drank Grey Goose vodka, shopped for wigs to match her hair color, vowed to quit smoking and didn’t, handled insurance claims for her damaged lake house and dreamed of writing a bestseller—all while resembling more and more, in her words, a sort of human Chia Pet. The story is emotionally honest and packed with personal details that few would disclose or openly discuss. It’s heartening to know there’s a husband—“an ass man”—who takes his wife’s mastectomy in stride. Some chapters end with brief medical insights (“Dr. Song’s Corner”) courtesy of Dr. David H. Song of the University of Chicago Medical Center. The book also includes a glossary (“The Language of Breast Cancer”) and lists of suggested questions to ask doctors. There’s no doubt that Zaccone is sincere in her wish to alleviate suffering, and women with breast cancer, no matter their background, should find comfort and guidance here.
I’m always inspired by women who face life’s challenges head-on. Suzanne’s breast cancer journey is inspiring, humorous and honest. Knowing that someone has been down that road and lived to share her story (and a cocktail or two!) will help anyone brave their own battle with the disease.
Suzanne this book is awesome. I’ve had a couple of friends that have gone through this journey and you really have an eye-opening account of raw emotions that come with this. I wish you many great years ahead of you...God bless you and thanks for sharing your story.
The best book about the breast cancer experience I’ve ever read. Candid, intensely personal, a no holds barred recounting of a life changing event.
I read with great interest 'A Random Interruption' as I too was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though the particulars are of course individual to our cases much of the information presented was very helpful. Reading the book let me compare my treatment options with another (Suzanne). I was also able to relate quite well with her descriptions of feelings and the different challenges the author faced. It was read with smiles, tears, and aha moments. A very worthwhile read for anyone who has or knows a person close to them going through cancer. Best wishes for continued success not only with the book, foundation, but your continued recovery to good health.