Lucas, Geralyn. Then Came Life: Living with Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer. Gotham. Oct. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9781592408955. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698162181. HEALTH
Lucas made a splash with her first book, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy (LJ 9/1/04), the brash and brazen tale of her bout with breast cancer at age 27. Now, 18 years later and recurrence free, Lucas, head of Hallie Productions, feels there is more to say about life postcancer. The candid and perceptive author talks about motherhood (she has two children, which was unexpected following her chemotherapy and radiation treatment), marriage, body image, self-worth, family, and the loss of loved ones as she ultimately seizes living over living in fear. Lipstick was made into a television movie, so fans will assuredly want to see how the author is doing. VERDICT: Lucas’s sage commentary will bring a nod of recognition from fellow cancer travelers and a smile to everyone’s lips, even if they aren’t cherry red. Highly recommended.